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USB-C to DisplayPort Multi-Monitor Adapter - 2-Port MST Hub

Use this adapter to connect two independent displays to a single USB Type-C port

Product ID: MSTCDP122DP

  • Maximize your productivity by connecting two independent displays to your computer using the MST hub
  • Hassle-free connection with the reversible USB-C connector
  • Connect to almost any television, monitor or projector with the support of low-cost adapters
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  • Support for resolutions up to 4K
  • Thunderbolt 3 port compatible
$2,424.39 MXN inc VAT

Overview

This MST hub lets you connect two DisplayPort monitors to your USB-C™ computer. MST works on any Windows® device with DP alt mode over USB Type-C™, such as models of Dell Precision™ and Dell XPS™ laptops. The MST hub is powered by the USB-C port, so you don't require an additional power adapter.

This adapter works with USB Type-C devices that pass a DisplayPort video signal and it’s also compatible with Thunderbolt™ 3 ports.

Increase your productivity with multiple monitors

The newest generations of laptops are more portable than ever. Unfortunately, this could mean that you’re left with fewer video outputs and confined to a small integrated screen. This MST hub solves these problems by letting you connect two independent displays to a USB-C port on your computer, which makes multitasking much easier.

Using the MST hub, you can extend your desktop onto additional monitors and stream independent content to each display. This makes it easier to multitask and increase your productivity -- perfect for creating an easy-to-dock hot-desk solution with a wireless keyboard and mouse peripheral set.

The hub also lets you mirror the same image onto multiple displays, for remote viewing applications such as digital signage.

Increase productivity with multiple screens

Astonishing picture quality that won’t drain your system resources

MST technology uses your existing video card to minimize the use of system resources while delivering Ultra HD 4K resolutions. 4K is supported by the latest A/V devices and offers four times the resolution of 1080p. Plus, because the MST hub can output high-definition 1080p, the MST hub is perfect for all high-resolution applications such as graphic design and CAD drawing. 

productivity software displayed on two monitors

Works with any monitor, television or projector

With this MST hub, you can use separate DP video adapters to connect HDMI, VGA or DVI displays, for compatibility with all of your existing monitors. The hub supports DP 1.2 enabled systems, for seamless integration with your existing video equipment.

The MST Hub pictured with video adapters attached

The MSTCDP122DP supports plug-and-play installation for a hassle-free setup and is backed by a StarTech.com 2-year warranty and free lifetime technical support.

Notes:

  • Your USB-C equipped device must support video (DP alt mode) to work with this adapter.

  • MST shares 21.6Gbps across all attached displays. Higher resolutions can restrict the available bandwidth with the remaining ports, please see our guideline below for determining an ideal resolution for your setup.

    Average resolution bandwidth allocation
    1920x1080 (High-definition 1080p) @60hz - 22%
    1920x1200 @60hz - 30%
    2560x1440 @60hz - 35%
    2560x1600 @60hz - 38%
    3840 x 2160 (Ultra HD 4K) @30hz - 38%

    Exceeding 100% will reduce functionality.

     

Applications

Connect additional displays to your USB-C device

Use one screen for referencing data, such as websites, while composing your documents on another screen

Connect your USB-C device supporting DP alt mode to two high-resolution displays at your workstation

Create a panoramic video wall for DisplayPort digital signage applications

Edit images, video or audio clips across two additional displays in any orientation or resolution

Span a spreadsheet or worksheet across two additional displays, to avoid side-scrolling

Technical Specifications

Warranty Information
Warranty 2 Years
Hardware
Audio Yes
AV Output DisplayPort
Chipset ID MegaChips - STDP4320
VIA/VLI - VL100
Ports 2
Performance
Maximum Digital Resolutions 3840x2160 @ 30hz
Supported Resolutions

Note: MST shares 21.6 Gbps across all attached displays. Higher resolutions can restrict the available bandwidth with the remaining ports, please see our guideline below for determining an ideal resolution for your setup.

Average resolution bandwidth allocation

1920x1080 (High-definition 1080p) @60hz - 22%
1920x1200 @60hz - 30%
2560x1440 @60hz - 35%
2560x1600 @60hz - 38%
3840 x 2160 (Ultra HD 4K) @30hz - 38%

Note: Exceeding 100% will reduce functionality.

