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Don’t Throw Away, Use That Old Display

Targus Universal Docking Stations models ACP70 and the #1 selling ACP71 both ship with passive DVI-I to VGA and HDMI to DVI-D adaptors in the box.  The DocKtor recommends that if not in use, connect one of the dock’s external monitor ports with any old display that was headed for the trash heap.  For instance, even an old low resolution VGA monitor can come in handy as a third Windows […]

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More Than Two External Displays

The DocKtor is often asked how to add a third, fourth, or more external monitors.  This can be done with a dock plugged into a dock, and while this is possible, it not economical or technically friendly.  Many host platforms do not support beyond three monitors, especially high resolution monitors well. That being said, it is possible. Many of the Targus DisplayLink based docking stations, models DOCK1XX, can be connected to […]

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WW Universal Docking Station Support Contacts

Targus Offers direct support for enterprise Universal Docking Station customers worldwide.  If you are an enterprise customer needing help setting up, using, installing, updating, or deploying Targus docks, please contact the appropriate DocKtor for you region: −Americas West, Japan, Central & South America Kevin Quinn, Thee DocKtor  kquinn@targus.com +714-575-7427 −Americas East Mark Aurelio, DocKtor Know maurelio@targus.com +877-344-7545 −EMEA Atif Mahmood, DocKtor Who amahmood@targus.com +44 (0) 208-831-2044 −APAC Paul Dale, DocKtor […]

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My Employer Won’t Give Me A Dock for Home

When asked where to get a Targus Universal Docking Station for the home or home office, the DocKtor recommends, “…from your favorite on-line retailer.” That is, in addition to thousands of capable Value Added Resellers. Dell, HP, Amazon , Walmart, and many others carry them. The DocKtor is prone to using his wife’s American Express card and buying from the best deal shown at PriceGrabber.

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“To Close or not to Close,” That Is the Question

Many users coming from the olden days of using a snap-in type dock are used to closing the lid or their PC when using a docking station. However, in today’s world of Universal Docking Stations, the DocKtor recommends leaving the lid open to use the local display. It can be used for one more desktop or another application windows or just pushing something aside from the main display, etc. Users […]

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Free WiFi AutoSwitch Utility from Targus

Targus offers a WiFi Autoswitch Utility for use with each Universal Docking Station at corporate customers.  Many PC OEM provide such a utility as part of their “bloatware” however it is usually deleted by IT (not part of the company PC image). The utility turns off the WiFi when the Targus Universal Dock’s Ethernet connection is being used.  When the dock is disconnected, it turns the WiFi network adapter back on.  […]

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…It’s Got A Kick-Stand

With the possible exception of the singing in “Surface Pro 3 Winter Wonderland,” the latest Surface Pro 3 vs. Macbook Air TV commercials are entertaining.  Check out Nat King Cole singing it to hear the best version of Winter Wonderland.  It appears Microsoft has put themselves in front of Apple. Problem is their docking solution is clunky at best. Surface Pro 3 Kick-Stand Angles (Side View) The SP3 proprietary docking station […]

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A Christmas Dock

Are you still using the tired old approach to PC docking? Have you figured out how to dock an Ultra Book, tablet, or Macbook? What about phones too? This time of the year The DocKtor is retold of the Dickens novel, “A Christmas Carol”. Below is a shorter version of the story, adapted for docking stations, and with you (IT Professional) as the hero. The story ends with you having […]

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Targus Universal Docking on a Virtual Machine

The DocKtor is often asked if Targus’ Universal Docking Stations (docks) can be used with a Virtual Machine? The short answer is, “Yes.” The long answer, or rather, official answer is, “Probably.” That is, while not validated the DocKtor is aware of many customer using docks with VMs. I have even been told that one customer is booting their Macbook to a Windows VM PC connected to a dock using […]

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