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Community Article Docking Station — Micro Center Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker {$smarty.capture.menu} Activity Categories Discussions Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker Home › Help Choosing Parts Docking Station PoliPuter ✭ September 2021 in Help Choosing Parts Hi there! Having trouble targeting a docking station for a new home office set up. Have three laptops (all different OEMs), all with 3.0 USB and USB-C port options. Have two Asus monitors with HDMI, DVI and DisplayPort ports/options. Looking for extended monitor capability across the two monitors. Ideally, would have passthrough charging capabilities to avoid having to worry about the chargers, and an on/off toggle on the station as to avoid opening the laptop every time. Currently use HP USBC Dock G4 at work and I like that; however, all work products are HP, so compatibility is uniform and not a worry. Welcome thoughts and advice. Thanks! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Best Answer Ian admin September 2021 Answer ✓ Thank you for the information. I am not aware of any docking stations with a power / wake up button, but you could wake the PC up from sleep with a mouse etc. plugged into the docking station. I would look over the following options, they should meet your other requests with some minor differences between each model: https://www.microcenter.com/product/639565/iogear-usb-c-ultra-slim-docking-station-with-power-delivery-pass-thru-delivery https://www.microcenter.com/product/618573/manhattan-usb-c-11-in-1-triple-monitor-docking-station-with-mst https://www.microcenter.com/product/483723/iogear-compact-usb-c-docking-station-with-pd-pass-thru 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Answers Ian admin September 2021 Greetings, which Micro Center store would you be nearest to? I would just like to make sure when we are making our recommendations they have the items available. 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook PoliPuter ✭ September 2021 Thank you!  I'm in the Washington, DC area.  Rockville, MD or Fairfax, VA would work fine.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook PoliPuter ✭ September 2021 Thank you!  Appreciate the recommendations!  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Ian admin September 2021 https://community.microcenter.com/discussion/comment/36356#Comment_36356 You're welcome, please let us know if you have any other questions. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook PoliPuter ✭ September 2021 Hi there. One additional question.   Picked up the Manhattan dock. But noting it has no USBC power source/adapter. On other docks, I could use my laptop charger, but that isn't an option here due to incompatible adapter connection.   Any recommendation for a USB C plug to power the dock, that won't fry laptops?   Thanks! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Ian admin October 2021 https://community.microcenter.com/discussion/comment/36438#Comment_36438 Perhaps I misunderstood the specs when I was viewing this item, to clarify it's making you use the USB-C port on the docking station directly to charge? If so you should be able to use a USB-C to USB-C cable to do that. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook JoshuaPK Rural Ohio ✭ October 2021 I know it's a month later, but one thing to keep in mind is that there are laptops with USB-C ports that do NOT use Power Delivery. If your laptop has a proprietary barrel jack (or some other power connector) chances are you're not going to be able to use it with a USB-C power delivery brick. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook PoliPuter ✭ October 2021 Thanks for the thoughts everyone! And apologies for the slow reply - have been on travel. Update: I was able to use the USB-C power adapter for the laptop to create the power inflow for the docking station, so the pass through power charging was good. I was also able to get the displays working fine too, so was finally getting somewhere The second challenge I ran into was the SD drive was being rejected by government security protocols (no peripheral storage allowed on those systems). I had to return to the Manhattan Dock. I tried a Kensington simple docking station, but could not get the displays to work. Its a shame - the two monitors I bought from Microcenter https://www.microcenter.com/product/632681/asus-vg248qez-24-fhd-(1920-x-1080)-144hz-hdmi-dp-dvi-d-3d-vision-ready-led-gaming-monitor do not allow me to recreate my current in-office set up, at the home office (simple display port daisy chain) . So, back to square one. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 7.9K All Categories 1.2K The Blog 59 What's Trending 15 Past News and Updates 185 How to & Technical Guides 13 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking 2 Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 20 3D Printers 20 Maker 32 PC Build Guides 120 Reviews & Buying Guides 55 Build Showcase 27 Contests 48 Past Contests 1.6K The Community 1.9K General Discussion 106 New Members 245 Consumer Tech 67 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 100 Software 8 Audio/Visual 27 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 3 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 22 Hobby Boards & Projects 33 3D Printing 68 Retro Arcade/Gaming 92 All Other Tech 1.6K Store Information and Policy 77 Off Topic 16 Community Ideas & Feedback 120 Your Completed Builds 2.9K Build-Your-Own PC 1.9K Help Choosing Parts 251 Graphics Cards 200 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 73 Cases and Power Supplies 23 Air and Liquid Cooling 26 Monitors and Displays 33 Peripherals 19 All Other Parts 28 Featured Categories We love seeing what our customers build Submit photos and a description of your PC to our build showcase Submit Now Looking for a little inspiration? 