Wide Screen Supported Yes
Connector(s)
Connector A 1 - USB-C (24 pin) DisplayPort Alt Mode Male Input
Connector B 2 - DisplayPort (20 pin) Female Output
Software
OS Compatibility Microsoft Windows® 10, 8/8.1, 7
Special Notes / Requirements
Note DisplayPort 1.2 with MST+HBR2 support from the GPU is required for independent display output
Power
Power Source USB-Powered
Environmental
Humidity 50-90%
Operating Temperature 5°C to 35°C (41°F to 95°F)
Storage Temperature -20°C to 60°C (-4°F to 140°F)
Physical Characteristics
Color Black
Product Height 0.6 in [14 mm]
Product Length 2.4 in [62 mm]
Product Weight 1.6 oz [44 g]
Product Width 2.3 in [58 mm]
Packaging Information
Shipping (Package) Weight 0.3 lb [0.1 kg]
What's in the Box
Included in Package 1 - MST hub
1 - quick-start guide

Compatibility

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Microsoft Windows® 10, 8/8.1, 7

Certifications

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Frequently Asked Questions

Before You Buy

You may have heard of MST hubs, and have been wondering what they are, and whether or not they will work in your setup. 

So what are MST hubs?  MST hubs are devices that take one DisplayPort or Mini DisplayPort video connection, and go to many video connections, usually extra DisplayPort, Mini DisplayPort, DVI or HDMI connections.  This is accomplished through DisplayPort's MST, or Multi Stream Transport function.  MST hubs allow you to mirror / duplicate your monitors so the same window are shown on all of the monitors, or extend your desktop, so that you can have different window on each monitor.

So how can you tell if you can use a MST hub?  MST hubs require that the video card's DisplayPort or Mini DisplayPort output support DP1.2 or greater, which supports MST.  Some MST hubs also specifically require HBR2, or High Bit Rate 2 support.  HBR2 allows for higher resolutions like 4K and up.  You can check whether or not a StarTech.com MST hub requires HBR2 on the individual product pages, under the Technical Specifications tab.

There are a few other important things to note.

  • Video cards can technically support DP1.2, but not support MST or HBR2, so it is important to check with your video card manufacturer that your video card specifically supports DP1.2, MST, and HBR2 (if necessary).

Currently Mac OSX does not support MST hubs, regardless of whether or not the video card does.  This is an operating system restriction, so running Windows on an Apple computer through a program like Bootcamp will allow you to use MST hubs.

Recent versions of DisplayPort include the ability to split to multiple displays from one DisplayPort connection using Multi-Stream Transport (MST).

Although you will be able to connect the MST hub to the Mini DisplayPort (mDP) connection on your Mac, Mac OSX does not support MST for NVIDIA and Intel Graphics Processor Units (GPUs). This results in a mirrored image across the outputs of a MST hub and you will not be able to have multiple independent displays on your Mac.

The limitation of NVIDIA and Intel GPUs lies within Mac OSX. If a different operating system is used, such as Microsoft Windows via Bootcamp, you may be able to use the MST functionality of your Mac.

When you convert from DisplayPort to DVI or HDMI, it works best if you use passive video signal converters with StarTech.com MST hubs. The MST hub has the capability to convert a video signal DisplayPort to a DVI or HDMI video signal as long as a video signal converter is used to change the connection type. This is because DisplayPort 1.2 (DP 1.2) supports both MST (Multi-Stream Transport) and Dual Mode (DP++). For more information, refer to the following FAQ: http://www.startech.com/faq/displayport_converter_dp_multi_mode.

When you convert from DisplayPort to VGA, you must use an active adapter because DisplayPort uses a digital signal and VGA uses an analog signal, and the MST hub cannot convert from a digital signal to an analog signal.

Note: When you use a StarTech.com video signal converter to convert from DisplayPort to VGA, you should use the DP2VGA3. In certain circumstances, the DP2VGA2 has compatibility issues with certain VGA monitors.

Surface Dock

If you experience issues when you use a Surface Dock to connect passive video signal adapters to an MST hub, Microsoft recommends that you use active video signal converters instead. StarTech.com offers an active video signal converter for DVI monitors (DP2DVIS) and for HDMI monitors (DP2HD4KS).

