Connectors & Adapters

  • All College of Engineering classrooms provide the ability for instructors to display their laptop or other device by connecting via the HDMI or VGA cables provided in the room.
  • If your device does not have a compatible HDMI or VGA port, you will need to supply your own adapter if you want to connect it using a wired connection.
  • The chart below can be used to identify other connection plugs and ports a device may have, and the appropriate adapters required to connect.

Type Laptop/Device Port Adapter Name Example Adapter
Audio
(3.5mm stereo)
(No adapter required)
HDMI
(No adapter required)
VGA
(No adapter required)
Mini-DisplayPort
Mini-DisplayPort to VGA
DisplayPort
DisplayPort to VGA
Micro-DVI
Micro-DVI to VGA
Mini-DVI
Mini-DVI to VGA
DVI
(DVI-I)
DVI to VGA
DVI-D
DVI-D to VGA converter + scaler
(more expensive; will work with all computers)
Apple Dock Connector (iPhone/iPad/iPod)
Apple Dock Connector to VGA
(does not work with all apps)

Note: Not all cables that connect a laptop or other device to the VGA cable will properly transmit a video signal. Make sure you are using the correct adapter, and that it supports the output of a VGA video signal with your hardware and applications. For example, VGA adapters for mobile devices (iPhone/iPad/iPod) like the Apple Dock Connector will only transmit video signals for the applications that support it.