USB 3.0 Mini Dock - Dual Monitor USB-A Docking Station with DisplayPort 4K 60Hz Video & Gigabit Ethernet - 1ft (30cm) cable - Portable USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A Laptop Adapter

Portable Docking Station | USB 3.0 | Mac & Windows® | TAA Compliant

Product ID: USBA2DPGB

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  • USB-A DUAL 4K 60HZ MINI DOCK: USB 3.0 mini dock with dual monitor DisplayPort, GbE port; DisplayLink certified, DL 6950 chipset supports dual DP 4K 60Hz video output & widespread display compatibility
  • EASY INSTALLATION: Portable USB Type-A docking station with a 1ft (30cm) attached cable to provide setup flexibility & extended port reach to devices like USB-A Surface Pros to reduce port strain
  • DESIGNED FOR PORTABILITY: This bus-powered USB-A mini docking station has a compact form factor and it is ideally suited for small in-office or work-from-home workspaces
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This USB to Dual DisplayPort Mini Dock provides your USB 3.0 laptop with connectivity for dual 4K 60 Hz monitors and Gigabit LAN - enabling you to quickly harness dual-display productivity and network connectivity. 

Increase Your Productivity with Two 4K Monitors 

The dual DisplayPort adapter adds two DP video outputs to your USB laptop, with resolution support up to 4K. Working on two monitors increases your productivity by giving you more screen space. You can simultaneously access multiple applications and reference material on one display while composing on the other. 

Access Hardwired Networks with a GbE Port 

Ethernet ports on modern laptops are uncommon, and wireless networks are less secure and less reliable than a hardwired connection. With the GbE port on this portable docking station that features an Ethernet adapter you can access wired LANs even if your USB 3.0 laptop doesn’t have an Ethernet port. 

Maximize Portability with a Miniature Docking Station 

The dock features a compact design that's perfect for business professionals who need portable office desk accessories for traveling between multiple office locations, or shared workspaces. 

The USBA2DPGB is TAA compliant and backed by a 3-year StarTech.com warranty and free lifetime technical support.  

Applications

  • Keep your docking station with your laptop while traveling
  • Perform high-resolution tasks like graphic design or video editing on two 4K 60Hz monitors
  • Connect to hardwired networks in offices that avoid wireless networks

Partner Numbers

  • Ingram IE V934216
  • Exertis IE S10181189
  • UPC 065030874328

Compatibility

  • Windows 10 logo
  • Windows 8 logo
  • Windows 7 logo
  • macOS Catalina (10.15) logo
  • macOS Mojave (10.14) logo
  • macOS Sierra (10.12) logo
  • Mac OS X El Capitan (10.11) logo
  • Mac OS X Yosemite (10.10) logo
  • Mac OS X Mavericks (10.9) logo
  • macOS Big Sur (11.0) logo
  • Linux logo
  • Chrome OS logo
Windows®️ 2000, XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 10
macOS 10.6 - 10.12, 10.14 - 10.15, 11.0
Ubuntu 14.04, 16.04, 19.04
Linux Kernel 4.2 - 5.2
Chrome OS™️ v55+

Specifications

Warranty Information Warranty 3 Years
Connector(s) 2 - Connector Type(s) DisplayPort (20 pin)
1 - Connector Type(s) RJ-45
USB Type-A (9 pin) USB 3.0 (5 Gbps)
Environmental Operating Temperature 0°C to 40°C (32°F to 104°F)
Storage Temperature -10°C to 60°C (14°F to 140°F)
Humidity 10-90% RH
Hardware 4K Support Yes
Fast-Charge Port(s) No
Displays Supported 2
Bus Type USB 3.0
Industry Standards IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3u, IEEE 802.3ab
USB 3.0 - Backward compatible with USB 2.0/1.1
Chipset ID DisplayLink - DL-6950
Packaging Information Shipping (Package) Weight 215 g [7.6 oz]
Package Length 11.4 cm [4.5 in]
Package Width 20 cm [7.9 in]
Package Height 38 mm [1.5 in]
Performance Maximum Data Transfer Rate 5 Gbps (USB 3.0)
2 Gbps (Ethernet; Full-Duplex)
Maximum Digital Resolutions Dual displays - DisplayPort - 4096 x 2160 @ 60Hz / 3840 x 2160 @ 60Hz
Type and Rate USB 3.0 - 5 Gbit/s
UASP Support No
Compatible Networks 10/100/1000 Mbps
Auto MDIX Yes
Full Duplex Support Yes
Physical Characteristics Color Black
Cable Length 30 cm [11.8 in]
Product Length 13 cm [5.1 in]
Product Width 58 mm [2.3 in]
Product Height 20 mm [0.8 in]
Weight of Product 126 g [4.4 oz]
Power Power Source USB-Powered
Software OS Compatibility Windows®️ 2000, XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 10
macOS 10.6 - 10.12, 10.14 - 10.15, 11.0
Ubuntu 14.04, 16.04, 19.04
Linux Kernel 4.2 - 5.2
Chrome OS™️ v55+
Special Notes / Requirements System and Cable Requirements A host laptop with an available USB-A port.
Note USB 3.0 is also known as USB 3.1 Gen 1; this connectivity standard offers speeds up to 5Gbps.
4K resolution is supported on both video ports. A 4K-capable DisplayPort display is required to achieve 4Kx2K resolution.
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Frequently Asked Questions