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You would be looking for a dual-video (or triple video) docking station. Does your laptop happen to have a USB-C port on it?  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 7.9K All Categories 1.2K The Blog 59 What's Trending 15 Past News and Updates 185 How to & Technical Guides 13 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking 2 Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 20 3D Printers 20 Maker 32 PC Build Guides 120 Reviews & Buying Guides 55 Build Showcase 27 Contests 48 Past Contests 1.6K The Community 1.9K General Discussion 106 New Members 245 Consumer Tech 67 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 100 Software 8 Audio/Visual 27 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 3 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 22 Hobby Boards & Projects 33 3D Printing 68 Retro Arcade/Gaming 92 All Other Tech 1.6K Store Information and Policy 77 Off Topic 16 Community Ideas & Feedback 120 Your Completed Builds 2.9K Build-Your-Own PC 1.9K Help Choosing Parts 251 Graphics Cards 200 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 73 Cases and Power Supplies 23 Air and Liquid Cooling 26 Monitors and Displays 33 Peripherals 19 All Other Parts 28 Featured Categories We love seeing what our customers build Submit photos and a description of your PC to our build showcase Submit Now Looking for a little inspiration? 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One monitor connects via HDMI and the other via VGA, but I do have a VGA to HDMI adapter as well as an HDMI to USB adapter. The main problem I'm running into is that I would also like the docking station to charge my laptop, and the ones I've found only seem to do so via USB-C. My laptop is a bit old (Lenovo Ideapad 510S) and does not have a USB-C port. It charges via a DC power port. Is there anything out there that will fit the bill? Or (and I think the answer is no), is there a USB-C to something adapter that will allow the docking stations I've found to connect to and charge my laptop? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments Ian admin September 2021 Greetings, after researching your model, you would be able to get a dual-video docking station but it wouldn't be able to charge your system. There wouldn't be a way to configure that with a docking station for your PC unfortunately. Something like https://www.microcenter.com/product/416056/kensington-superspeed-usb-30-docking-station-with-dual-dvi-hdmi-vga-video?ob=1 would plug in via regular USB, has HDMI and VGA available. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook RyanWatson Store Associate September 2021 Hello, Unfortunately there isn't a way to make a DC power connection on a laptop charge via USB-C. This is my go to docking station: https://www.microcenter.com/product/431489/iogear-usb-30-universal-docking-station This dock also includes a DVI to VGA adapter so it'll work with your VGA monitor without an issue. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 7.9K All Categories 1.2K The Blog 59 What's Trending 15 Past News and Updates 185 How to & Technical Guides 13 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking 2 Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 20 3D Printers 20 Maker 32 PC Build Guides 120 Reviews & Buying Guides 55 Build Showcase 27 Contests 48 Past Contests 1.6K The Community 1.9K General Discussion 106 New Members 245 Consumer Tech 67 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 100 Software 8 Audio/Visual 27 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 3 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 22 Hobby Boards & Projects 33 3D Printing 68 Retro Arcade/Gaming 92 All Other Tech 1.6K Store Information and Policy 77 Off Topic 16 Community Ideas & Feedback 120 Your Completed Builds 2.9K Build-Your-Own PC 1.9K Help Choosing Parts 251 Graphics Cards 200 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 73 Cases and Power Supplies 23 Air and Liquid Cooling 26 Monitors and Displays 33 Peripherals 19 All Other Parts 28 Featured Categories We love seeing what our customers build Submit photos and a description of your PC to our build showcase Submit Now Looking for a little inspiration? See other custom PC builds and get some ideas for what can be done View Build Showcase View builds by: AMD Processors Intel Processors RTX 3090 RTX 3080 RTX 2080 Ti RTX 2080 Super RTX 2070 Super RTX 2070 RTX 2060 Super Radeon RX 5700XT Radeon RX 5700 Air Cooled Liquid Cooled SAME DAY CUSTOM BUILD SERVICE If You Can Dream it, We Can Build it. Services starting at $149.99 More Details Micro Center Homepage Desktops Laptops Computer Parts Computer Accessories Custom PC Builder Build Showcase Networking Electronics 3D Printing Service, Upgrades & Repairs Laptop Battery Replacement Laptop Screen Repair Virus and Malware Removal Hard Drive Recovery and Backup Apple MacBook Repair Custom Built PCs Schedule an Appointment © Vanilla Foundation Theme 2022 Powered By Vanilla Community Article Can a docking station drive two monitors in extended mode with one connection to the docking station — Micro Center Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker {$smarty.capture.menu} Activity Categories Discussions Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker Home › General Discussion Can a docking station drive two monitors in extended mode with one connection to the docking station Scott5432 ✭ July 2021 in General Discussion I am looking for a docking station for two laptops and an older (early 2014) macbook air. I have keyboards, mouse, two monitors, web cams, printer and ethernet i am looking to connect to each one. Laptops have the following ports: Macbook air Two USB 3 ports (up to 5 Gbps) Thunderbolt port (up to 10 Gbps) one HDMI ASUS Laptop 2 x USB SuperSpeed Type-A, 1 x USB 3.1 Type-C, 1 x HDMI, HP LAPTOP 1 x USB A 3.1 Gen 1, 1 x USB 3.0 Type-C, (3.1 gen 1) 1 x HDMI, I tried to connect with a usb C to HDMI cable but had to get an adapter for the extended view to work. No DP Alt Mode(?) I could only connect one monitor to the adapter and the other directly to HDMI port because it lacked DP Alt mode. Will a docking station support two additional monitors in extend mode with any of these connections if i don't have the alt mode? I only want one cable to the laptop. Thank You 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Answers MCMel admin July 2021 Hello @Scott5432 ! Which store location are you shopping at? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Scott5432 ✭ July 2021 Online. closest store is Cambridge, MA which is about 40 minutes. I was looking at the inland or iogear. Belkin seems to sold out. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Ian admin July 2021 Which connection types (HDMI, DIsplayPort etc.) are on your monitors that you were looking to connect? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSMikeW admin July 2021 @Scott5432 I'd suggest this: https://www.microcenter.com/product/438998/dell-usb-30-triple-display-ultrahd-universal-dock-d3100 It's USB 3.0 type A to the system, which all of your systems would be compatible with. The Dell driver won't work with Mac OSX but it's just a DisplayLink device. Get the driver for your Mac here: https://www.displaylink.com/downloads/macos Should work just fine., Up to three monitors at 4K. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Scott5432 ✭ July 2021 Great thanks. I'll go pick one up. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Ian admin July 2021 https://community.microcenter.com/discussion/comment/34170#Comment_34170 Please let us know if you have any other questions 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 7.9K All Categories 1.2K The Blog 59 What's Trending 15 Past News and Updates 185 How to & Technical Guides 13 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking 2 Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 20 3D Printers 20 Maker 32 PC Build Guides 120 Reviews & Buying Guides 55 Build Showcase 27 Contests 48 Past Contests 1.6K The Community 1.9K General Discussion 106 New Members 245 Consumer Tech 67 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 100 Software 8 Audio/Visual 27 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 3 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 22 Hobby Boards & Projects 33 3D Printing 68 Retro Arcade/Gaming 92 All Other Tech 1.6K Store Information and Policy 77 Off Topic 16 Community Ideas & Feedback 120 Your Completed Builds 2.9K Build-Your-Own PC 1.9K Help Choosing Parts 251 Graphics Cards 200 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 73 Cases and Power Supplies 23 Air and Liquid Cooling 26 Monitors and Displays 33 Peripherals 19 All Other Parts 28 Featured Categories We love seeing what our customers build Submit photos and a description of your PC to our build showcase Submit Now Looking for a little inspiration? See other custom PC builds and get some ideas for what can be done View Build Showcase View builds by: AMD Processors Intel Processors RTX 3090 RTX 3080 RTX 2080 Ti RTX 2080 Super RTX 2070 Super RTX 2070 RTX 2060 Super Radeon RX 5700XT Radeon RX 5700 Air Cooled Liquid Cooled SAME DAY CUSTOM BUILD SERVICE If You Can Dream it, We Can Build it. Services starting at $149.99 More Details Micro Center Homepage Desktops Laptops Computer Parts Computer Accessories Custom PC Builder Build Showcase Networking Electronics 3D Printing Service, Upgrades & Repairs Laptop Battery Replacement Laptop Screen Repair Virus and Malware Removal Hard Drive Recovery and Backup Apple MacBook Repair Custom Built PCs Schedule an Appointment © Vanilla Foundation Theme 2022 Powered By Vanilla Community Article KVM switch or docking station? — Micro Center Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker {$smarty.capture.menu} Activity Categories Discussions Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker Home › Help Choosing Parts KVM switch or docking station? TuruTheTerrible ✭ June 2020 in Help Choosing Parts Need to run a work laptop & a home pc via the same keyboard, monitor, & mouse for teleworking. I do not have permissions to load software or exotic drivers on the work laptop, a dell latitude 2 in 17350 tablet w/ keyboard. The home desktop is a 7 year old dell XP’s 8700. Both are Win10. I have a variety of hdmi, usb 3.0, & vga connectors in the various devices I’d like to string together so I could (rather) effortlessly switch between the 2 systems. I’ve not used a KVM or a docking system before & I wasn’t sure which is the ideal solution. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Answers TSMikeW admin June 2020 For what you're trying to do the KVM with the appropriate video input/outputs would be the best solution. A dock is more meant to add functionality to a laptop. And unless you have USB C with DP Alt mode, you would be required to install software for the dock, which would be a problem. KVM is meant to switch your peripherals between the two systems with the press of a button. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 7.9K All Categories 1.2K The Blog 59 What's Trending 15 Past News and Updates 185 How to & Technical Guides 13 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking 2 Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 20 3D Printers 20 Maker 32 PC Build Guides 120 Reviews & Buying Guides 55 Build Showcase 27 Contests 48 Past Contests 1.6K The Community 1.9K General Discussion 106 New Members 245 Consumer Tech 67 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 100 Software 8 Audio/Visual 27 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 3 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 22 Hobby Boards & Projects 33 3D Printing 68 Retro Arcade/Gaming 92 All Other Tech 1.6K Store Information and Policy 77 Off Topic 16 Community Ideas & Feedback 120 Your Completed Builds 2.9K Build-Your-Own PC 1.9K Help Choosing Parts 251 Graphics Cards 200 