Can I link 2 iMacs?

Answered by Jeremy Urbaniak

It is possible to link two iMacs together using Thunderbolt connectivity. Thunderbolt is a high-speed interface that allows for the transfer of data and video between devices. By using Thunderbolt, you can use one iMac as a display for another iMac.

To link two iMacs together, you will need a Thunderbolt cable. This cable has a unique connector that is compatible with Thunderbolt ports on both iMacs. Once you have the cable, you can connect one end to the Thunderbolt port on the first iMac and the other end to the Thunderbolt port on the second iMac.

Once the iMacs are physically connected, you will need to configure the display settings on both machines. On the iMac you want to use as the display, go to the System Preferences and open the Displays panel. In the Arrangement tab, you should see an option to “Mirror Displays” or “Use as a separate display.” Choose the desired option based on how you want to use the iMac.

It is important to note that when using an iMac as a display, it will count against the maximum number of simultaneously connected displays supported by the Mac you are using as the source. For example, if your source Mac supports connecting two displays, and you have two iMacs connected as displays, you will not be able to connect any additional displays to your source Mac.

While linking two iMacs together can be a useful setup, it is worth considering the limitations and possible alternatives. Depending on your specific needs, you may find it more practical to use other methods, such as using software like AirPlay to wirelessly connect and mirror displays between Macs.

Yes, you can link two iMacs together using Thunderbolt connectivity. However, it is important to consider the limitations and alternatives before deciding on this setup.