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Thunderbolt Docking Station for Laptops - Includes TB Cable

Transform your MacBook into a powerful home / office workstation through a single Thunderbolt cable

Product ID: TBDOCKHDPBC

  • Mini DisplayPort or HDMI video output
  • Dual monitor support when using HDMI + Thunderbolt Display
  • Gigabit Ethernet, Audio, 3x USB 3.0 ports with UASP, includes 1m Thunderbolt cable
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  • Supports Thunderbolt data rates of up to 10Gbps
  • Includes optional stand for horizontal or vertical (tower) orientation
  • Supports daisy-chain up to 6 Thunderbolt devices
  • Provides a dedicated controller for onboard I/O handling
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Overview

The TBDOCKHDPBC Thunderbolt™ Docking Station gives you a single connection point to your home / office workstation, for a flexible setup with formidable speed. Adding Thunderbolt and HDMI video outputs, Gigabit Ethernet, a USB 3.0 hub and 3.5mm audio ports to your Thunderbolt-equipped laptop has never been easier.

Single Connection

Start working faster! The Thunderbolt dock reduces the hassle of connecting a typical laptop workstation by leaving your entire peripheral set connected to the dock. Through a single connection to your laptop (e.g. MacBook Pro®, MacBook Air® or Ultrabook™), you can be up-and-running in seconds.

Get connected right away with the included high-quality 1m Thunderbolt cable, saving you time and money.

Flexible Setup

Experience a tidy and customizable workspace with a small footprint and included optional stand, so you can place the Thunderbolt dock either horizontally or vertically.

Connect more of your USB peripherals through the integrated 3-port USB 3.0 controller. External USB 3.0 hard drives benefit from the smooth response and faster data transfer rates provided by UASP. Older USB peripherals aren't a problem either, with USB 2.0/1.1 backward-compatibility.

Formidable Speed

Increase your overall system performance with a dedicated controller for onboard I/O handling, freeing up system resources. With data transfer rates up to 10 Gbps, Thunderbolt technology simultaneously supports a high-resolution display and high-performance data devices through a single interface, plus you can daisy-chain up to 6 devices (Thunderbolt 1 and 2 compatible) for maximum connectivity.

Expand your screen real estate and increase productivity, using the integrated monitor outputs. With support for resolutions up to 1920x1080 (HDMI) and 2560x1440 (Thunderbolt / Mini DisplayPort), the dock provides several options to add external HD displays.

Backed by a StarTech.com 3-year warranty and free lifetime technical support.

Note: When using a single display, the dock lets you connect one HDMI, DisplayPort or Thunderbolt monitor. The Thunderbolt™ interface on the dock is backward compatible with Mini DisplayPort and when connected to a DisplayPort monitor, only a single display can be added as HDMI will be disabled. For dual display configurations, you can connect one HDMI monitor and one Thunderbolt monitor simultaneously.

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Applications

Turn a Thunderbolt™-equipped MacBook Pro®, MacBook Air®, laptop or Ultrabook™ into a powerful workstation

Connect a wide variety of peripherals at home / office to a laptop all from a single Thunderbolt connection