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 73 Cases and Power Supplies 23 Air and Liquid Cooling 26 Monitors and Displays 33 Peripherals 19 All Other Parts 28 Featured Categories We love seeing what our customers build Submit photos and a description of your PC to our build showcase Submit Now Looking for a little inspiration? See other custom PC builds and get some ideas for what can be done View Build Showcase View builds by: AMD Processors Intel Processors RTX 3090 RTX 3080 RTX 2080 Ti RTX 2080 Super RTX 2070 Super RTX 2070 RTX 2060 Super Radeon RX 5700XT Radeon RX 5700 Air Cooled Liquid Cooled SAME DAY CUSTOM BUILD SERVICE If You Can Dream it, We Can Build it. Services starting at $149.99 More Details Micro Center Homepage Desktops Laptops Computer Parts Computer Accessories Custom PC Builder Build Showcase Networking Electronics 3D Printing Service, Upgrades & Repairs Laptop Battery Replacement Laptop Screen Repair Virus and Malware Removal Hard Drive Recovery and Backup Apple MacBook Repair Custom Built PCs Schedule an Appointment © Vanilla Foundation Theme 2022 Powered By Vanilla Community Article Type C Cable for Docking station — Micro Center Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker {$smarty.capture.menu} Activity Categories Discussions Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker Home › General Discussion Type C Cable for Docking station NekeB ✭ June 2020 edited June 2021 in General Discussion I recently bought a Targus USB Type C docking station.  it came with a very short  usb type C cable.  I need one that is longer.  However, the ones that I have that are mostly used for charging my devices, work for the mouse and keyboard, but not for the monitor.  I thought they were all created equal, but clearly they are not.  Can someone help with the specs required for the USB type C cable that would work?  I need to connect a mouse, keyboard, external camera and monitor to my laptop.  Thanks in advance! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments TS_BryantA admin June 2020 @NekeB Good morning and welcome to the Micro Center Community! Thank you for sending us your questions regarding compatible cables. For many docking stations that plug by USB-C, you may need to purchase a Thunderbolt 3 cable which uses the USB-C type connection port. Below is a link to one of these cables. https://www.microcenter.com/product/502119/j5create-33-thunderbolt-3-(usb-c)-cable To better assist, what model of Targus Docking stations was purchased? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 7.9K All Categories 1.2K The Blog 59 What's Trending 15 Past News and Updates 185 How to & Technical Guides 13 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking 2 Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 20 3D Printers 20 Maker 32 PC Build Guides 120 Reviews & Buying Guides 55 Build Showcase 27 Contests 48 Past Contests 1.6K The Community 1.9K General Discussion 106 New Members 245 Consumer Tech 67 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 100 Software 8 Audio/Visual 27 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 3 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 22 Hobby Boards & Projects 33 3D Printing 68 Retro Arcade/Gaming 92 All Other Tech 1.6K Store Information and Policy 77 Off Topic 16 Community Ideas & Feedback 120 Your Completed Builds 2.9K Build-Your-Own PC 1.9K Help Choosing Parts 251 Graphics Cards 200 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 73 Cases and Power Supplies 23 Air and Liquid Cooling 26 Monitors and Displays 33 Peripherals 19 All Other Parts 28 Featured Categories We love seeing what our customers build Submit photos and a description of your PC to our build showcase Submit Now Looking for a little inspiration? See other custom PC builds and get some ideas for what can be done View Build Showcase View builds by: AMD Processors Intel Processors RTX 3090 RTX 3080 RTX 2080 Ti RTX 2080 Super RTX 2070 Super RTX 2070 RTX 2060 Super Radeon RX 5700XT Radeon RX 5700 Air Cooled Liquid Cooled SAME DAY CUSTOM BUILD SERVICE If You Can Dream it, We Can Build it. Services starting at $149.99 More Details Micro Center Homepage Desktops Laptops Computer Parts Computer Accessories Custom PC Builder Build Showcase Networking Electronics 3D Printing Service, Upgrades & Repairs Laptop Battery Replacement Laptop Screen Repair Virus and Malware Removal Hard Drive Recovery and Backup Apple MacBook Repair Custom Built PCs Schedule an Appointment © Vanilla Foundation Theme 2022 Powered By Vanilla Community Article acer predator 300 helios docking station — Micro Center Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker {$smarty.capture.menu} Activity Categories Discussions Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker Home › General Discussion acer predator 300 helios docking station h7scott ✭ December 2020 in General Discussion looking for a dock for my acer predator 300 helios being advised by acer not to buy a usbc connector so im trying to go with a usb 3.0 connection but cant find one that states good for gaming any help? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Answers Ian admin December 2020 h7scott said: looking for a dock for my acer predator 300 helios being advised by acer not to buy a usbc connector so im trying to go with a usb 3.0 connection but cant find one that states good for gaming any help? Greetings. What ports are you looking for the docking station to have?  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook h7scott ✭ December 2020 honestly just two monitor ports would be nice if they could be hdmi but not needed maybe one hdmi and one rgb or dvi 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSTDavey admin December 2020 @h7scott Hello just chiming in. I'm not sure which store you are near, but you could go to Microcenter.com and enter in Kensington SuperSpeed 3.0 docking station or IOGear USB 3.0 Docking station. Both should have both HDMI and DVI connections along with being a usb 3.0 docking station. