Using MBA 2011 as an external monitor to an iMac

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by coffee1, Dec 5, 2016.

  1. coffee1 macrumors newbie

    Dec 5, 2016
    Is this possible? I'd like to achieve this hopefully with cables rather than a LAN connection. I can get either thunderbolt cable or usb cable but before buying anything, I want to make sure if this is possible at all? My hunch is that it won't work even if I just hook up my MBA (Lion) to my iMac (Mountain Lion) with a thunderbolt cable. Do I need some app for this? If so what would it be?
  2. Boyd01 macrumors 68040


    Feb 21, 2012
    New Jersey Pine Barrens
    There's an app called Airserver that should let you use Airplay between the iMac and MBA although I have not used it. Gigabit ethernet would be the fastest way to connect them but you would need an ethernet adapter for the MBA. I'm sure there would be some latency however.

    Why would you want to use an MBA as an external screen though?

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