MBA and external monitor (non-TB)?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by atpnh, Oct 22, 2012.

  1. atpnh macrumors newbie

    Oct 22, 2012
    I recently took possession of a mid-2012 13" MBA. Loving it. Wonderful.
    Only one problem I'm hoping I can get advice from you all about.
    My employer is unlikely to pony up for TB Monitor from Apple. Something about the $999 price tag...
    Unfortunately if use the TB port on my MBA for a non-TB Monitor, I lose my ability to use it for my ethernet connection (wireless in my office is not reliable).
    I'm hoping for a recommendation for an external monitor that I could run off one of the two USB 3 outputs on the MBA. Does any one have experience with this or recommendations?
  2. JoetheBastard macrumors member

    May 13, 2007

    You should get a usb 3.0 Ethernet adapter instead as the display would look the best through the TB port. Ethernet can run fine over usb. that what I would do in that situation with my air.
  3. wditters macrumors member

    Apr 10, 2012
    This is one of the first USB 3.0 to Gigabit adapters to have hit the market. That way you can use a TB->VGA/DVI/DP adapter to connect your display. The other way around unfortunately is not possible yet. I have seen a few USB 3.0 display adapters already but afaik none of them offer OSX drivers (yet)

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