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 7.9K All Categories 1.2K The Blog 59 What's Trending 15 Past News and Updates 185 How to & Technical Guides 13 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking 2 Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 20 3D Printers 20 Maker 32 PC Build Guides 120 Reviews & Buying Guides 55 Build Showcase 27 Contests 48 Past Contests 1.6K The Community 1.9K General Discussion 106 New Members 245 Consumer Tech 67 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 100 Software 8 Audio/Visual 27 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 3 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 22 Hobby Boards & Projects 33 3D Printing 68 Retro Arcade/Gaming 92 All Other Tech 1.6K Store Information and Policy 77 Off Topic 16 Community Ideas & Feedback 120 Your Completed Builds 2.9K Build-Your-Own PC 1.9K Help Choosing Parts 251 Graphics Cards 200 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 73 Cases and Power Supplies 23 Air and Liquid Cooling 26 Monitors and Displays 33 Peripherals 19 All Other Parts 28 Featured Categories We love seeing what our customers build Submit photos and a description of your PC to our build showcase Submit Now Looking for a little inspiration? See other custom PC builds and get some ideas for what can be done View Build Showcase View builds by: AMD Processors Intel Processors RTX 3090 RTX 3080 RTX 2080 Ti RTX 2080 Super RTX 2070 Super RTX 2070 RTX 2060 Super Radeon RX 5700XT Radeon RX 5700 Air Cooled Liquid Cooled SAME DAY CUSTOM BUILD SERVICE If You Can Dream it, We Can Build it. Services starting at $149.99 More Details Micro Center Homepage Desktops Laptops Computer Parts Computer Accessories Custom PC Builder Build Showcase Networking Electronics 3D Printing Service, Upgrades & Repairs Laptop Battery Replacement Laptop Screen Repair Virus and Malware Removal Hard Drive Recovery and Backup Apple MacBook Repair Custom Built PCs Schedule an Appointment © Vanilla Foundation Theme 2022 Powered By Vanilla Community Article Docking Station for USBC 3.1 gen 1 — Micro Center Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker {$smarty.capture.menu} Activity Categories Discussions Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker Home › General Discussion Docking Station for USBC 3.1 gen 1 AC1 ✭ October 2020 edited June 2021 in General Discussion Are there any docking stations with 2 HDMI inputs for this type of connection?  finding a lot with 1 hdmi but if i that will the HDMI input on the laptop work as well? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments TSPhillipT admin October 2020 Hello @AC1 You can use the HDMI port on your laptop as well as the one on a docking station.  I do think it is strange that a lot of the docking stations only have the ports for one HDMI, but they do exist... just on higher end and more expensive docking stations.   0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 7.9K All Categories 1.2K The Blog 59 What's Trending 15 Past News and Updates 185 How to & Technical Guides 13 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking 2 Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 20 3D Printers 20 Maker 32 PC Build Guides 120 Reviews & Buying Guides 55 Build Showcase 27 Contests 48 Past Contests 1.6K The Community 1.9K General Discussion 106 New Members 245 Consumer Tech 67 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 100 Software 8 Audio/Visual 27 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 3 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 22 Hobby Boards & Projects 33 3D Printing 68 Retro Arcade/Gaming 92 All Other Tech 1.6K Store Information and Policy 77 Off Topic 16 Community Ideas & Feedback 120 Your Completed Builds 2.9K Build-Your-Own PC 1.9K Help Choosing Parts 251 Graphics Cards 200 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 73 Cases and Power Supplies 23 Air and Liquid Cooling 26 Monitors and Displays 33 Peripherals 19 All Other Parts 28 Featured Categories We love seeing what our customers build Submit photos and a description of your PC to our build showcase Submit Now Looking for a little inspiration? See other custom PC builds and get some ideas for what can be done View Build Showcase View builds by: AMD Processors Intel Processors RTX 3090 RTX 3080 RTX 2080 Ti RTX 2080 Super RTX 2070 Super RTX 2070 RTX 2060 Super Radeon RX 5700XT Radeon RX 5700 Air Cooled Liquid Cooled SAME DAY CUSTOM BUILD SERVICE If You Can Dream it, We Can Build it. Services starting at $149.99 More Details Micro Center Homepage Desktops Laptops Computer Parts Computer Accessories Custom PC Builder Build Showcase Networking Electronics 3D Printing Service, Upgrades & Repairs Laptop Battery Replacement Laptop Screen Repair Virus and Malware Removal Hard Drive Recovery and Backup Apple MacBook Repair Custom Built PCs Schedule an Appointment © Vanilla Foundation Theme 2022 Powered By Vanilla Community Article I need to purchase product — Micro Center Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker {$smarty.capture.menu} Activity Categories Discussions Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker Home › General Discussion I need to purchase product marcia1 ✭ June 2020 edited June 2021 in General Discussion I have 2 needs at the moment. I need a monitor and a docking station that would work with a hp notebook. I also need a docking station to work with a inspiron 7559 signature edition laptop. can you help? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments TSTonyV admin June 2020 Hello @marcia1! Welcome to the community.  We carry a pretty wide variety of docking stations. Any of the ones that are "universal" should work with both your laptops.  https://www.microcenter.com/category/4294967252/laptop-docking-stations Some of the docking stations are USB-C, whereas some are standard USB, so make sure you double check the ports that are available on your systems and make sure they match. The USB-C docking stations won't be usable if your laptop doesn't have a USB-C port.  