2 Replies Latest reply: Nov 14, 2012 4:58 AM by jtg58
jtg58 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I have the new Mac Mini and the new Macbook Air plus the 27 inch thunderbolt display.  The majority of the time, I will be using the thunderbolt display hooked up directly to the Mac Mini.   I have already tested the theory that if I turn off the Mac mini, I can use a separate thunderbolt cable to hook to the port on the back of the display and to the port on the Air and have it show up on the screen.   Many people said this was not possible as the port on the back of the display was only unidirectional and to be used for thunderbolt accessories like hard drives.   It actually works quite well and so at the very least, I can leave the cable plugged into the back of the display and use it with the Mac Air if I turn off the Mac Mini.   At least I don't have to remove the cable from the Mac Mini and move it over to the Mac Air.  I actually looked at the Kanex switch which would do what I wanted it to do, but unfortunately it says it will NOT work with the thunderbolt display.   Apparently it only works with the Cinema display.  Does anyone know if there is a thunderbolt switch out there?

 

Thanks

  • 1. Re: Is there a switch I can use with thunderbolt display and 2 computers
    clintonfrombirmingham Level 7 Level 7 (28,655 points)

    If there is, I've never seen one. And I don't think that either of the Thunderbolt 'docks' that will be out next year (from Belkin and Matrox) will have what you're looking for, either.

     

    I think that you're just stuck with unplugging and replugging - I don't know of any way around it...

     

    Clinton

  • 2. Re: Is there a switch I can use with thunderbolt display and 2 computers
    jtg58 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks, Clinton....that's what I was thinking too.   On the upside, I don't have to remove the actual thunderbolt display cable going to the back of the Mini, I just have to keep a cable in the output port on the back of the display for my Macbook Air.   Then I just turn off the Mini, plug the cable into the Air and I'm ready.   What I find interesting though is that the Kanex "looks" like it will do exactly what I want it to, but apparently it will only work with Mini Display port like that found on the "cinema display".  Maybe one day........     

     

    Thanks again!