Note: This issue does not apply to the Surface Pro 3 Docking Station.

You cannot use an MST hub to increase the maximum number of displays that a video card supports. For example, if your video card only supports up to three displays, your display limit will still be three displays even if you use an MST hub.

If you have multiple MST hubs connected to the same computer and are experiencing display issues, you should check your video card to make sure that it can support the number of displays that you are using in your setup.

If you use an MST hub in your setup, your video card also needs to be compatible with MST technology. For more information, refer to the following FAQ: https://www.startech.com/faq/mst-hubs-gpu-compatibility.

USB-C is a type of USB connector that is capable of supporting the following:

  • Data transfer speeds up to 10Gbps, if you use USB 3.1.
  • Bi-directional power delivery up to 100W, if both the USB host connection and the device support it.
  • Alternate modes, which deliver different types of data at different speeds. For example, DisplayPort Alternate Mode (DP Alt Mode).

If using Thunderbolt 3 over USB-C, the connection is capable of additional features. For example, Thunderbolt 3 is capable of 40Gbps of total bandwidth. For more information, refer to the following FAQ: https://www.startech.com/faq/thunderbolt-3-port-capabilities.

Not all USB-C ports or devices are capable of supporting all of the features listed above, or all of the features at the maximum capabilities. If you require a specific USB-C feature, your USB host connection, cables, and device must all support the feature that you require. For more information about whether your components support specific USB-C features, refer to the information provided by the manufacturers. 

This USB-C device requires that all of the following components support alternate modes:

  • The USB-C host connection (for example, a computer and its port)
  • The USB-C cable
  • The USB-C device (for example, a hard drive docking station)

If your host device includes a Thunderbolt™ 3 connection, this USB-C device will work with your host device.

For more information about the modes that your setup components support, refer to the information provided by the manufacturers.

Installation

To set up a MST hub with your MST compatible system, complete the following:

  1. Plug the MST hub into a compatible DisplayPort 1.2 output from your computer.
  2. Plug the power into the MST hub.
  3. Plug your DisplayPort monitors or DisplayPort adapters/converters into the MST hub.
  4. Turn on your computer.

You should be able to detect the monitors in the display properties of your operating system.

If you are not getting any additional displays, try the following:

  • Verify that the latest display drivers are installed.
  • Press and hold the Scan button for five seconds on the MST hub.

When the monitors are detected in the display properties of your operating system, make sure that the resolutions that you are setting do not exceed the total data throughput of the DisplayPort host connection. You can verify the total data throughput (bandwidth) under the Product Overview tab for you device.

Troubleshooting

When you troubleshoot issues with an MST hub, there are some quick tests that you can complete to rule out potential problems. You can test to make sure that the following components are working correctly and are not the source of the issue:

  • Video cables

  • Video source

  • Video destination

  • MST Hub

To test your setup components, try the following:

  • Use the video cables, video source, video destination, and MST hub in another setup to see if the problem is with the components or the setup.

  • Use a different video cable, video source, video destination, and MST hub in your setup to see if the problem persists. Ideally, you should test a component that you know works in another setup.

When you test your cables, it is recommended that you do the following:

  • Test each cable individually.

  • Use short cables when you are testing.

  • Eliminate the use of adapters, extenders, or splitters where possible.

When you test the MST hub with your computer system, do the following:

  • Make sure that the computer/graphics adapter is MST compatible. For more information, refer to the following FAQ: http://www.startech.com/faq/mst-hubs-gpu-compatibility.

  • Make sure that the latest graphics drivers are installed. The latest drivers are available on the website of the manufacturer of the graphics adapter.

  • Use compatible adapters. For example, DisplayPort to HDMI and not HDMI to DisplayPort.

Note: Drivers are not required for the MST hub.

To check to see if Windows is detecting the monitor, on a computer that is running a version of Windows 8 or Windows 10, do the following:

  1. On your keyboard, press the Windows key + X and click Control Panel.
  2. Click Appearance and Personalization, then click Display.
  3. In the left column, click Resolution or Adjust Resolution. Your monitors will be displayed as numbered icons.
  4. To see which monitors are detected, click the Display menu.
  5. To display the numbers on each of the connected monitors and see how the operating system has assigned their positions, click Identify.

