Affordable high-end digital monitors are showing up on work stations in the home office, at the bank, and even on the church office manager's desk. Now that a new monitor (or two) is available, you may be wondering how to connect them to your computer. It's easy enough to do, but you may have to purchase an additional component called a DVI Video Splitter.
You'll find adding a monitor improves your work efficiencies as you can make different views available without having to constantly minimize windows. It's possible to add or install a second monitor to your computer if your computer is equipped with the proper hardware and that is where the DVI Distribution Amplifier comes into play.
Ultra lightweight portables, Macs and many models of laptops are often equipped with only one type of monitor port. The first thing you need to do is to identify what kind of video port is on your computer. This will guide you to the proper DVI Splitter accessory. DVI stands for Digital Video Interface.
Information Gathering - If you no longer have your computer manual, you can still make a good guess as to what type of video port available. DVI ports are white-tipped, while VGAs are blue. Now you need to call the computer electronics shop to get their recommendation on the type of DVI Splitting solution you need.
The technician may refer to these units as a DVI Distribution Amplifier. Make sure they understand you just need to split the video signal from a single video port to two or more monitors. Explain to the technician what type of computer you have, the operating system (Windows or Mac), and the type of video connector on your computer. You may also need to tell them what type of monitors you are using.
Armed with that information the support person can make a recommendation for the proper video splitter you need. There are several choices, but the final selection depends on the type of video port found on your computer as well as the type of monitors you are going to use. The most common DVI Video types are: DVI-I Single Link, DVI-I Dual Link, DVI-D Single Link, DVI-D Dual Link and DVI-A.