For monitors, again provided you have the right port, any of them will work. Just make sure the monitor has the right cable/port to match up with the docking station.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Gerri ✭ June 2020 I would like to know if you have the Logitech G29 in stock for pick up tomorrow? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook marcia1 ✭ June 2020 I am buying these for 2 different folks that I work with and am not able to check with their laptops look like. when I bot my docking station and monitors, someone just found what I needed and away we went. I have a Logitech docking station which is universal, I need a monitor - $129.00 or so and any cords that may be needed to go along with those items. can you point me in the right direction? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSTonyV admin June 2020 marcia1 said: I am buying these for 2 different folks that I work with and am not able to check with their laptops look like. when I bot my docking station and monitors, someone just found what I needed and away we went. I have a Logitech docking station which is universal, I need a monitor - $129.00 or so and any cords that may be needed to go along with those items. can you point me in the right direction? In that case, I'd go with a standard USB docking station. something like one of these:  https://www.microcenter.com/product/502135/j5create-usb30-mini-dock https://www.microcenter.com/product/431489/iogear-usb-30-universal-docking-station As for the monitor, this Dell fits your price range and comes with an HDMI cable in the box, so you wouldn't need to purchase an extra cable for it. Dell is known for making good monitors so this is probably the one I'd go with:  https://www.microcenter.com/product/611226/dell-se2417hgx-236-full-hd-75hz-hdmi-vga-freesync-led-monitor Gerri said: I would like to know if you have the Logitech G29 in stock for pick up tomorrow? Hi there! On the product page there you can actually see the current availability of the item, right under the name of the product where it lists "5 in stock at Brooklyn store." That reflects what we have available in the store, and our online stock listings are usually very accurate. If you'd like, you can always place a reservation request on an item by adding it to your cart and selecting the "reserve now" option and we'll have somebody in the store go to locate the item and put it off to the side for you.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook marcia1 ✭ June 2020 ok the docking station looks good as does the monitor. I have 2 folks who need these items and they had hoped to be able to pick them up at the store in Fairfax va. how do I accomplish that and what will they need for the pickup?  seems like I was advised to buy an additional cord -usb cord for that? thanks. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSTonyV admin June 2020 It looks like the Fairfax store is out of the monitor as well as the J5create docking station right now. An additional USB cord would not be required for the docking station, it comes with USB plug to attach to a computer.  I'd suggest this monitor as an alternative: https://www.microcenter.com/product/483999/asus-vp247qg-236-full-hd-75hz-vga-hdmi-dp-freesync-led-monitor  As for the pickup, you can add items to your cart and place a reservation request to have them put off to the side for you, just keep in mind that whoever picks it up has to provide their own form of payment at the time of pickup. 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A few things I noticed when I unpacked the purchased items yesterday was that I might not have the correct connect cables. Also, when I combined the elements, the KVM switch read only one computer. It did not feed that one computer to the monitor that is connected to the docking stations. The set up right now is that monitor is connected to the docking station with the HDMI cable, the docking station USB-c is connected to the surface pro (because of COVID Look down) I do not have the surface pro docking station. The wireless keyboard and mouse are connected to the docking station that allows me to type on the surface.   This is where I am lost – the KVM switch has two USB-c ports in the back for two computers and a third USB-c port for the power, with three USB-b ports in the front with an additional USB-c port in the front also. The docking station has two USB-c ports in the back, one next to a VGA HDMI, ethernet port, printer port, and three USB ports with a USB-c cable. I placed the KVM switch USB-c cables into the Lenovo USB-c port and the other KVM USB-c cable into the surface pro. The KVM only registered one laptop without the monitor. I’ve read that I could connect a KVM switch to a docking station; however, I think that does the docking station have to be equipped to read two laptops? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Answers TSMikeW admin June 2020 In theory having a KVM switching two PC's between a dock should work. In practice, having a controller behind another controller usually creates it's own issues. To verify, it's a switch, so it should only detect one PC at a time. Then you'll toggle the channel and it should switch over to the second PC. Then that PC will detect the docking station and attempt to install it. This is where you can run into an issue. So first lets do this. Whenever you're using something behind a switch, I would always let the system install it first, so that it's going to recognize the device properly. This is more than likely if you install it directly then move it behind the switch, rather than trying to install it through the switch or docking station. 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If you're looking to set up multiple/external monitors on your laptop or desktop, Micro Center has you covered!

