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Travel Docking Station for Laptops - HDMI or VGA - USB 3.0

Create a mobile workstation using your Ultrabook™ or laptop USB 3.0 port via this portable USB 3.0 mini dock

Product ID: USB3SMDOCKHV

  • HDMI® or VGA video output, USB 3.0 hub port, and GbE through just a single USB 3.0 connection
  • Compact and lightweight - multiple connection options in a travel-friendly casing designed for maximum portability
  • Built-in USB 3.0 cable, which can be tucked away neatly while not in use
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  • USB bus-powered - No external power adapter required
  • Hassle-free setup - Latest drivers are automatically downloaded in Windows® systems when an active network connection is present
  • Gigabit Ethernet RJ45 port - IEEE 802.3, 802.3u and 802.3ab (10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, and 1000BASE-T) compatible
  • SuperSpeed USB 3.0 (5 Gbps) interface, backward compatible with USB 2.0
  • Support for resolutions up to 2048x1152 (QWXGA)
  • Compatible with USB-enabled laptops and Windows based tablets, such as the Microsoft Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book
  • Choose between Mirrored, Extended or Primary display configurations
£113.99 GBP exc VAT
£136.79 GBP inc VAT
235+ In stock
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Overview

The travel docking station for laptops lets you transform your laptop or Ultrabook™ into a mobile workstation. It adds HDMI® or VGA video output, a USB 3.0 hub port, and a Gigabit Ethernet RJ45 port, through a single USB 3.0 host connection. The travel-friendly dock helps you overcome the port limitations of modern mobile computers, making it ideal for your laptop, Microsoft Surface™ Pro 4, Surface Pro 3, Surface 3, Surface Pro 2 or Surface Book.

Now, you can avoid the nuisance of carrying multiple adapters. By consolidating four essential connection ports into one convenient device, the travel dock is the the perfect laptop accessory. It features a lightweight, compact design that fits nicely into your travel bag and also features an integrated host connection cable that tucks neatly into the docking stations casing.

A versatile solution for connecting an additional display to your laptop, the travel docking station offers HDMI video output with audio, or VGA video output, providing two popular interfaces for connecting a television, projector, or monitor as a second display, with support for resolutions up to 2048x1152 (QWXGA). Leveraging the high-bandwidth (5Gbps) USB 3.0 interface to deliver flexible video output, a USB 3.0 hub port, and Gigabit Ethernet, you can quickly set up a multi-functional workstation while on the run, without sacrificing one of your laptop USB ports.

Setup is seamless and hassle-free; the travel dock will automatically download the latest driver when connected to a Windows® system with an active network connection.

The USB3SMDOCKHV is backed by a StarTech.com 3-year warranty and free lifetime technical support.

The StarTech.com Advantage

  • Consolidates several connection ports into a single, multi-function adapter, including flexible HDMI or VGA output plus a USB 3.0 and Gigabit Ethernet port
  • Portable and travel-friendly design that lets you take the adapter anywhere, with a built-in cable and no external power required
  • Fast, hassle-free setup. Latest drivers are automatically downloaded in Windows® systems when an active network connection is present

Applications

Work from your Ultrabook or laptop easily, while you’re on the run or on the road, by adding essential connectivity options

Use your Ultrabook or laptop as a multi-display workstation, through external monitor support, and run multiple applications on different screens

Use an HDMI port-equipped television in a hotel room as a second display when traveling

Add an extra display as well as wired Gigabit network access to your slimline laptop, while keeping your USB 3.0 port available for other connections

Connect to your HDMI or VGA-equipped projector and display multimedia content at home, or engaging presentations in boardrooms

Connect your laptop to a wired Gigabit network in situations where a WiFi connection isn't available, such as in classrooms, offices, and hotels

