You can use adapters to convert the ports coming from your computer to match with the ports on your monitor. Going from Digital ports (HDMI, DisplayPort) to Analog (VGA, DVI) is significantly easier for the adapter to do and cheaper because of it. Going from Analog to Digital is more work for the adapter and are usually on the more expensive side.
Another common adapter to use is USB to any of the video ports above. They allow you to use a USB port as a video port to connect a monitor, just make sure that you have the correct USB ports for the adapter.
DisplayPort to VGA Adapter
USB-C to HDMI adapter
Splitters are devices that plug into a port and provide multiple of the same port. Although this sounds like an easy way to do multiple monitors, all this will do is mirror the single port to both monitors.
It will not EXTEND the monitors and allow them to work together as a larger workspace. If you do have plans for mirroring your monitors, then a splitter may be the easier solution for you.
Docking stations allow laptops that lack multiple video ports to connect to multiple monitors. Similar to USB Adapters, they connect to your laptop through a USB port and then provide multiple video ports to connect your monitors. You may need to download drivers or use an installation CD to get a Docking Station to work. They also may need to be powered by another power source and aren’t always powered solely through the laptop.
Your desktop may or may not have a video card inside it. If your desktop computer does have a video card, then you NEED to use the ports of the video card to receive any video signal. You can usually tell if there is a video card in your desktop if you see the video ports are horizontal and are usually found away from the USB Ports on the back of the computer. You may need to add a video card if your desktop computer doesn’t have enough visual ports or non-compatible ones
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