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Docking stations allow laptops that lack multiple video ports to connect to multiple monitors. Similar to USB Adapters, they connect to your laptop through a USB port or USB-C port and then provide multiple video ports to connect your monitors (along with a variety of other ports).

For docking stations, you may need to download drivers or use an installation CD to get a Docking Station to work. They also may need to be powered by another power source and aren’t always powered solely through the laptop, but that will vary by docking station model. 


Setting up a Laptop with a Docking Station


1. Check the specifications of your laptop for information regarding the number of displays it can support and the type of connections the laptop has available, such as HDMI, USB, Thunderbolt, etc.


2. Typically, there will be at least one connection available from the laptop for another display such as HDMI or VGA. You can connect your first external monitor to this connection to get a second display.


3. Now if you are looking for a third display, you will typically need a docking station to add more ports to the laptop. There are universal docking stations that will work with most systems.

4. Docking Stations may use a USB-A, USB-C or Thunderbolt to connect to your laptop. Check your laptop connections and make sure you have the proper one. 

5. Docking Stations may require you to install drivers which can be found with an included CD/DVD or can be found on the manufacturer’s website.


6. Connect the docking station to the computer. Connect the external monitors to the docking station using the available video ports on the station


7. Now, we need to set up some settings on your computer for the multiple monitors.  

Right click anywhere on your desktop on your computer and select Display settings


8. You should now be in your Display Settings and should be seeing rectangles equal to the amount of monitors you have connected. 

Next, you want to click Identify and it should show numbers on your monitors, drag the monitors with the corresponding number into the formation you have your monitors in. Then click apply when they are in the proper position. In my example, my monitor that has the number 1 is on my right side. 




9. In the case, the monitors are mirroring each other and not one combined workplace, you will want to scroll down to Multiple displays and select Extend these displays


10. One of your multiple monitors will be the “Main Monitor” where programs will open in by default and where most of your programs' shortcuts will be placed. 

Select the monitor you want as your main, it should Highlight Blue. Then scroll down to "Multiple Displays" and select Make this my main display.  



That's it, now you should have additional displays up and running. Keep in mind you can drag/arrange the monitors here in Display Settings at any time in case it is not set up to your liking.

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This article will show how to view files with the Inland Dual Bay Docking Station via a USB connection to your computer. The use of this feature for this device is very similar to an external enclosure minus the hassle of installing it.


1. Plug the docking station into the wall and turn the power on using the switch on the back. A green light will appear on the front indicating that the station is on and ready to go.



2. Install the hard drive in the first bay closest to the front of the device.


3. Plug one end of the USB cable into the computer and the end into the Dock.


4. The dock will now emit a blue light and the computer will detect the drive that is plugged in. Note: if the dock doesn’t light up blue immediately, turn the dock off and back on, and the blue light should come on.


