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Docking Station Selection Guide

Thee DocKtor is often asked, “Which docking station is best for (or compatible with) a specific vendor/model PC?” This question had more merit when yesterday’s “port replicators” were often specific to a host, or a few models of host PCs they were designed for.  However, nowadays “docking stations” are often universal, or at least can be used with several models of a particular vendor’s PC.  Targus’ Universal Docking Stations can […]

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Ignore Type-C DOCK 65W PD Adapter Warning

Some PC may pop-up a warning when using certain power adapters.  For instance, a Dell PC capable of a USB Type-C PD Contract of 20VDC @ 3A (60W) may warn that it requires a 65W PD contract.  This warning can be ignored and the 60W contract will be established with a Targus dock supplying it.  To disable this warning, be sure the “Enable Adapter Warnings” check box is empty in […]

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The DOCK Power Button Can Wake A MacBook or PC

The power button on the USB Type-C Targus docks DOCK410, DOCK180, DOCK190, and DOCK171/77 (with ACA44) will enable powering the electronics and ports of the dock.  In addition, the dock power button can also be used to wake a MacBook or host PC, if supported by and enabled in the host PC BIOS as shown for a Dell and an HP in the following pictures. Similarly, but without a button, […]

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Targus Docking Stations Enterprise Features

Occasionally Thee DocKtor is asked, “Does the Targus dock support PXE Boot? or “What docks support WOL?”  Enterprise features like those shown below are often important for deployment and in some platform update and maintenance topologies.   Assuming these features are also supported by the host platform, the following table shows a summarizes the most popular features by Targus dock models.  See the descriptions below for the more Advanced Ethernet port […]

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DisplayLink Releases v.8.5M0 for Windows

DisplayLink announced v.8.5M0is now available.  Using this version of the software should work, but Targus has not validated this release with all Targus Universal Docking Stations or Targus UDS Utilities.  This release has not been submitted for distribution on Windows Update for Targus Universal Docking Stations and Targus is not providing .MSI/.INF files for it.  Targus is not planning validation of this release. New Features DisplayLink DL-6950 video playback improvements […]

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DOCK190 Supply Power Delivery Application Note

Since the Targus DOCK190 has two different ways to supply power to the upstream host computer and can supply power and charging to downstream USB devices on both Type-A and Type-C ports, Thee DocKtor thought he’d try to clarify how these power operation capabilities can be used. USB Type-C Power Delivery Mode The USB Type-C PD operation can be confusing as it varies depending on the power sink capabilities of […]

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Targus DOCK190-The Only Truly Universal Total Docking Station That Works with Just About Everything!

At Targus, Universal Doesn’t Just Mean One Vendor’s Platform The Targus DOCK190 is a native USB Type-C 3.1 Gen 1 (USB SuperSpeed) Universal Docking Station (UDS) that works with Thunderbolt, DisplayPort Alternate Mode, and USB Type-C Gen 1 and Gen 2 hosts, and many other USB Type-C hosts, to render up to dual 4K60P graphics monitors.  It can supply USB Type-C Power Delivery to host devices at up to 100W.  […]

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DO NOT Update To macOS 10.13.4!

  DisplayLink is warning of significant macOS issues as shown here. The issue is shown Apple Forums is shown here. Computer World news April 6th here.  And please note this article.  And other like this can be found on the WWW.  Thee DocKtor recommends that macOS users request support from Apple for these issues so that they have full awareness of the issue(s) you are experiencing. As shown, some functionality is […]

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Targus Docks for Samsung Devices Matrix

Not very often is Thee DocKtor able to make a matrix Targus docking stations to host platforms.  After all, many of Targus Docking Stations are Universal and as such work well, universally!  However, at times, and really depending on the application(s) we can make specific recommendations. Click on the picture below to view Thee DocKtor’s recommendations for Samsung Phone, Tablets, Chromebooks, and PCs.

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Targus DOCK412 DP Alt. Mode Travel Dock with PD Pass-Through

Targus has released the DOCK412 USB Type-C DisplayPort Alternate Mode Travel Dock with Power Delivery Pass-Through.  The DOCK412 It has been validated on various Windows 7 and 10, macOS-X, Ubuntu 16 & 17, ChromeOS, and Android platforms but it requires either a Thunderbolt or DisplayPort Alternate Mode connection to the host and will not work with a USB Type-C 3.1 connection. The DOCK412 can be powered via its 10-inch pigtail […]

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