Tools Every Network Administrator Needs in Their Tool Belt

April 3, 2018 Ingram Micro

As a network administrator, you never know where your day-to-day job is going to take you. Perhaps you’re moving from one conference room to the next, working at a different office location or even tending to networking needs at a client’s place of work. Whatever it is, you need to be able to connect whenever and wherever you are.  Unfortunately, you can’t always predict the type of equipment that’ll be available to you at different locations. So, you need to come prepared and that’s exactly what these top tools will do.

Video Display Adapters

There are many situations where you may need to connect to external monitors to increase productivity or to quickly portray a message to your co-workers and/or clients via a presentation. However, with the rise of technology, the variety of devices and ports on each is vast. Video display adapters allow you to ensure you can always connect to external monitors, regardless of the equipment being used. Depending on the dynamics of your task or network administration job, you may need to connect to more than one device. At, there are various types of video display adapters that allow you to connect to a single display or several, such as:

  • Single Display Adapters
    • Includes connections from USB-C, Thunderbolt 3 to HDMI, DVI, VGA or DisplayPort monitors
  • Multiple Display Adapters
    • Connect your device to multiple displays through a single connection
  • Multiport Display Adapters
    • Multiple video output options through a single adapter, allowing you to connect to virtually any monitor, television or projector

Display Connectivity Technologies

Display connectivity technologies allow you to convert and connect your device to other video ports, allowing you to output video to different devices, regardless as to whether they have the same ports as your device. Think of display connectivity technologies as the middleman between your device and others, making all devices compatible. Here are some of the most popular display connectivity technologies available that every network administrator should have in their tool belt:

  • USB-C
    • Connect your device to DisplayPort, HDMI, DVI or VGA displays
    • Supports up to 4K 60Hz video output
  • Thunderbolt 3
    • Connect two 4K 60Hz monitors with this simple yet powerful port
    • Supports 5K 60Hz display
  • DisplayPort/Mini DisplayPort
    • Connect your DisplayPort or Mini DisplayPort equipped device to HDMI, VGA and DVI displays or projectors
    • Supports 4K 60Hz
  • USB 3.0
    • Modern device that allows you to turn any USB port into an external video output
    • Connect to 4K Ultra HD displays or 1080p monitors

Presentation Adapter

One of the most modern tools every network administrator needs in their tool belt is the Presentation Adapter. This unique form of technology isn’t just like every other USB-C display adapter. Instead, it has a “presentation mode” switch that provides you with maximum control when connected to a display or projector, as you can prevent your device from going to sleep, entering power-save mode or launching its screen saver. Here are some interesting specs:

  • Available in both VGA and HDMI models
  • Ideal for travel or in boardrooms
  • Presentation mode can be turned on or off depending on your needs

Docking Stations docking stations provide power in a small package, offering simple, reliable connectivity wherever you are. They allow you to transform any space into a productive workstation, enabling you to connect to various device ports as needed.

Without these network administrator tools, adapters and docking stations, doing your job to the best of your ability can be tough. Explore the vast array of simple yet powerful technology today at

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