Screen Sharing over Thunderbolt Bridge

Discussion in 'iMac' started by roninpawnee, Jun 23, 2015.

  1. roninpawnee macrumors newbie

    Jun 9, 2015
    Has anyone tried using the retina 5K iMac's screen using Screen Sharing over a Thunderbolt Bridge?

    I have a macbook air and the only I was not buying a 5k iMac is that I like to use my laptop at work sometimes and would have to buy an extra monitor for it since the 5k iMac will not allow Targeted Display Mode.

    Is Screen Sharing over Thunderbolt a good replacement for that? I mostly code and write documents..

  2. roninpawnee thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 9, 2015
  3. roninpawnee thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 9, 2015
  4. redheeler, Jun 27, 2015
    Last edited: Jun 27, 2015

    redheeler macrumors 604


    Oct 17, 2014
    I do use Screen Sharing over Thunderbolt Bridge, with a headless 2012 Mac mini.

    You'll certainly notice some lag compared to Target Display Mode, but for those tasks it should work ok.

    Screen Sharing has the added benefits of displaying in a nice window and sharing the iMac's keyboard and mouse, which I find more convenient than Target Display Mode.

    If you want it to act like a true second screen (instead of simply mirroring your MacBook Air's 1440x900 display), you'll have to get an HDMI display emulator or app like Air Display.

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