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Which Dock Is Best for You?

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With all the docking station choices from Targus, it’s sometimes hard to choose the right one.  Ultimately it depends on the application, what you want to do with your universal docking station based workstation, but there are a few things to consider. Please keep in mind, the host doesn’t necessarily determine the dock recommendation because all of Targus Universal Docking Stations (UDS) are just that — universal. They can be […]

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Targus Releases DisplayLink v.8.1M0 Windows Software for Targus Universal Docking Stations

The DocKtors have validated the latest release version 8.1M0 (including Targus Universal Docking Station device drivers) for all DisplayLink-based Targus Universal Docking Stations on all version of Windows 7, 8.1, and 10 through Redstone build 15002. Version 8.1M0 is required for any DL6950 based Targus Universal Docking Station including models DOCK160 and DOCK177. The software is available from targus.com and Windows Update for all Targus Universal Docking Stations.  Enterprise customers […]

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DisplayLink Releases v.8.1M0 for Windows

DisplayLink announced v.8.1M0 is now available.  Thee DocKtor has not yet validated 8.1M0 (8.1.848.0) with Targus UDS.  Per DisplayLink 8.1M0 offers the following improvements: – DDC/CI command pass-through support for DL-6xxx devices – VLAN, Wake-on-LAN, and headphone privacy for DL-6xxx devices – Ethernet MAC address pass-through – SHA-256 driver signature hashing – DL-41xx DDC/CI support to control brightness and contrast This release has not been submitted for distribution on Windows Update […]

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Optimizing Your Targus DOCK410 Experience

As previously reported, not all USB Type-C (aka USB-C) ports are the same. While Type-C enables video, data, and power over a single connection it doesn’t mean all the capabilities have been implemented on the host or device.  And even if the receptacle is marked, various hosts and devices are not always compatible. The good news is that of all the USB Type-C docking stations that we’ve evaluated, the Targus […]

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Targus Universal USB 3.0 Dual Cinema 4K2K 60Hz 24 bpp DOCK160USZ Release

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On December 8, Targus® and DisplayLink® announced the upcoming release of the DisplayLink DL-6950 based DOCK160USZ. See the announcement here and the DOCK160USZ product page here.  The DOCK160USZ functions very similarly to other Targus USB 3.0-based docks, but the performance is much higher on Mac OS-X and Windows PC than any other USB 3.0 dock on the market. Given the host’s graphics can support it, it is possible to get […]

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Which DisplayPort Specifications Do Targus Docks Support?

The DisplayPort (DP) monitor ports of Targus universal docking stations are all DP1.2a++ compliant except for the ACP77USZ; the ACP77 is DP1.2++ (no “a”).  See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DisplayPort for details.  The only docking station to support DisplayPort 1.2a++ Multi-Stream Transport (MST) is the DOCK410USZ.  However, Thee DocKtor has noted that late model OS X based Apple MacBooks do not appear to support MST, see https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT206587 and https://discussions.apple.com/thread/5816449?tstart=0 .   It is also appears that the […]

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Windows® and Intel® Graphics Don’t Always Agree

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In determining the capabilities of a USB Type-C Thunderbolt 3 host, we’ve noted that the Intel HD Graphics Control Panel and Windows Advanced display settings do not always agree; see above where the numbering is different. Also, if an external monitor’s orientation was modified in the Intel panel, the monitor’s orientation will change after clicking on the Apply button. Similarly, if changing the layout orientation, the monitor’s resolution will change […]

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MacBook® Doesn’t Support Multi-Stream Transport

The issue with USB Type-C docking (and video adapters, etc.) on MacBooks (2015-2016) is that Mac OS-X does not support DisplayPort (DP) 1.2 Multi-Stream Transport (MST). However, there are MST capabilities in most implementations of Windows® and Linux® OS platforms.  Using Targus’ DOCK410USZ, USB-C Universal Docking Station with Power Delivery Profile 4 (up to 60W) to both DP monitor ports will render displays, but the rendering will be in duplicate […]

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A Word About OS-X Support of DisplayLink

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Many users who work with OS-X often feel unsupported when raising platform issues issues in PC-based enterprises.  The standard recommendation is for an expensive hardware upgrade to a current OS-X-based platform as a “fix” to the issue.  This is common with external monitors, especially non-branded Apple and USB monitors. When using MacBooks with OS-X and Targus Universal Docking Stations, some helpful application notes are available here . These known issues have […]

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