To check to see if Windows is detecting the monitor, on a computer that is running a version of Windows 7, do the following:

  1. Right-click on the desktop and click Screen Resolution.
  2. To see which monitors are detected, click the Display menu.
  3. In the left column, click Resolution or Adjust Resolution. Your monitors will be displayed as numbered icons.
  4. To display the numbers on each of the connected monitors and see how the operating system has assigned their positions, click Identify.

If you are experiencing flickering issues with the MST hub, your monitors may be at a 59 Hz refresh rate. If they are at 59 Hz, you need to adjust the refresh rate to 60 Hz. In order to change your monitor's refresh rate, complete the following:

  1. Right-click anywhere on your desktop.
  2. Click Screen resolution or Display settings.
  3. At the top of the screen, select the monitor that you want to change the refresh rate for.
  4. Click Advanced settings or Display adapter properties.
  5. On the Monitor tab, click the Screen refresh rate drop-down list.

Note: This step may vary depending on your operating system and graphics card.

If the displays connected to your MST hub do not wake up after your computer goes to sleep, change the input on the monitor(s) from Auto to the correct input (for example, DisplayPort or HDMI). This prompts the monitor to send its identification data to the correct port instead of scanning for ports when the signal is lost.

After you select the correct input on the monitor(s), press the Scan button to initiate the handshake (EDID) process. For more information on the Scan button, refer to the following FAQ: http://www.startech.com/faq/mst-hubs-scan-button.

If you set the monitor to the correct video port and press the Scan button and the issue is still not resolved, you need to disable sleep mode on your computer. To disable sleep on a computer running a version of Windows, complete the following:

  1. Open Control Panel.

  2. Click Power Options.

Note: Depending on how you have the View by options set in Control Panel, you might have to click Hardware and Sound to see Power Options.

  1. Click Change plan settings for the plan in use.

  2. For both entries, change Put the computer to sleep to Never.

  3. Click Save Changes.

In order for your mouse to move properly between your monitors you must rearrange your monitors in Windows to match the physical location of your monitors on your desk. To do so, complete the following based on your operating system:

Windows 10 and Windows  8

  1. On your keyboard, press the Windows key + X and select Control Panel.
  2. Click Appearance and Personalization, then click Display.
  3. Click the Resolution or Adjust Resolution option from the left column, which will display your monitors as numbered icons.
  4. Click Identify to display the numbers on each connected monitor, showing how the operating system has assigned their positions.
  5. Click and drag the monitor icons to best match your physical setup.
  6. Click OK to apply the changes and close the window.

Windows 7 and Windows Vista

  1. Click the Start button and select Control Panel.
  2. Click Appearance and Personalization, then click Display.
  3. Click the Resolution or Adjust Resolution option from the left column, which will display your monitors as numbered icons.
  4. Click Identify to display the numbers on each connected monitor, showing how the operating system has assigned their positions.
  5. Click and drag the monitor icons to best match your physical setup.
  6. Click OK to apply the changes and close the window.

Windows XP

  1. Click the Start button and select Control Panel.
  2. Double-click Display.
  3. Click the Settings tab, which will display your monitors as numbered icons.
  4. Click Identify to display the numbers on each connected monitor, showing how the operating system has assigned their positions.
  5. Click and drag the monitor icons to best match your physical setup.
  6. Click OK to apply the changes and close the window.

To mirror the image from your primary monitor instead of extending your desktop, refer to the following FAQ: http://www.startech.com/faq/Windows_Mirroring_Monitors

If a DisplayPort converter with audio is not passing sound from the source to the destination, complete the following:

  1. Make sure that the DisplayPort connection on the video card is the default audio playback device.
  2. Make sure that the video card has the DisplayPort audio codec installed. If not, visit the video card manufacturer's website to find out how to update the video card driver.

To output 4K to a DisplayPort display at 30Hz, your monitor must support the resolution and refresh rate. If your monitor also supports 4K at 60Hz (DP 1.2 or higher), you may also need to set the monitor to work at 30Hz. 

To resolve this issue, use the buttons on your monitor to change the DisplayPort settings to DP1.1. For more information about how to change your monitor settings, refer to the website of the manufacturer of your monitor.