Technical Specifications

Warranty Information
Warranty 3 Years
Hardware
4K Support No
Bus Type USB 3.0
Chipset ID DisplayLink - DL-3700
Displays Supported 1
Fast-Charge Port(s) No
Industry Standards IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3u, IEEE 802.3ab
USB 3.0 - Hub port supports USB 2.0/1.1 backward-compatibility
Performance
Auto MDIX Yes
Compatible Networks 10/100/1000 Mbps
Full Duplex Support Yes
Maximum Analog Resolutions 2048x1152 (VGA)
Maximum Data Transfer Rate 5 Gbps (USB 3.0)
2 Gbps (Ethernet; Full-Duplex)
Maximum Digital Resolutions 2048x1152 (HDMI)
Type and Rate USB 3.0 - 5 Gbit/s
UASP Support Yes
Connector(s)
Connector Type(s) 1 - USB Type-A (9 pin) USB 3.0 Male
1 - HDMI (19 pin) Female
1 - VGA (15 pin, High Density D-Sub) Female
1 - RJ-45 Female
1 - USB Type-A (9 pin) USB 3.0 Female
Software
OS Compatibility Windows® XP SP3 (32-bit), Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 10
Mac OS® 10.6 to 10.13.3
Special Notes / Requirements
Note Only a single video output can be used at one time, HDMI® or VGA. If a display is connected to each video output port at the same time, then the HDMI® port will take priority
Extended displays are currently only supported with DisplayLink-based products on macOS 10.11 to 10.13.3. This may change in future versions.
System and Cable Requirements USB enabled computer system with available USB 3.0 port
Indicators
LED Indicators 1 - Link (Green)
1 - Activity (Yellow)
Power
Power Source USB-Powered
Environmental
Humidity 90% RH
Operating Temperature 0°C to 40°C (32°F to 104°F)
Storage Temperature -20°C to 70°C (-4°F to 158°F)
Physical Characteristics
Cable Length 93 mm [3.7 in]
Color Black
Enclosure Type Plastic
Product Height 17 mm [0.7 in]
Product Length 125 mm [4.9 in]
Product Weight 80 g [2.8 oz]
Product Width 55 mm [2.2 in]
Packaging Information
Shipping (Package) Weight 190 g [6.7 oz]
What's in the Box
Included in Package 1 - USB 3.0 Mini Docking Station
1 - Driver CD
1 - Instruction Manual

Compatibility

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Windows® XP SP3 (32-bit), Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 10
Mac OS® 10.6 to 10.13.3

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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

Note: Do not physically connect the USB laptop docking station to your computer until you are instructed to (Step 6).

  1. Download the latest drivers from the StarTech.com website (http://www.startech.com/Support). You can find the part number and product ID on the product’s packaging.

    Note: Windows will typically save the files to the Downloads folder associated with your user account (for example, C:\Users\your_name\Downloads).
     
  2. Once the download is complete, extract the files from the zip folder. Right-click the DisplayLink.zip or DisplayLinkDock.zip file, select Extract All and follow the on-screen instructions.
  3. Select the appropriate folder for your operating system.
  4. Right-click Setup.exe. 
  5. Click Run as Administrator.

    Note: If the Run as Administrator option is not available, you may be attempting to run the installer from within the zipped file. Please extract the files using the instructions in Step 2.
     
  6. Follow the on-screen prompts to install the device drivers and software. Restart the computer either when prompted, or when the installer disappears.
  7. Connect any video cables from your display(s) to the video port(s) on the docking station. 
  8. Once Windows has restarted, connect the docking station to your computer.
  9. Your computer will automatically complete the driver installation.

Note: Installation may take several seconds to complete. During the installation your display might flicker. This is normal.  Once the installation is complete you will see your Windows desktop extended to the additional monitor(s).

Note: Do not physically connect the USB laptop docking station to your computer until instructed to (Step 6).

  1. Log in to the computer as the local administrator.
  2. Download the latest drivers from the StarTech.com website (http://www.startech.com/Support). You can find the part number and product ID on the product’s packaging.

    Note: Windows typically saves the files to the Downloads folder associated with your user account (for example, C:\Users\your_name\Downloads.
     
  3. Once the download is complete, extract the files from the zip file. (Right-click the DisplayLink.zip file, select Extract All and follow the on-screen instructions.)
  4. Select the appropriate folder for your operating system.
  5. Double-click Setup.exe.
  6. Follow the on-screen prompts to install the device drivers and software. Restart the computer either when prompted, or when the installer disappears.
  7. Once Windows has restarted, connect the USB laptop docking station to your computer.
  8. Your computer will automatically complete the driver installation.

Note: Installation may take several seconds to complete. During the installation your display may flicker. This is normal. Once the installation has completed you will see your Windows desktop extended to the additional monitor.

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.
Travel Docking Station for Laptops - HDMI or VGA - USB 3.0

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