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How to Daisy Chain Monitors?

Connecting multiple monitors to your computer is a great way to increase productivity and make multitasking easier. There are different ways to achieve a multi-monitor setup, however daisy chaining monitors together is a simple way to add to your existing setup without having to purchase additional video cards or adapters. With daisy chaining, you can easily double or even triple the number of monitors that you have connected to your computer, with little to no clutter and easy cable management.

Daisy chaining monitors is a relatively straightforward process that can be accomplished with basic equipment. All you need is a compatible monitor, a DisplayPort cable, and a laptop or desktop computer with DisplayPort 1.2 or higher. The process can be completed in a matter of minutes and can be used to instantly increase the amount of available workspace.

In this article, we will discuss the basics of daisy chaining monitors, how to set it up, and the most common doubts in setting it up. We will also discuss the potential drawbacks of daisy chaining and provide some tips to help you get the most out of your multiple monitor setup. If you need more info on what is Daisy Chaining, we published a dedicated guide on it. With these two articles, you should have a better understanding of daisy chaining monitors and be able to make an informed decision about whether it is the best option for your needs. For more information about Daisy Chaining: click here.

1. How to combine two monitors?

The first step in choosing the right monitors is understanding your space and needs – simple as that, but crucial. Once you know how much space you have, you can choose the combination of monitors that can better suit your needs. You do not need to go big to enjoy the flexibility of an extra space: you can choose two 27” model, or a 27” and a second model with portrait orientation if your space is a bit more cramped. Features to looks out for are resolution, response rate (specifically if you are a gamer), connectivity options, webcam, ergonomic features and so on.

Once that is down and you purchased your monitors, to physically connect the two you have to study the available connectivity options. Depending on the type of monitors you have, you may need HDMI, VGA, or DVI cables. One extremely convenient way to connect monitors is through daisy chaining, connecting multiple monitors to each other and then to a single computer, using a DisplayPort cable to connect monitor to monitor, rather than connecting each monitor to the graphics board of the single computer or laptop in use. Once all is connected, you just have to open the display settings in your computer and select the one that matches your needs.

2.  How do you start a daisy chain?

Daisy chaining is also really easy to set up. These are the steps to follow:

  1. Verify that the video or graphics card (VPU or GPU) on your laptop/PC supports DisplayPort 1.2 MST.
  2. Connect your first monitor’s DisplayPort In to the laptop or PC in use.
  3. Connect the DisplayPort Out of the first monitor to DisplayPort In of the second monitor. If your VPU or GPU support it, you can daisy chain more than two monitors, so to have from three to even six monitors. To daisy-chain more monitors, you just have to follow the same steps: you can then daisy-chain a third monitor into the second, a fourth into the third and so on. Please keep in mind that there’s a limited amount of data that can be transferred through DP, and daisy-chaining more than 2 monitors might compromise the resolution of your set-up.
  4. Lastly, adjust your display settings. You can choose between two main options for “DP Out Multi-Stream”: “Clone” or “Extend”. Extending all three screens allows you to have a seamless display space.

You can also daisy chain two monitors with Thunderbolt™ 3 and 4, and it’s foolproof to install.

2.1 Can you daisy chain two monitors with an HDMI cable?

Daisy chaining is not supported via HDMI, nor VGA. You can only daisy chain only through DP in/out or Thunderbolt™.

2.2 Can I daisy chain monitors from USB-C to DisplayPort?

No, you need to daisy chain wither from DP out to DP in ports, or through Thunderbolt™ 3 and/or 4.

3. How to daisy chain monitors with USB-C?

Daisy chaining is not supported via USB-C, only through DP in/out or Thunderbolt™. However, having USB-C connectivity (or a USB-C hub) can boost your productivity – a great feature to look for.

3.1 Daisy chaining with Thunderbolt 4?

You can drive multiple monitors and devices from a single Thunderbolt™ port on your laptop, daisy chaining them one to the other. From the Thunderbolt™ port of your laptop, you should connect it to the first monitor, then from the second Thunderbolt™ port on this monitor you can connect to a second monitor.

The process to daisy chain with Thunderbolt™ 3 or 4 is, therefore, easy. You should:

  1. Verify that the video or graphics card (VPU or GPU) on your laptop/PC supports DisplayPort 1.2 MST.
  2. Connect your first monitor to the laptop or PC in use using a Thunderbolt cable.
  3. Connect the first monitor to the second monitor using a Thunderbolt™ cable. You can then daisy-chain multiple monitors.
  4. Lastly, adjust your display settings.

4. Which Philips monitors are available for Daisy Chaining

All monitors that feature either a DisplayPort Out or Thunderbolt™ 3 or 4 can be used for daisy chaining dual-monitor or complex setups. An example is the Philips 40B1U6903CH which features a large 39.7-inch screen (100 cm diag.), 5K2K (5120 x 2160) resolution and a speedy, multifunctional Thunderbolt™ 4 docking solution.  Optimised for a better video experience, the monitor is equipped with a noise-cancelling microphone and 5MP Windows Hello™ webcam for high-quality meeting calls. To get the best from its size, the monitor is also equipped with a MultiClient Integrated KVM switch that is ideal for managing a dual PC setup simply from a single keyboard and mouse set. For more information, check out the product here.

If you are looking for a solution that allows daisy chaining while simultaneously including USB-C connectivity, then the Philips 40B1U5601H offers in 39.53″/100.4 cm diag. the easy connectivity of USB-C technology, the superb picture quality of an UltraWide QHD resolution with DisplayHDR 400, the convenience of MultiClient Integrated KVM, and even a headset hook. You can use its DP port out to daisy chain and enjoy the complete USB-C connectivity for your laptop and all your peripherals. For more information, check out the product here.