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The following are links to ITS recommended accessories so that users and departments may directly purchase them themselves from Amazon.

USB-C port replicators

These are mostly for Macbooks but will also work on our newer Dells that have USB-C ports. Each provides a network (RJ45) port, an HDMI port, and USB ports.

  • Anker 5-in-1. This is the one normally distributed with each Macbook. Had 3 USB ports.
  • Lenovo 6-in-1. Larger alternative, includes SD card reader and power passthrough but one less USB port.

Mice and keyboards


These will work with Dells and Macs. Apple no longer sells wired accessories.


Note: wireless accessories operate at the same frequencies as wifi and can cause interference resulting in connectivity and performance issues for your computer any other users in your office. Because of this, wireless accessories are not advised unless absolutely necessary.

Other Peripherals



  • Monitors are extremely nuanced, with the important specs being hidden and confusing to many users. Most models you'll find are significantly below the standards of what ITS issues to employees and will not provide you the extra screen space you think you're getting. Please contact the helpdesk or enter a ticket with your monitor request so that an ITS staff member can discuss your monitor needs and options. ITS will handle ordering the monitors through our Dell sales rep with our special pricing, as well as arrange to have it properly connected and configured for you. We have 22", 24", and 27" models we order along with 4K options.

Cables and adapters

Items in this category can be confusing and nuanced. If you have any questions about what you need for your situation, please contact the helpdesk for assistance.

BiDir = same cable as opposite direction
DP = DisplayPort
TB2 = Thunderbolt 2. Looks identical to mini-DP but has added capability. For video only, see the mini-DP options.
TB3 = Thunderbolt 3. Looks identical to USB-C but has added capability. For video only, see the USB-C options.
n/a = Nature of the connection makes this not easy/applicable

Network Adapter Adapter   n/a   n/a n/a n/a
Mini-DP   Cable   Cable   BiDir n/a n/a
DP   Cable   Cable   Cable n/a n/a
TB2         Cable    
DVI   Cable   Cable   Cable BiDir Cable
HDMI   Cable   Cable   Cable Cable Cable
USB-C       n/a   n/a    
TB3     Cable        

Cables on Amazon change frequently. If you find that one linked above is no longer available, please contact sremick@middlebury.edu



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