Installation

Starting in High Sierra 10.13, macOS enforces stricter security policies than previous revisions. As a result of these changes, software packages, like those used in this installation, will need to be allowed within the macOS Security and Privacy settings, immediately after the software has been installed, in order for the device to operate.

To allow the software, follow these steps after you've completed installation on your Mac:

  1. Open System Preferences.
  2. Open Security & Privacy.
  3. Click the Allow button near the bottom of the General tab.

Note: The option to allow the software will be available within the Security & Privacy settings for 30 minutes. If the software is not allowed within that time frame, the software must be reinstalled in order for macOS to grant the opportunity to allow it again.

Troubleshooting

Computers running macOS Catalina (10.15) may experience compatibility issues with products that use DisplayLink technology, such as USB Docking Stations and Video Adapters. Connecting to a DisplayLink-powered Product may cause the Display(s) to output a blank screen. If you experience this problem, follow these steps:

  1. Update computer to the latest version of macOS 10.15
  2. Permit Screen Recording by following these steps: macOS Catalina 10.15: Screen Recording permission (external link)
  3. Enable the DisplayLink Kernel Extension by following these steps: macOS 10.13, 10.14 and 10.15: Video functionality not enabled (external link)
  4. If the problem persists, try installing the DisplayLink Manager Application (external link). Be sure to run the application after installation and select “Launch automatically after logging-in” for it to start automatically every time you log-in.

If the USB device does not work after your computer has been in extended hibernation, it is likely that Windows has automatically turned off the USB Root hub to save power. 

The steps below outline how to configure the USB root hub to stay on during hibernation, to prevent this from happening.
 

Windows 10 / 8

  1. On your keyboard, press the Windows key + X and select Control Panel.
  2. Click Hardware and Sound, then click Power Options.
  3. Click Change plan settings for the plan you want to change.
  4. Click Change advanced power settings.
  5. Click the plus sign (+) next to “USB settings” and “USB selective suspend setting” to expand the options and change the setting to Disabled.
  6. Click OK to apply the setting.

Note: You may need to disconnect and re-connect your USB device after applying these settings to re-establish the connection.

Windows 7 / Vista

  1. Click the Start button and select Control Panel.
  2. Click Hardware and Sound, then click Power Options.
  3. Click Change plan settings for the plan you want to change.
  4. Click Change advanced power settings.
  5. Click the plus sign (+) next to “USB settings” and “USB selective suspend setting” to expand the options and change the setting to Disabled.
  6. Click OK to apply the setting.

Note: You may need to disconnect and re-connect your USB device after applying these settings to re-establish the connection.

Windows XP

  1. On your desktop, right-click the My Computer icon and select Properties.
  2. Click the Device Manager tab.
  3. Expand Universal Serial Bus controllers by clicking the arrow to the left of it.
  4. Right-click the first USB Root Hub device and select Properties.
  5. Click the Power Management tab.
  6. Clear the box next to Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power.
  7. Click OK to apply the setting.
  8. Repeat steps 4-7 for any remaining devices in the Universal Serial Bus Controllers section with “Root Hub” in the name.

Note: You may need to disconnect and re-connect your USB device after applying these settings to re-establish the connection.

When you troubleshoot issues with a laptop docking station, there are some quick tests that you can complete to rule out potential problems. You can test to make sure that the following components are working correctly and are not the source of the issue:

  • Video cables

  • Video source

  • Video destination

  • Laptop docking station

  • USB peripherals

  • Ethernet connection

To test your setup components, try the following:

  • Use the video cables, video source, video destination, laptop docking station, USB peripherals, and Ethernet connection in another setup to see if the problem is with the components or the setup.

  • Use a different video cable, video source, video destination, laptop docking station, USB peripherals, and Ethernet connection setup to see if the problem persists. Ideally, you should test a component that you know works in another setup.

When you test your cables, it is recommended that you do the following:

  • Test each cable individually.

  • Use short cables when you are testing.

