You have to love someone who brags that cable management in computer settings is reduced to a single cable, because it’s never really a single cable. They don’t mean it literally. Only that one cable to hubs or docks helped reduce their previously intricate clutter of cables spilling everywhere.
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Such is the case with the Redditor NGRoachClip setting under the title, you guessed it. “Finally, 1 cable to manage everyone!”
Just to get annoyed for a moment, the complete bastardization of JRR Tolkien’s line from Ring Society it would be, “One cable that will rule them all, one cable that will find them, one cable that will bring them all in and tie them up in the dark.”
It’s a hell of a wire.
But, of course, it’s a fantasy. It is never a single cable. And in the case of the NGRoachClip, you can easily see in the photo that it’s not a single cable. There are definitely a few cables in this picture.
1 cable plus Thunderbolt 3 docking station (plus other cables)
What he’s talking about is the Corsair TBT100 Thunderbolt 3 Dock, which allows one cable from Mac’s Thunderbolt 3 port to connect to a bunch of other things.
The dock brings USB-C and USB-A ports, HDMI, an SD card slot and a 3.5mm audio jack. It will allow you to run dual monitors and more. This is especially easy when your MacBook Pro is powered by an Intel chip, such as the NGRoachClip.
Recent Intel-based Macs can run two screens when connected to a USB-C or Thunderbolt 3 dock. The MacBook does not originally support more than one external display, but you can do so using DisplayLink technology and adapters.
“Do you use one cable to output to 2 monitors, each of which displays different screens? Or there is some other computer that I can’t see “, a corresponding question arrived from Redditor. “I thought with macOS one cable can only map the same screen – it doesn’t display 2 separate / different screens.”
“So this is one Thunderbolt 3 cable for the Corsair TBT100 Thunderbolt 3 Dock,” NGRoachClip replied. “The docking station powers my MBP, inputs for both monitors (no mapping) and powers the keyboard, Bluetooth for the mouse, and turns on the switch!”
Using a smartphone as a webcam
Several Redditors noticed an unusual NGRoachClip webcam attached to the top of his monitor. It’s actually a smartphone.
“That’s my old Samsung [Galaxy] Note – if it will just sit in a drawer as a backup, I can also use it as a pretty nice webcam and avoid buying! ” he said.
Of course, people wanted to know how it works.
“I just downloaded the iRiun Webcam app on Android and on my Mac – they sync and work, the phone as a webcam!” NGRoachClip said. “It’s the only one I could find that works well with the Mac. If you want it for PC, obviously DroidCam is the right choice! ”
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