Okay, so I’ve got a different setup and I’m having trouble pulling all the pieces together and getting it to work… Hoping for some helpful advice.
I’ve got two source computers that I want to hook up. Two because one is my work laptop (I work from home), and the second is a Mac Mini that I use for personal & video editing.
I only recently got the Mac Mini (late 2012) and I haven’t been able to get the docking station to work with the displays. I contacted support and installed the most recent version (or the version they provided me with) of the driver for Mac OS (running Catalina 10.x btw) and still nothing. This is the same if I am running both monitors or just 1 monitor… no video output to the screens. I have been using the dock with the windows laptop for years without issue so I know the dock works as it should. Any advice or thoughts on how to get the mac mini (late 2012) to work with the CSV-3104D for dual monitors using the provided USB 3 cable?
I want a quick and easy solution to switch between sources. In order to do so, I would need to make sure that all the peripherals are connected to the dock and not either computer. My thought was that if I get a 2-1 USB 3 switch (NOT SPLITTER OR HUB) I should be able to quickly switch between the permanent USB 3 connection on the mac mini and the desktop USB 3 plug for my windows laptop. The laptop needs to stay portable as I sometimes travel for work and am planning on hiding the mac mini under my desk to keep a clean look on the desk top (ironically my windows desktop is a disaster right now). So this leads me to issue #2…
Does anyone have experience using a USB switch between the computer and the dock? I haven’t found one yet to test, although it would be something similar to this
For reference, I’ve included a drawing of what I imagined the end result will look like if everything works.
I really want to get this to work so I’m open to pretty much any solution including changing the dock or even changing to a newer mac mini (I have a feeling that I won’t be able to get display output from the USB 3 ports on the late 2012 model). Ideally, though I’d like to not spend more money than what I already have trying to get this to work buuuuut if the only solution is to upgrade what I have then c’est la vie.