When you test the video cables, video source, video destination, and laptop docking station it is recommended that you do the following:

  1. Press the Windows key + R, type devmgmt.msc, and press Enter to open Device Manager.

  2. If you do not see the USB video adapter in Device Manager, refer to the following FAQ: https://www.startech.com/support/faqs/technical-support?topic=expansion-cards#usb-cannot-detect-windows.

  3. If the device is listed with an error, reinstall the drivers following the instructions on the website.

  4. Check to see if your video card drivers are current. You can check what video card you have in Device Manager under Display adapters. It is recommended that you go directly to the video card manufacturer's website to check for the latest drivers.

  5. Check to see if the monitor is being detected by Windows.

For more information about testing the USB peripherals and the laptop docking station, visit www.startech.com/faq/usb_hubs_general_troubleshooting.

When you test Ethernet and the laptop docking station, refer to the following FAQ: http://www.startech.com/faq/network_adapters_general_troubleshooting.

When you test sound and the laptop docking station, refer to the following FAQ: http://www.startech.com/faq/sound_cards_general_troubleshooting.

If hardware acceleration is enabled on any of your software applications, it can result in poor resource management and limit the performance of your video device. If you experience this problem, you should disable hardware acceleration in the program(s) that were impacted. 

To disable hardware acceleration in common applications and operating systems, complete one of the following series of steps, depending on what software application(s) or operating system that you are running.

Internet Explorer 9 and later

Note: Earlier versions of Internet Explorer do not use hardware acceleration.

  1. Click the Start button.
  2. Open Control Panel.
  3. Click Network and Internet.
  4. Click Internet Options.
  5. Click the Advanced tab.
  6. Browse to the Accelerated graphics screen.
  7. Select the Use software rendering instead of GPU rendering check box.
  8. Click Apply.
  9. Restart your computer.

Mozilla Firefox

  1. Open Firefox.
  2. Press the Alt key.
  3. Click Tools and Options.
  4. Click the Advanced icon.
  5. Click the General tab.
  6. Under Browsing, clear the Use hardware acceleration when available check box.
  7. Click the OK button.
  8. Restart your web browser.

Google Chrome

  1. Open Google Chrome.
  2. Click the Options icon (it has three horizontal lines on it).
  3. Click Settings.
  4. Click Show advanced settings.
  5. Scroll to the bottom of the screen and clear the Use hardware acceleration when available check box.
  6. Restart your web browser.

Microsoft Office 2013 / 2010

  1. Open any program in Microsoft Office (for example, Microsoft Word).
  2. Click the File tab.
  3. In the menu on the left side of the screen, click Options.
  4. Click Advanced.
  5. Under Display, select the Disable hardware graphics acceleration check box.
  6. Close and restart all of the Microsoft Office programs that you had open.

Windows 10 / 8

  1. Press the Windows key +X.
  2. Click Control Panel.
  3. Click Personalization.
  4. Select a high-contrast theme.

Windows 7 / Vista 

  1. Click the Start button.
  2. Click Control Panel.
  3. Click Personalization.
  4. Select a non-Aero theme. Ideally, you should select a basic and high-contrast theme.

Windows XP

  1. Click the Start button.
  2. Open the Control Panel.
  3. Select Display.
  4. Click the Settings tab.
  5. Click Advanced.
  6. Click the Troubleshooting tab.
  7. Move the Hardware Acceleration slider to None.
  8. Restart your computer.

In order for your mouse to move properly between your monitors you must rearrange your monitors in Windows to match the physical location of your monitors on your desk. To do so, complete the following based on your operating system:

Windows 10 and Windows  8

  1. On your keyboard, press the Windows key + X and select Control Panel.
  2. Click Appearance and Personalization, then click Display.
  3. Click the Resolution or Adjust Resolution option from the left column, which will display your monitors as numbered icons.
  4. Click Identify to display the numbers on each connected monitor, showing how the operating system has assigned their positions.
  5. Click and drag the monitor icons to best match your physical setup.
  6. Click OK to apply the changes and close the window.

Windows 7 and Windows Vista

  1. Click the Start button and select Control Panel.
  2. Click Appearance and Personalization, then click Display.
  3. Click the Resolution or Adjust Resolution option from the left column, which will display your monitors as numbered icons.
  4. Click Identify to display the numbers on each connected monitor, showing how the operating system has assigned their positions.
  5. Click and drag the monitor icons to best match your physical setup.
  6. Click OK to apply the changes and close the window.

Windows XP

  1. Click the Start button and select Control Panel.
  2. Double-click Display.
  3. Click the Settings tab, which will display your monitors as numbered icons.
  4. Click Identify to display the numbers on each connected monitor, showing how the operating system has assigned their positions.
  5. Click and drag the monitor icons to best match your physical setup.
  6. Click OK to apply the changes and close the window.

