Multiple monitor setup help


#1

I have a laptop and i want to have 4 other monitors as extensions. Pls help which are the products i need to have to make it work. i have next to NO knowledge of this whatsoever, I have both VGA and 1 HDMI on my lappy, its a lenovo G50-80 core i3.


#2

Hello Vaibhav, thanks for posting! Can you let us know the brand and model of monitors that you’d like to connect? I will be able to look up the specifications online to determine if any of our products would be a good fit for your setup.

Thank you,

David W.
Plugable Technologies
www.plugable.com/support


#3

Hi David,

Thanks for your reply, I actually haven’t decided on what monitors to buy. Attaching a picture which will give you an idea on what I really want.
I won’t go for high end monitor, just a normal one near 21" samsung or LG supporting USB 3.
I have seen the USB 3, 10 port hub video of plugable, which made me text you.
Below is the link for the video. Please help me out on this, presently need 4-5, may need 7 in future, thats why thinking of going for 10 port hub.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pYUdA… !](https://d2r1vs3d9006ap.cloudfront.net/s3_images/1646004/Setup_inline.jpg?1504675770)](https://d2r1vs3d9006ap.cloudfront.net/s3_images/1646004/Setup.jpg?1504675770)


#4

Hello Vaibhav. To be transparent, we generally do not recommend more than 6 USB graphics adapters connected to a single system at one time (even though this is contrary to the video you linked). The video is a proof of concept, but it certainly is not what we would expect when used in real setup scenarios for facilitating a workflow. This is because our USB graphics adapters are dependent on both the CPU and integrated graphics processor in your system to function and each additional unit requires more resources. With that many adapters the performance may not meet your needs, and many modern USB 3.0 systems can limit how many USB devices can be connected to your system so you may run into a limitation that would prevent all of them working properly (this can happen with them directly connected or with a hub). I apologize for the negative news, but we prefer to set forth proper expectations to potentially mitigate future frustration.

That being said, if you’d like to try 4-5 monitors, we’d recommend our UGA-3000 adapters (http://plugable.com/products/uga-3000) and one of our USB 3 hubs, like the 10-port hub you mention (http://plugable.com/products/usb3-hub…).

Thank you,

David W.
Plugable Technologies
www.plugable.com/support


#5

Hi David,

Appreciate your transparent response to this. I can upgrade my laptop with graphic card (please suggest) and with other things as well if required. At present, I need 4 screens + my laptop screens which will do the work for me, and if i need more then i would probably install another terminal with a new system.

I think this way, the products u suggested should work with my present system. Some doubts, i want you to please clear out before I order the products :

For four additional screens, i would require :

  1. 4 pieces LED screens
  2. 4 pieces UGA-3000 adapters (http://plugable.com/products/uga-3000)
    (Do i need any cable too like any USB etc to connect or it is available in the
    package)
  3. 1 piece USB 3 hubs,the 10-port hub (http://plugable.com/products/usb3-hub…)

I want to make sure to order everything at once to make it work and dont get stuck up when I want it to work. Also let me know if you recommend any graphic card or additional enhancement i must / should have to make it work smoothly.

Also attaching 2 pictures, which can help you with my laptop (Lenovo G50-80) config.

Please let me know so that I can go ahead and buy those things and set up my system.

Thanks for your help in advance.
Vaibhav Dhir !](https://d2r1vs3d9006ap.cloudfront.net/s3_images/1647602/Systemsetting1_inline.JPG?1504965627)](https://d2r1vs3d9006ap.cloudfront.net/s3_images/1647602/Systemsetting1.JPG?1504965627) !](https://d2r1vs3d9006ap.cloudfront.net/s3_images/1647604/Systemsetting2_inline.JPG?1504965649)](https://d2r1vs3d9006ap.cloudfront.net/s3_images/1647604/Systemsetting2.JPG?1504965649)


#6

Hello Vaibhav, thanks for the reply.

The additional cables you would need is dependent on the models of monitors you wish to use and the inputs that are available. Our UGA-3000 adapters are packaged with DVI to VGA and DVI to HDMI passive adapters in order to help convert to different connection types. HDMI, DVI or VGA video cables are not included with our adapters.

If you do wish to connect more than 4 monitors in the future, we’d recommend designing a system around a GPU that can output up to 6 displays, like this GPU (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00C7EPSVS). We have not tested these so I cannot guarantee it to suit your needs, but I only wanted to mention it in order to point you in the right direction.

