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KVM Docking Station for Two Laptops - Share Keyboard, Mouse, Dual Monitors, and Files - USB 3.0

Connect two laptops to just one dock, and share dual monitors, keyboard, mouse, peripherals, and files between both laptops

Product ID: USB3DDOCKFT

  • TAA Compliant
  • Works like a KVM switch, but with less clutter, and the added benefit of offering extra dual-monitor outputs
  • Create a dual-laptop workstation that can share up to nine devices using a range of ports, such as dual displays (DP and HDMI), five USB 3.0, Gigabit Ethernet, and headset
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  • Transfer and share data between your laptops at up to 5Gbps throughput — supports Windows and macOS 10.11 to 10.13.3
  • Supports DisplayPort plus HDMI dual video, or a single DP display at 4K Ultra HD resolutions (3840 x 2160p)
  • Always-on USB fast-charge port charges devices without a laptop connection and supports USB Battery Charging Specification 1.2
  • Universal compatibility, works with virtually all USB 3.0 equipped laptop brands
  • Side-panel 3.5mm 4-position TRRS headset port (audio plus microphone)
  • Gigabit Ethernet RJ45 Port with Wake-on-LAN (WOL) support
  • Easy-access button to switch control between laptops
  • Integrated security lock
  • Supports DisplayPort 1.2
  • Small and flat footprint provides an elevated typing surface when tucked under your laptop
  • Includes two USB 3.0 host cables
293,99 € EUR
VAT not included in the price
212+ In stock
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Overview

This TAA-compliant KVM docking station for two laptops is the first of its kind. It functions similar to a KVM switch, letting you share your keyboard, video, and mouse between two computers.

Plus, it provides dual-monitor outputs, so you can add two extra displays to your workstation, and then share them with each laptop.

This dock eliminates the frustrations of working with multiple computers. You can save money and desk space by using the same peripheral set with each computer, plus you can easily transfer files between your two laptops. It’s a simple yet ultra-efficient method for working with more than one laptop.

The dual-monitor KVM dock supports Windows® or Mac (macOS 10.11 to 10.13.3) laptops, or a combination of both. And for a faster workflow and additional convenience, this specialty docking station lets you share and exchange data between your two computers.

Dual-host laptop docking station in a modern office setting, connected to and controlling both a Windows and a Mac laptop

It's perfect for a range of users such as professionals and office workers with multiple laptops, students, and IT technicians. It’s ideal for collaboration in classrooms, labs, and boardrooms, as well as many other specialized applications.

Shared docking revolutionizes the way you work

This cutting-edge docking station is designed for users with multiple laptops or Windows based tablets. Like a KVM switch, it lets you share your peripherals between two computers, with the added benefit of offering extra monitor connections. With shared docking you can get more work done in less time and avoid the nuisance of plugging and unplugging your laptops while you’re using them both at your workstation.

When you’re in a hurry, switching control to either computer is effortless using the switch button that’s conveniently located on the side of the dock.

Docking station for two laptops connected to two hosts as well as dual monitors

You can create a dual-monitor workstation that connects with two laptops if you have DisplayPort™ and HDMI® displays, making it easy to display applications or browsers from either laptop. Alternatively the dock supports a single 4K DP monitor, for 4K x 2K (3840 x 2160p - 30Hz) cinema-quality resolution and vivid picture quality.

Maximum Supported Resolutions*

Video Output Configuration Max DisplayPort Resolution Max HDMI Resolution
DisplayPort and HDMI
(Two Displays)
2048 x 1152p 2048 x 1152p
DisplayPort
(Single Display)
3840 x 2160p (4K) N/A
HDMI
(Single Display)
N/A 2560 x 1440p

*Lower resolutions are also supported. For example, if the max is 3840 x 2160p (4K), it also supports 2560 x 1600p and 2560 x 1440p.

Plenty of ports gives you everything you need

In addition to connecting two laptops, this full-featured KVM dock lets you connect up to nine peripherals, and provides all the ports you need. And, with five USB 3.0 ports you can connect more USB devices than most docking stations allow. Plus, every port can be easily shared between each connected laptop.

It’s easy to charge your mobile device quickly using the always-on fast-charge port. With several USB 3.0 ports, Gigabit Ethernet, and a headset jack, you can connect multiple peripherals and control them from either laptop.

Unlike some docks, this easy-to-use docking station offers seamless, error-free driver installation which makes it easy to create a dynamic and high-performance workstation.

Dual-laptop docking station fast-charging a tablet from the side USB fast-charge port

Direct file sharing between laptops makes life easier

For an uninterrupted workflow and streamlined convenience this dock integrates file sharing capabilities. Laptop-to-laptop file sharing is faster, more secure, and easier to use than cloud or external storage solutions, plus, you can skip the aggravation of configuring your network to support file sharing.

Using Windows Easy Transfer, or the included PCLinq software, you can easily create files and presentations on your primary laptop, and quickly transfer them to your portable Ultrabook™, MacBook, or tablet. Plus, with two laptops connected to just one dock, the file sharing dock makes it easy to collaborate with colleagues or classmates.

