Question about USB Ethernet adapter & external display

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by qubex, May 20, 2009.

  1. qubex macrumors 6502


    May 12, 2004
    045°042'21.99"N, 009°005'056.57"E

    I haven't bought a MacBookAir (yet, cue neurotic nail-biting in the "desperate for Rev. C" thread).

    But I have a question for those of you who have the 24" external monitor and the USB ethernet adapter.

    If you plug the USB/Ethernet adapter into a USB port on the screen, can you connect to the network through the screen's connection? Or does the Ethernet adapter only work if it's plugged directly into the laptop?

    I ask because I'm wondering if I can set up a "one plug one socket" kind of docking station, or if I need to arrange for multiple cables and so forth.

  2. Veinticinco macrumors 6502a


    Feb 25, 2009
    'Tis a very good question. I asked the same a couple of months again in my local AS as I was toying with the ACD.

    I was told the answer was 'yes' - and whilst I can't confirm this right now (my rev.Bs are gone and I'm also chomping at the bit for a rev.C) it does make sense in a way, given the ACD was designed to be a 'dock' and the adaptor does not require the abnormally-high power supplied by the MBA's USB port (unlike the the Superdrive).

    i.e. Network connection should therefore be fine re-routed like this.

    I guess the fixed short cable on Superdrive was confirmation that this ACD-coupling would not work as a desktop dock solution.

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