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Targus Universal Docking Station Utilities Cross Reference

While not every combination is validated, the following table shows which Targus Universal Docking Station (UDS) Utilities are designed to work with the corresponding Targus UDS models (click to enlarge): For more about the Targus UDS Utilities click on their titles below or see the corresponding Targus UDS product page at . WiFi AutoSwitch MAC Address Clone Display Configuration Ghost Device Removal

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Targus Universal Docking Station Supported Resolutions

If the host’s graphics support it, Targus Universal Docking Stations support the display monitor resolutions indicated in the following chart.  These are only a subset of the resolutions supported; called the most met resolutions, but resolutions in between these are also supported. #            Only available over DisplayPort and HDMI outputs †            Only available over DisplayPort output ¥            Only available when using a single video output, not supported in dual-head […]

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Targus Ghost Device Removal Utilitiy v. for Windows Released

Targus Ghost Device Removal Utility version for Windows was released last week for use with all Targus DisplayLink based Universal Docking Stations models: ACP71, ACP77, DOCK110, DOCK120, DOCK130, DOCK150, DOCK160, DOCK171, DOCK177, DOCK180, and DOCK410. Network adaptor registry bloat is a little known limitation of the Windows OS which has been around since Windows XP.  The limitation is exposed in Agile/ABW environments where connecting to multiple network adaptors occurs. It  can […]

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The Only Universal USB Type-C Device

Scope While USB Type-C (USB-C) ports can enable video, data, and power over a single connection it doesn’t mean all these capabilities have been implemented on the host, device, or peripheral.  Because USB Type-C is the name of the connector, and not necessarily the protocols, modes, or capabilities of it in a port configuration, it is not always clear why two USB-C ports can be physically connected (quite easy by […]

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Thunderbolt 3 USB Type-C

Thunderbolt 3 can also supply up to 100W of power on the USB Type-C connection, but doesn’t have to support power at all.  Thunderbolt 3 brings Thunderbolt to USB-C at speeds up to 40 Gbps, creating one compact port that simultaneously supports high video and data bandwidth and power on a single cable.  A Thunderbolt 3 port on a PC can support all generations of Thunderbolt (including Thunderbolt 3), all […]

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Which Dock Is Best for You?

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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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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Network Adapters Stop Working After McAfee Host Intrusion Prevention Patch

A large credit card company was thoroughly convinced that their Targus UDS GbE port was faulty after applying Patch 6 to Intel McAfee Host Intrusion Prevention (HIP) 8 and updating their Targus UDS DisplayLink software.  Afterall, they could unplug the Ethernet cable, plug it into a local port, or use the PC WiFi and all was well. However, as it turns out, the UDS was just showing the problems with […]

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Use Your Android Phone From Your PC

Thee DocKtor often has to text his teenage sons (they don’t answer phone calls).  And because his PC doesn’t have all the applications his phone has, including a way to send SMS, he has been looking for a way to run his phone (with his PC) that can be plugged into a USB port on a Targus Universal Docking Station (UDS).  Ideally, the external keyboard and mouse can be used while the […]

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