A photo showing students in computer lab and classroom setting. The dual-host laptop docking is perfect for education and collaboration

The built-in file transfer software is easy to use and data transfers are lightning quick, using USB 3.0 technology. (USB 3.0 is also known as USB 3.1 Gen 1 - 5Gbps.)

The unique file exchange technology creates endless application possibilities, and the dock especially caters to developers, as well as network and systems administrators.

Dual-host laptop docking station connected to a Windows and a Mac laptop, and transferring files between them

Universally supported

Unlike some proprietary docking stations designed only to work with specific laptop models, this universal laptop dock works with multiple brands. All you need is your laptop’s USB 3.0 port and you can be up and running quickly. With universal support, you can use this dock with different laptops now, or in the future.

The USB3DDOCKFT is backed by a StarTech.com 3-year warranty and free lifetime technical support.

Note: PCLinq can be used in any operating system that the dock supports. Windows Easy Transfer can only be used in Windows 8.1, 8, and 7.

Applications

Save money, time, and space by using just one workstation for two computers — just like a KVM switch, but with less cable clutter

Deploy in classrooms, computer labs, boardrooms, and other areas where one workstation is used by multiple users or multiple laptops

Expand the connectivity of your laptop — compatible with Ultrabook, MacBook, Microsoft® Surface™ Pro 3, Lenovo® Yoga, and other Windows based tablets

Ideal for users with multiple devices such as software and hardware developers, programmers, IT administrators

Technical Specifications

Warranty Information
Warranty 3 Years
Hardware
4K Support Yes
Bus Type USB 3.0
Chipset ID DisplayLink - DL-5900
VIA/VLI - VL812
Displays Supported 2
Fast-Charge Port(s) Yes
Industry Standards USB Battery Charging Specification Rev. 1.2
IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3u, IEEE 802.3ab
USB 3.0 - Backward compatible with USB 2.0/1.1
Performance
Auto MDIX Yes
Compatible Networks 10/100/1000 Mbps
Full Duplex Support Yes
Maximum Data Transfer Rate 5 Gbps (USB 3.0)
2 Gbps (Ethernet; Full-Duplex)
Maximum Digital Resolutions 3840 x 2160 @ 30Hz (DisplayPort - Single Display)

2560 x 1440 (HDMI - Single Display)

2048 x 1152 and 2048 x 1152 (DisplayPort and HDMI - Two Displays)

Lower resolutions are also supported. For example, if the max is 3840 x 2160p (4K), it also supports 2560 x 1600p and 2560 x 1440p.
Type and Rate USB 3.0 - 5 Gbit/s
UASP Support Yes
Connector(s)
Connector Type(s) 1 - DisplayPort (20 pin) Female
1 - HDMI (19 pin) Female
1 - USB 3.0 A (Fast-Charge, 9 pin, SuperSpeed) Female
4 - USB Type-A (9 pin) USB 3.0 Female
1 - RJ-45 Female
1 - 3.5 mm Mini-Jack (4 Position) Female
2 - USB Type-B (9 pin) USB 3.0 Female
1 - Security Lock Slot Female
Software
OS Compatibility Windows® 7, 8, 8.1, 10
Mac OS® 10.8 to 10.13.3
Chrome OS v55+
Special Notes / Requirements
Note A 4K-capable DisplayPort display is required to achieve 4Kx2K resolutions
If connected to a USB 2.0 host port, or if using a USB 2.0 host connection cable, performance may be limited (USB 3.0 host cables included)
USB 3.0 is also known as USB 3.1 Gen 1; this connectivity standard offers speeds up to 5Gbps
Extended displays are currently only supported with DisplayLink-based products on macOS 10.11 to 10.13.3. This may change in future versions.
PCLinq can be used in any operating system that the dock supports. Windows Easy Transfer can only be used in Windows 8.1, 8, and 7
System and Cable Requirements Two USB-enabled computers with an available USB 3.0 port on each computer (host)
Indicators
LED Indicators 1 - Link (Green)
1 - Activity (Amber)
Power
Center Tip Polarity Positive
Input Current 1.5 A
Input Voltage 100 ~ 240 AC
Output Current 6.5 A
Output Voltage 5 DC
Plug Type N
Power Consumption (In Watts) 32.5
Power Source AC Adapter Included
Environmental
Humidity 0~90% RH
Operating Temperature 0°C to 40°C (32°F to 104°F)
Storage Temperature -10°C to 80°C (14°F to 176°F)
Physical Characteristics
Color Black & Silver
Enclosure Type Plastic
Product Height 34 mm [1.3 in]
Product Length 270 mm [10.6 in]
Product Weight 372 g [13.1 oz]
Product Width 82 mm [3.2 in]
Packaging Information
Shipping (Package) Weight 1.1 kg [2.5 lb]
What's in the Box
Included in Package 1 - laptop docking station
2 - 3.3 ft [1 m] USB 3.0 host cables
1 - universal power adapter (NA/JP, EU, UK, ANZ)
1 - instruction manual

Compatibility

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Windows® 7, 8, 8.1, 10
Mac OS® 10.8 to 10.13.3
Chrome OS v55+

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Frequently Asked Questions

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.

Installation

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

If the display connected through your USB display adapter does not wake up 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 8 / 10

  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 display adapter 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 display adapter 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 display adapter after applying these settings to re-establish the connection.

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.

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.