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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 Cable, Port and Power Performance Expectations

Thunderbolt 3 bandwidth is shared bandwidth which means all connected devices will use the bandwidth for all protocols that transfer through the same Thunderbolt 3 cable (DisplayPort over USB-C traffic and traffic such as USB, Ethernet, and Audio). Cables It is important to understand the effects of Thunderbolt 3 cables used between Thunderbolt 3 ports for both power capability and data rates.  Consider whether the connection is Host to Device […]

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Do Not Use Targus ACA41 with Lenovo X1 Tablet

After the latest Lenovo updates including BIOS 1.63 dated 2/17/2017, Targus has received reports that the Lenovo X1 Tablet host no longer working with the Targus ACA41 for USB Type-C Power Delivery.  Sometimes recovery is possible by hard reset of the X1 Tablet (via pin hole button on back and under kick-stand of X1).  Note, BIOS version 1.55 dated 8/10/2016 through version 1.62 appeared to function. The issue is not […]

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Targus MAC Address Clone Utility v.1.01.019 Released

Targus has finished all preliminary engineering testing of the Targus MAC Address Clone Utility version 1.01.019 for Windows.  It is now ready for security conscious enterprise customers to use in their environment.  Please contact your Targus DockTor or Targus sales representative to learn more.  It can be downloaded for free on each of the Targus UDS product pages at http://www.targus.com .  Current users can also right click on the task […]

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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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Targus Validates 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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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

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 and HDMI 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.   All of the docks are HDMI1.4 compliant.  The DOCK160 and DOCK177 are HDMI 2.0 compliant.  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 […]

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