Will this dual monitor/ethernet setup work?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by kinsdotnet, Sep 23, 2014.

  1. kinsdotnet macrumors newbie

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    So I convinced my workplace to get me a 13 inch retina MacBook Pro as my work computer. The problem I've run into, however lies in the display adapters and lack of ethernet.

    The only solution, given my monitors, that I can come up with is to connect one display via displayport/thunderbolt, and connect the other display via HDMI-> displayport adapter using the HDMI port on my MacBook.

    This would leave one thunderbolt port open for use with a thunderbolt->ethernet adapter.

    Would this setup work? Can I use HDMI->Displayport and still use the other thunderbolt for display?

    Is there a better alternative anyone has come up with?
     
  2. AdrianK macrumors 68020

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    No, DP to HDMI cables only work DP to HDMI. Going the opposite direction requires active conversation rather than a passive adapter.

    I was about to ask which manufacturer in their right mind would limit a display to DP only... I guess I forgot where I was :p
     
  3. x3n0n1c macrumors regular

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    Just use a USB Gigabit Ethernet adapter, that will free up the two thunderbolt ports for display purposes.
     
  4. kinsdotnet thread starter macrumors newbie

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    The displays I'm attaching to also have DVI and VGA. I wasn't aware of that limitation of HDMI. Can I go HDMI to DVI in such a fashion?

    I may be resigned to just using USB to ethernet, but its speed limitation is disconcerting.
     
  5. poiihy macrumors 68020

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    AFAIK HDMI and DVI use the same signals so you can easily use an HDMI to DVI cable.
     
  6. Killerbob macrumors 6502a

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    Get the ATD, it connects via TB/DP, has en Ethernet port on it, and is an excellent monitor...
     

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