Thunderbolt splitter?

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  1. petrucci666 macrumors 6502a

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    I'm connecting my 2012 Macbook Air via MiniDisplayPort to an old Apple Cinema Display (one of these displays)


    Since my only thunderbolt port is occupied to connect to the display, is there a thunderbolt splitter that I could use so that I can also plug in my ethernet cable as well (via the Thunderbolt to Ethernet adapter)? Or any other alternative?
     
  2. Flat-Line, Oct 6, 2013
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    Only with a Matrox or Belkin thunderbolt hub.
    Or if the Sonnet or Caldigit thunderbolt hubs are out yet, but not sure.
    Thunderbolt Display is the probably the best option for your needs. You get the ethernet and extra ports plus higher resolution and more real estate.

    Edit:
    Plus you can use actually use the firewire 800 opposed to the firewire 400 that's left hanging on that Cinema Display, but you lose the matte display (vs the glossy).
    Cost wise those thunderbolt hubs are $200+ which may be better spent put towards the cost of a newer display. Apple refurbs are $799.99 now I believe.
     
  3. petrucci666 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Will this work? http://store.apple.com/us/product/MC704ZM/A/apple-usb-ethernet-adapter
     
  4. Flat-Line macrumors newbie

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    That will work however it might be a bit slower compare to the Thunderbolt to Gigabyte Ethernet adapter. (10/100 vs Giga). Haven't used the USB adapter myself but have had good experience with the Thunderbolt version.
     
  5. Flat-Line macrumors newbie

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    I just remembered there is another device that'll work besides the hubs mentioned before called the LandingZone. It's a docking station that has built in ethernet and USB's, a slot to fit your MagSafe. If I remember correctly it only supports mini display port passthrough and not Thunderbolt but in your case of using a DVI to MiniDP that should work. I believe there were two version, a lower end and higher end unit, priced around $100 and $200. The lower end only was essentially just a dock (video passthrough and charging, maybe a USB) and the higher end with Gigabyte plus more USB's or something like that. Still a bit high priced but if you're in need of an all-in-one docking station to use with existing peripherals than could be an option. I'll see find I can find a link and post it later.
     
  6. petrucci666 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks a lot for your help, I'll look into it!
     
  7. sprale macrumors member

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    Looks like LandingZone is still one of the better docking solutions, and now that the MBP lost it's Kensington lock port, this is probably the best solution for an office environment. Looks like they have models from $99 to $199 for moth the MBP and the Air.

    http://www.landingzone.net/products/
     

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