External ports and connections on your Mac mini (Late 2014)

Learn about the different ports and types of connectors on your Mac mini (Late 2014) computer.

Port

Details

Power

Connect the included AC power cord to this port to power your Mac mini.

Ethernet Connect your Mac mini to wired Internet via an Ethernet cable. Connect it to a DSL modem, hub, switch, or router, or to another Mac. This port supports 10Base-T/UTP, 100Base-TX, and 1000Base-T Gigabit operation. 

HDMI 1.4a*

Use this port to connect a compatible HDMI display with audio. Use extended desktop or video mirroring mode up to 4K resolution at 30 Hz. Using an HDMI to DVI adapter, you can use a DVI display at up to 1920X1200 resolution.

Thunderbolt 2  (2 ports)*

There are two Thunderbolt 2 ports. Each supports:
  • Mini DisplayPort 1.2 output at up to 2560x1600 resolution at 60Hz, or 3840x2160 resolution at 30Hz.
  • DVI output using a Mini DisplayPort to DVI Adapter at up to 1920X1200 resolution.
  • VGA output using a Mini DisplayPort to VGA Adapter at up to 1920X1200 resolution.
  • Dual-Link DVI output using a MDP to Dual-Link DVI adapter. This can support a 30-inch Apple Cinema HD Display.
  • HDMI audio and video (HDCP) output using a compatible third-party Mini DisplayPort to HDMI Adapter.
  • A connected Thunderbolt device using the Apple Thunderbolt Cable (2 m).

USB 3.0
(4 ports)

There are a total of four USB 3.0 ports. You can connect USB 3.0, USB 2.0, and USB 1.1 devices to these ports.

USB 3.0 (also known as "SuperSpeed USB") can transfer data up to 5Gbps. The power available to USB will lessen for each device you connect. For example, the last USB device will have the least power available to it, and it might need it's own power supply. Learn more about USB 3.0 on your Mac.

SD Card Slot

The built-in SD card slot allows you to read and write data to MMC and SD media. The slot accepts MMC,  Standard SD (Secure Digital) 4 MB to 4 GB, SDHC (Secure Digital High Capacity) 4GB to 32 GB, and SDXC (Secure Digital Extended Capacity) 32 GB and larger.

Audio Out 

The Mac Mini (Late 2014) includes a combination audio out port. You can output audio via SPDIF optical digital output using a Mini-Toslink cable, or output analog audio using a standard stereo 1/8” headset jack. This port also supports the iPhone headset microphone.

Audio In

The Mac Mini (Late 2014) includes a combination audio in port. You can input Audio via SPDIF optical digital input using a Mini-Toslink cable, or input analog audio using a standard stereo 1/8” headset jack.

*Use up to a combined total of two supported displays via HDMI or Thunderbolt. Check with your display's manufacturer to see if it's compatible with your Mac mini.

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