What do you do when you have a computer with a single Thunderbolt port and 2 peripherals that both have single Thunderbolt ports? This was at the root of a question from community member Sylvester Malik.
I was wondering if you guys could maybe guide me in a external monitor question that I have been dealing with for a while. I have a 2012 15" Macbook Pro i7 2.6 16GB RAM and I am using Avid HD Native Thunderbolt with an Avid 16X16 interface.
I have been recently looking to get a external monitor for when I need to mix at home and I am not on the road. Since the Macbook is limited to outputs that I could use, I think I would need a monitor that is Thunderbolt but I don't want have any problems with my interface that I am using.
I like the Apple Thunderbolt displays but I am not sure that it will work well with my Avid HD Native system. Anyways love the podcast and hope you could maybe guide me a little with my monitor situation. Thanks.
Sylvester, Thunderbolt can be daisy chained just like Firewire, but the problem is a lot of peripheral manufacturers only put one Thunderbolt port on their Thunderbolt equipped units like the Avid Thunderbolt unit and Apple Thunderbolt equipped monitors. Now you can get Firewire hubs so surely the solution is a Thunderbolt hub?
Unfortunately not, when you search for a Thunderbolt hub, what you get are Thunderbolt Docks, which only have 2 Thunderbolt ports, and that doesn't solve your problem as long as you want to use a monitor that uses a Thunderbolt or Apple Mini Display Port connection.
So my suggestion is that you use a Thunderbolt Dock that has an HDMI port and connect your external monitor via HDMI.
There are a growing number of Thunderbolt Docks on the market but here are two worth looking at...
Elgato Thunderbolt 2 Dock
- 2x Thunderbolt™ 2 (20 Gb/s, bi-directional Input/Output)
- 1x HDMI 1.4b Output (up to 4096 x 2160 pixels resolution, HDCP compliant)
- 1x RJ45 10/100/1000BASE-T Gigabit Ethernet
- 3x USB 3.0 (5 Gb/s, 1.5A, USB Battery Charging 1.2 & UASP compliant)
- 1x 3.5 mm Headphone Output (amplified analog stereo)
- 1x 3.5 mm Microphone Input (mono)
- 1x Power Input (DC 12V 5A)
- Note that the Elgato Thunderbolt 2 Dock does not provide power to computers.
- Display Configurations
- HDMI output up to 4096 x 2160 pixels at 24 Hz, 3840 x 2160 pixels at 30 Hz, and 2560 x 1600 pixels at 60 Hz.
- Dual displays are supported when using HDMI and a Thunderbolt™ or Thunderbolt™ 2 display.
- Video output format and frame rate may be limited by host capabilities.
- Price around $220
OWC Thunderbolt 2 Dock
- Dual Thunderbolt 2 ports for daisy-chain support
- Ultra-HD 4K and multiple display support
- 1 HDMI and 4K
- 5 fully-powered USB 3.0 ports including two high-power ports
- FireWire 800 for connecting external storage and legacy devices
- Price around $220
There are others but for Sylvester's needs there needs to be an HDMI port, as a number use the 2nd Thunderbolt port as a Mini Display Port but Sylvester needs to be able to plug his Avid Pro Tools HD Native box into that second port.
Anyone have any other ideas?