multiple external monitors on Macbook Air

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by deadherring, May 18, 2017.

  1. deadherring macrumors newbie

    May 13, 2016
    Hi all,

    I have an early 2015 13" Macbook Air. I want to connect two external monitors to it. I know that the Air will support multiple monitors because I have a setup with a thunderbolt hub and a thunderbolt hard drive with two monitors. This is my setup:

    Air-->thunderbolt hub-->monitor (via thunderbolt to hdmi)
    Thunderbolt hub-->hard drive-->monitor (via thunderbolt to hdmi)

    This works 100% perfectly. I have a second location in which I want to setup two monitors. I do not want to do the same as above because it is expensive. I do not want to use a usb-->hdmi adapter because I've tried them in the past and they made my computer crash constantly.

    From what I've gathered, I can use an Apple thunderbolt display to daisy chain monitors, so Air-->apple display-->2nd external monitor (via thunderbolt to hdmi).

    My question is, now that there are third party thunderbolt displays, can I do the same with them? Can I connect:

    Air-->third party display (via thunderbolt)-->non thunderbolt monitor (via thunderbolt to hdmi)

    Here's an example of a third party thunderbolt display:

    I can't tell from the description if this has a true thunderbolt port and if what i am describing will work. Can anyone help me?


  2. dacreativeguy macrumors 68020

    Jan 27, 2007
  3. deadherring thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 13, 2016
    Thanks for the reply. That confirms my own research--that its either daisy chaining two thunderbolt monitors or two thunderbolt docks.

    I did find this product:

    I called their tech support and they claim it will let me connect two external monitors to my macbook air, neither of which have to be Thunderbolt. I'm probably going to order it via Amazon and if it doesn't work, I can return it.

    Any thoughts on whether it is likely to work?

  4. dhruvbonnerjee macrumors newbie

    May 26, 2018
    Thanks Nathan, did the startech adapter work?
  5. bifta23 macrumors newbie


    May 28, 2018
    United Kingdom
    I have been using the Startech USB 2 dongle for over a year and it works flawlessy
  6. dhruvbonnerjee macrumors newbie

    May 26, 2018
    Awesome. Am going with a Startech adapter as well. There's an issue with High Sierra 10.13.4 I'm told. Thankfully mine's still 10.13.3
  7. Apple fanboy macrumors Penryn

    Apple fanboy

    Feb 21, 2012
    Behind the Lens, UK
    Are you running High Sierra?
    I've been running 2 monitors on my MacBook Air for a while, but updated to High Sierra this week and they stopped working. Tried a few different ones (though not the Startech one), but no joy.
    --- Post Merged, Jun 22, 2018 ---
    Tell me about it! Does 10.13.3 work okay then?

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