Technical Specifications

Warranty Information
Warranty 3 Years
Hardware
4K Support No
Bus Type Thunderbolt
Chipset ID Intel - CactusRidge_4C
Intel - WGI210AT
Fresco - FL1100EX
Parade - PS181
Parade - PS8339B
NXP - CBTL05023
Texas Instruments - PCM2912A
Displays Supported 1
Fast-Charge Port(s) No
Industry Standards IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3u, IEEE 802.3ab
Performance
Auto MDIX Yes
Compatible Networks 10/100/1000 Mbps
Full Duplex Support Yes
Maximum Data Transfer Rate 10 Gbps (Thunderbolt)
5 Gbps (USB 3.0)
2 Gbps (Ethernet; Full-Duplex)
Maximum Digital Resolutions 2560x1440 (Thunderbolt)
1920x1080 (HDMI)
Type and Rate Thunderbolt - 10 Gbit/s
Connector(s)
Connector Type(s) 1 - HDMI (19 pin) Female
1 - RJ-45 Female
2 - 3.5 mm Mini-Jack (3 Position) Female
2 - Thunderbolt™ (20-pin) Female
3 - USB Type-A (9 pin) USB 3.0 Female
Software
OS Compatibility Windows® 10 (32-bit or 64-bit), 8 / 8.1 (32-bit or 64-bit), 7 (32-bit or 64-bit)
Mac OS® 10.8.3 and later (tested up to 10.11)
Special Notes / Requirements
System and Cable Requirements Available Thunderbolt interface
Indicators
LED Indicators 1 - Power
Power
Center Tip Polarity Positive
Input Current 1.5 A
Input Voltage 100 ~ 240 AC
Output Current 5 A
Output Voltage 12 DC
Plug Type N
Power Source AC Adapter Included
Environmental
Humidity 5~95% RH
Operating Temperature 5°C to 40°C (41°F to 104°F)
Storage Temperature -20°C to 70°C (-4°F to 158°F)
Physical Characteristics
Cable Length 3.3 ft [1 m]
Color Black & Silver
Enclosure Type Aluminum and Plastic
Product Height 7.4 in [189 mm]
Product Length 4.9 in [124 mm]
Product Weight 14.5 oz [411 g]
Product Width 2.8 in [70 mm]
Packaging Information
Shipping (Package) Weight 2.9 lb [1.3 kg]
What's in the Box
Included in Package 1 - Thunderbolt Docking Station
1 - 1m Thunderbolt Cable
1 - Stand (w/ screws)
4 - Rubber Feet
1 - Universal power adapter: comes ready for NA/EU/UK only when you buy in NA/EU/UK; comes ready for Australia and New Zealand only when you buy in Australia and New Zealand
1 - Instruction Manual

Compatibility

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Windows® 10 (32-bit or 64-bit), 8 / 8.1 (32-bit or 64-bit), 7 (32-bit or 64-bit)
Mac OS® 10.8.3 and later (tested up to 10.11)

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Product Support

Frequently Asked Questions

Installation

Before you install the device, make sure that your operating system is current (for example, the most recent service pack is installed).

  1. Download the latest drivers from the StarTech.com website at http://www.startech.com/Support. The part number and product ID are on the product packaging.

Note: Windows usually saves the files to the Downloads folder that is associated with your user account (for example, C:\Users\your_name\Downloads).

  1. After the download is complete, right-click the zip folder that you downloaded, click Extract All, and complete the instructions.
  2. In the list of extracted files, right-click the Setup.exe file and click Run as Administrator.

Note: If the Run as Administrator option is not available, you might be trying to run the installer from within the zipped file. Complete the instructions in step 2 to extract the files.

  1. Complete the instructions to install the device drivers, and restart your computer when prompted to.
  2. After your computer restarts, connect the device to your computer.

Your computer automatically finishes installing the driver and your device should be ready to use.

How to

To confirm that Windows detects your USB device, complete the following:

  1. Press the Windows key+R, type devmgmt.msc, and press Enter.
  2. In Device Manager, under the appropriate heading, confirm that your expansion card is listed and that there isn't an exclamation mark next to it.  For example, a USB controller card would be under Universal Serial Bus controllers.

Your USB device is listed according to the name of the chipset. To determine the name of the chipset of your USB device, navigate to www.StarTech.com and look on the Technical Specifications tab for your product.

To confirm that the Mac OS detects your USB device, complete the following:

  1. Click the Apple icon.
  2. Click About This Mac.
  3. Click More Info or System Report.
  4. Under the appropriate heading, confirm that your USB device is listed and that there isn't an error. For example, a network card would be under Ethernet Cards.

You may need to refresh the System Information page after you plug in your device.  To do so, press Command R with the System Information page open.

Your USB device is listed according to the name of the chipset. To determine the name of the chipset of your USB device, navigate to www.StarTech.com and look on the Technical Specifications tab for your product.

Troubleshooting

Sometimes an on-board network interface card (NIC) conflicts with a new NIC.  In these cases it is best to disable the on-board NIC.

