Ever wondered if you could connect a monitor to another monitor instead of directly to your system’s video out port? It’s a great way of minimizing cable clutter and extending the range of your monitors from the source system. Let’s find out if it’s possible!
What Is Daisy-Chaining?
Daisy-chaining, officially known as multi-stream transport, or MST (in the case of DisplayPort technology), involves connecting a monitor to another monitor instead of directly to your system’s video out port. The term “daisy chain” comes from the fact that each monitor in the chain is connected to the next one in line, like links in a daisy.
How it Works
The first thing you need to know is that not all monitors support daisy-chaining. DisplayPort 1.2 is currently the only display interface that supports daisy-chaining, so you’ll need to make sure that both your monitors and your graphics card support DisplayPort 1.2 (or higher). Check the specifications for your devices to be sure.
If you’re using more than two monitors in a daisy-chain configuration, each additional monitor must be connected to the previous one in the chain; you can’t connect two monitors directly to each other. For example, if you’re using three monitors, monitor #1 would be connected to your system, monitor #2 would be connected to monitor #1, and monitor #3 would be connected to monitor #2. Got it? Good.
Is It Possible to Daisy Chain Monitors?
The answer is yes, but there are a few things you need to keep in mind before you get started.
- First, not all monitors support daisy chaining. For example, Apple’s Thunderbolt Display does not have daisy-chaining capabilities.
- Second, even if both of your monitors do support daisy chaining, they might not use the same connection type. For example, one might use HDMI while the other uses DisplayPort. In this case, you would need an adapter to convert from one connection type to the other.
- Third, not all video cards support daisy chaining. For example, AMD’s Eyefinity technology does not support daisy chaining.
- Lastly, keep in mind that daisy chaining will likely result in a slight decrease in image quality due to the fact that the signal has to travel through multiple monitors before it reaches your eyes.
Is Daisy-Chaining Right for You?
Now that you know how it works, you’re probably wondering whether or not daisy-chaining is right for you. The answer depends on a few factors. First, as we mentioned earlier, not all monitors support daisy-chaining—so if you’ve got an older monitor or one from a less well-known manufacturer, chances are it doesn’t support the feature. Second, daisy-chaining puts additional strain on your graphics card, which can cause problems if you’re already pushing its limits with other resource-intensive activities (like gaming). And finally, while DisplayPort cables are relatively inexpensive, they’re not as common as HDMI cables—so you may have trouble finding one when you need it.
So there you have it! You can indeed connect a monitor to another monitor, but there are a few things you need to keep in mind before doing so. Make sure that both of your monitors support daisy chaining and that they use the same connection type. Also, keep in mind that daisy chaining will likely result in a slight decrease in image quality. Thanks for reading!