Additionally, please be aware that our USB graphics adapter require DisplayLink drivers to be installed in order to work. DisplayLink (the manufacturer of the chip within our dock and the author of the drivers) has created a compatibility check tool here --> http://support.displaylink.com/knowle… to help determine if your system is compatible with the required software.

Thank you,

David W.
Plugable Technologies
www.plugable.com/support


#7

Ohh GOD…!! This is too much to go in head.

Can you list me what are the products i need t buy to make it work. I just have a laptop as of now. That will be really helpful.

Thanks in advance David… :slight_smile:


#8

Hi Vaibhav, thanks for the reply. Perhaps our products would not be a good fit. In order to supply a complete list I will need to know the exact monitors you wish to use in order to determine resolution and available inputs.

Thank you,

David W.
Plugable Technologies
www.plugable.com/support


#9

Hi David,

Below is the monitor i wish to purchase. You can copy paste the below link on www.flipkart.com and you will get the required details. Please help me out here. Tis monitor has VGA/HDMI ports.

Micromax 21.5 inch HD LED - MM215BHDM1 Monitor (Black)

https://www.flipkart.com/micromax-21-…

I will be waiting for your reply.

Thanks
Vaibhav


#10

Hello Vaibhav, thanks for the reply. If you’d like to use these monitors you would need either VGA or HDMI cables (we would recommend HDMI) and then use the additional passive adapters that come with our UGA-3000 adapters in order to convert from DVI to HDMI. Therefore a list would look like:

1 USB hub like our 10 port hub (http://plugable.com/products/usb3-hub…)
4 UGA-3000 adapters (http://plugable.com/products/uga-3000)
4 HDMI or VGA cables (these potentially could be included with the monitors)

Thank you,

David W.
Plugable Technologies
www.plugable.com/support


#11

Alright. Thanks David for all your help and answering patiently to all my stupid queries.

I will order the monitors and above 3 mentioned things. One last thing, is there any video or document on how to connect those wires, or make the set up so that I can do it myself ?

Let me know.

Regards
Vaibhav D


#12

Hello Vaibhav,

We do not have setup instructions specific to a setup like yours. However, you will want to connect the USB cable from the USB hub to your system first and test to make sure devices are recognized on your system.

From there, you will want to manually install the required DisplayLink software used by our adapters. A link to download the required drivers should be emailed after purchase on Amazon.

Once the DisplayLink software is installed, connected each adapter and monitor pairing one-by-one to the USB hub and ensure they display your Desktop when using the applicable video cable.

Please ensure that each monitor is set to the proper input setting using the monitor’s menu settings.

Once all displays are displaying an image, you may need to arrange the actual layout of the displays within Windows in order to match the phyisical layout on your desk. We have a couple of brief YouTube videos here --> https://youtu.be/0jDgITDfZAs and here --> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kajuj… for how to set up multiple monitors and arrange the spatial orientation.

Thank you,

David W.
Plugable Technologies
www.plugable.com/support


#13

Thanks David.

I am ordering from here. Please see if it is the legitimate one.

https://www.amazon.in/Plugable-firmwa…

https://www.amazon.in/gp/product/B00A…

Thanks
Vaibhav D


#14

Hello Vaibhav,

Unfortunately, we do not offer direct sales in India at this moment. The link you provided are 3rd party sellers who have purchased our products via other means or had them forwarded from the US and is reselling them (“Sold and fulfilled by Peach Imports” and “Sold and fulfilled by G. G.”). While they are likely legitimate products, we would be unable to provide hardware replacements if anything were to fail as we cannot ship to India nor confirm the purchases of these devices from 3rd party sellers.

The only way to receive our adapters in India would be to purchase them via our eBay store --> http://stores.ebay.com/Plugable-Techn…. However, the shipping costs and time may not meet your expectations. Additionally, any replacements that we could send in case a hardware failure occurred could take up to two weeks to reach you.

Apologies if this seems negative, but I wanted to set forth proper expectations.

Here are the eBay links for our UGA-3000 adapters and USB hub respectively:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Plugable-USB-…

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Plugable-USB-…

Thank you,

David W.
Plugable Technologies
www.plugable.com/support


#15

Hi David,

Ebay says you don’t ship to India. :frowning:

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#16

Hello,

This is Jordan with the Plugable eBay team. Yes unfortunately our US eBay account does not let us sell to India at this time. Sorry for the bad news!

For day trading, you may consider a different solution like the Matrox TripleHead2Go. Hope this helps.

Thank you,
Jordan
Plugable Technologies


#17