The best way to disable your on-board NIC is to go into your BIOS and disable it there if possible.  To do this, consult your motherboard manual.

You can also disable any NIC in Windows.  Here is how you do this:

First click Start, or, in Windows 10 and 8, hold down the Windows key and press X.  Then click Control Panel.

Windows 10

  1. Click Network and Internet.
  2. Click Network and Sharing Center.
  3. On the left, click Change adapter settings.
  4. Right-click the NIC that you would like to disable and select Disable.

Windows 8

  1. Click Network and Sharing Center.
  2. On the left, click Change adapter settings.
  3. Right-click the NIC that you would like to disable and select Disable.

Windows 7

  1. Click Network and Internet.
  2. Click Network and Sharing Center.
  3. On the left, click Change adapter settings.
  4. Right-click the NIC that you would like to disable and select Disable.

Windows Vista

  1. Click Network and Sharing Center.
  2. On the left, click Manage network connections.
  3. Right-click the NIC that you would like to disable and select Disable.

Windows XP

  1. Click Network Connections.
  2. Right-click the NIC that you would like to disable and select Disable.
Thunderbolt Docking Station for Laptops - Includes TB Cable

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(5 stars) Handy!

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The only drawback is that I can't use this for dual monitors unless one of them is a thunderbolt port one. So I had to plug that one directly into my mac
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(3 stars) Good product, bad driver or instruction

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This is a very useful versatile docking station with some improvements needs to be done. It makes your Macbook works like a desktop work station but... 1. It does not like been connected while powering up. Will make you think the Macbook is crashed. You NEED to power up first and then connect the thunderbolt cable. 2. Do NOT install the Intel driver came with the unit if you have Mavericks. My Macbook becomes unusable, no network, no internet, no access to my Time Machine for restore. I am stocked here waiting for Startech's solution. Would have given a four stars if not for the misleading Intel driver in the DVD
Quality of Product (3/5)
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(4 stars) Good Dock, but limitations on dual display

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I bought one of these a couple of weeks ago to add dual monitors to my MacBook Pro 13 inch late 2011 (i5 8GB). I checked that the dock supported dual monitors, however your second monitor needs to be a Thunderbolt Monitor, you can't use an Display-Port/Thunder Port Adaptor to connect to a second monitor and have both the HDMI connected and the Adaptor connected monitor. The dock will support one or the other, as the HDMI port is a mini-port to HDMI port adaptor. This port is not a way to convert a cheaper monitor into a Thunder Port Monitor. It does add USB3 to my MAC, I used a StarTech USB32DVIPRO to connect the second monitor, this works fine through the Dock, although Mavericks has a few issues with updating the USB monitor. The other behaviour I have noticed about the Dock, is that it is not great at coming out of sleep mode when my Mac goes to sleep, I have needed to unplug and replug the dock. If you do not replug in the dock, I found that the Web Content Processes went crazy stealing 100% CPU, I think Mavericks struggles with an external pan port when the Mac wakes from sleep. Make sure that you if you are running Mavericks you DO NOT install the drivers on the supplied disk, it trashed my network configuration, and I had to reinstall Mavericks. I should have read the disclaimer more carefully, so this is more of a warning. Mavericks picks up the drivers automatically and this worked really well. I also tried out the Dock+USB Video in boot camp running Windows 7 64 bit. This worked well, but remember to plug in the dock when you boot into Boot Camp, otherwise the Mac/Windows does not detect the Dock and doesn't then install the drivers. I have not tried the sound ports, the HDMI will support sound output if you are connecting it to a TV/device that supports sound output. Good product, I wish the HDMI port acted as a Thunderbolt display so I could connect 2 monitors with out buying an expensive TB monitor, that said the USB solution works ok, so long as you are not gaming or playing video (on the USB) The main problem is multi-monitor support in Mavericks.
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(4 stars) Fantastic little device

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This thing is amazing and I glad I got it... the only reason I knocked down 1 star is because the Ethernet drivers do not support OS X 10.9 yet.
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