To mirror the image from your primary monitor instead of extending your desktop, refer to the following FAQ: http://www.startech.com/faq/Windows_Mirroring_Monitors

How To

To arrange extended displays on Windows 10, complete the following. 

  1. Press the Windows key+R, type desk.cpl, and press Enter. 
  2. Under the ‘Multiple Displays’ selection, select ‘Extend Desktop To This Display.’  
  3. Press ‘Identify’ to determine what number each display is assigned to. 
  4. Drag and drop each display accordingly to the physical layout on your desk.  
  5. Click the Apply button. 

To arrange extended displays on macOS, complete the following. 

  1. Navigate to the Apple Menu > System Preferences, click Displays, then click Arrangement
  2. Make sure that the ‘Mirror Displays’ checkbox is not selected. 
  3. Click on each display to determine what number each display is assigned to. 
  4. Drag and drop each display accordingly to the physical layout on your desk.  

Before You Buy

No, you cannot use this docking station to charge a connected laptop computer.

To see a list of laptop docking stations that can charge a connected laptop, refer to the following FAQ: https://www.startech.com/faq/laptop-docking-stations-will-charge-laptop.

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Safety Measures

  • If product has an exposed circuit board, do not touch the product under power.
  • If Class 1 Laser Product. Laser radiation is present when the system is open.
  • Wiring terminations should not be made with the product and/or electric lines under power.
  • Product installation and/or mounting should be completed by a certified professional as per the local safety and building code guidelines.
  • Cables (including power and charging cables) should be placed and routed to avoid creating electric, tripping or safety hazards.
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Solid Docking Station

By: nivek - 01/15/2018
Nice for the those who travel with their laptop. Its compact, light weight, and easy to setup. Needed a little tweaking in windows.
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Easy to use docking station

By: macphoto1974 - 02/12/2018
This docking station offers 2 DisplayPort ports and ethernet running from USB 3.0 I found this unit easy to setup...just download the driver and go. If you are using this with USB 2.0 you will see a noticeable performance hit to the point that I would not suggest it at all. I was able to display at a full 1080p. I dont own 4k monitors yet to really try this out. Quality was goo and this unit has a good quality feel to it. I received this in exchange for an unbiased review
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USB to Dual Display Port Docking Station Made Easy

By: Jrh12897 - 03/01/2018
I have been in the AV/IT Integration space for over 30 years. I found this unit easy to setup and use on my Microsoft devices. The easy plug-and-play setup with no drivers or external software required is a plus. The bus-powered from your laptop design, so no external power adapter is required is also a huge benefit. The unit is compatible with a variety of operating systems, which I tested. What is Included: 1 - Mini Dock 1 - Quick Start Guide Note: “I received this product in exchange for an unbiased review.”
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Excellent

By: morty - 03/15/2018
Plug and play and worked exactly as it should. I do not have 4k monitors but I did try a 1440p monitor and a 1080p monitor and both worked great. The added ethernet port is a bonus. This is ideal for someone who wants to extend their laptop into a workstation with ethernet and dual monitors. I received this product in exchange for an unbiased review.
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Easy to use dual display port solution!

By: Shawn - 03/16/2018
My current three monitor setup fully utilizes my laptop and dock available display ports. This solution allows me to add those much needed additional displays. The fact that it supports 4K when my existing dock does not is an added bonus. Additionally, being bus-powered eliminates the need to carry around yet another bulky power adapter. Disclaimer: I received this product in exchange for an unbiased review.
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Very capable mini docking station

By: Andrew11 - 03/18/2018
I am always impressed at what capabilities can be put into a small device such as this one. I did have to download drivers to make this work correctly, but I found the install process easy and non-invasive (some display drivers add things that interfere later on, it wasn’t the case here). The device itself is small enough to fit in a bag for travel, or sit on a desk and be almost invisible. Display quality is excellent and windows was able to manage all the displays easily. The Gigabit network port is always nice to have in any adapter I travel with, in case wifi is limited. I received this product in exchange for an unbiased review
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Great dock and easy to use

By: macphoto1970_111 - 12/14/2018
If you are looking for a simple to use usb dock for video this is a really great product. I found the setup of this to be very easy with a plug in and it prompted the install. No issues getting this going at all. The video display quality appeared excellent. I did find that on one occasion that after a reboot it did not detect right away but with a fast disconnect and re plug in it was working again. The build of this dock is good and it has a decent weight to try and keep cable movement down. Overall I would say this is a great product for someone who wants to add monitors via usb. I received this product in exchange for an unbiased review.
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Great for the road warrior!

By: sgto416 - 01/27/2019
If travelling to different sites this mini dock works well to use dual displayport along with a GB network port. What would be nice is if there were extra usb ports but I am not sure if this would add to the size or if the USB 3.1 port could power it all. I received this product in exchange for an unbiased review.
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