5. Open the File Explorer icon at the bottom of the screen.


6. Open the hard drive icon that is installed in the docking station.


7. The drive's files will now be viewable to delete, save or alter files.


© Vanilla Foundation Theme 2022 Powered By Vanilla Community Article Inland SATA dual bay docking station - question — Micro Center Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker {$smarty.capture.menu} Activity Categories Discussions Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker Home › Peripherals Inland SATA dual bay docking station - question MMP ✭ July 2021 in Peripherals I had a quick question about the Inland dual-bay SATA docking station, SKU 414714. Is the supplied power source a 110-240V input supply, or is it only for US voltage 120V? Thanks for your response. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments Ian admin July 2021 https://community.microcenter.com/discussion/9088/inland-sata-dual-bay-docking-station-question Hello, it comes with an AC adapter for US voltage / outlets. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 7.9K All Categories 1.2K The Blog 59 What's Trending 15 Past News and Updates 185 How to & Technical Guides 13 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking 2 Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 20 3D Printers 20 Maker 32 PC Build Guides 120 Reviews & Buying Guides 55 Build Showcase 27 Contests 48 Past Contests 1.6K The Community 1.9K General Discussion 106 New Members 245 Consumer Tech 67 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 100 Software 8 Audio/Visual 27 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 3 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 22 Hobby Boards & Projects 33 3D Printing 68 Retro Arcade/Gaming 92 All Other Tech 1.6K Store Information and Policy 77 Off Topic 16 Community Ideas & Feedback 120 Your Completed Builds 2.9K Build-Your-Own PC 1.9K Help Choosing Parts 251 Graphics Cards 200 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 73 Cases and Power Supplies 23 Air and Liquid Cooling 26 Monitors and Displays 33 Peripherals 19 All Other Parts 28 Featured Categories We love seeing what our customers build Submit photos and a description of your PC to our build showcase Submit Now Looking for a little inspiration? 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Do you carry a docking station like that? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Answers LandShark admin November 2021 Hello @BigWill63 We do carry several docking stations, however, the connection and supported monitor count may depend on your specific Dell laptop. https://www.microcenter.com/search/search_results.aspx?Ntk=all&sortby=match&N=4294967252+4294821133&myStore=true The link above will direct you to our Dell docking stations, however we do also carry generic docking stations that support 4 monitors as well. I'd recommend visiting your local store to speak with a knowledgeable sales associate about this. You're welcome to bring your laptop with you when you shop if you'd like. You can use it to verify that it will work with the associate in the store, or we can look up the specific device with your model number! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 7.9K All Categories 1.2K The Blog 59 What's Trending 15 Past News and Updates 185 How to & Technical Guides 13 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking 2 Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 20 3D Printers 20 Maker 32 PC Build Guides 120 Reviews & Buying Guides 55 Build Showcase 27 Contests 48 Past Contests 1.6K The Community 1.9K General Discussion 106 New Members 245 Consumer Tech 67 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 100 Software 8 Audio/Visual 27 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 3 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 22 Hobby Boards & Projects 33 3D Printing 68 Retro Arcade/Gaming 92 All Other Tech 1.6K Store Information and Policy 77 Off Topic 16 Community Ideas & Feedback 120 Your Completed Builds 2.9K Build-Your-Own PC 1.9K Help Choosing Parts 251 Graphics Cards 200 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 73 Cases and Power Supplies 23 Air and Liquid Cooling 26 Monitors and Displays 33 Peripherals 19 All Other Parts 28 Featured Categories We love seeing what our customers build Submit photos and a description of your PC to our build showcase Submit Now Looking for a little inspiration? See other custom PC builds and get some ideas for what can be done View Build Showcase View builds by: AMD Processors Intel Processors RTX 3090 RTX 3080 RTX 2080 Ti RTX 2080 Super RTX 2070 Super RTX 2070 RTX 2060 Super Radeon RX 5700XT Radeon RX 5700 Air Cooled Liquid Cooled SAME DAY CUSTOM BUILD SERVICE If You Can Dream it, We Can Build it. Services starting at $149.99 More Details Micro Center Homepage Desktops Laptops Computer Parts Computer Accessories Custom PC Builder Build Showcase Networking Electronics 3D Printing Service, Upgrades & Repairs Laptop Battery Replacement Laptop Screen Repair Virus and Malware Removal Hard Drive Recovery and Backup Apple MacBook Repair Custom Built PCs Schedule an Appointment © Vanilla Foundation Theme 2022 Powered By Vanilla Community Article Dual Monitor Setups for Laptops (and Desktops) — Micro Center Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker {$smarty.capture.menu} Activity Categories Discussions Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker Home › How to & Technical Guides › Home Office Dual Monitor Setups for Laptops (and Desktops) AlexS admin August 2020 edited June 2021 in Home Office The age of pandemic is among us and has been for a while now.  And while a good handful of us have adjusted and adapted to this "new normal," some may still be wondering what they can do to improve some aspects of their life.  While we don't have all the answers to the many vast questions or problems yet, we at Micro Center would like to share some tips and guides on what you can do to ease your work or school lifestyle.  For starters, let's go with Dual Monitor Setups for Laptops and Desktops. Why do I need a second monitor?  While the choice of having a second monitor to your work or school setup is optional, being able to have multiple windows opened at once can be very advantageous and provide a level of convenience you haven't experienced before with a computer.  Depending on your work or school flow, you could have a window with research data on the left monitor and a Microsoft excel spreadsheet on the right, or you can have your Zoom session opened talking to your teach or classmates whilst taking notes on Google Docs without having to make smaller windows or continuously alt-tab back and forth between applications.  In this guide, we will provide a hefty guide on how to setup dual monitors on your laptop or desktop.  The process on setting up this nifty trick to expanding your desktop (pending if your physical computer desk or table has room for a second monitor) can be much easier than you think, and this guide should hopefully get you moving in the right direction. Please use the links below General Knowledge for Setting Up Multiple Monitors Setting up an external monitor for a Laptop Setting up external monitors using a Docking Station Using an external monitor with a closed Laptop lid Setting up Dual Monitors for Desktops - Without a Video Card Setting up Dual Monitors for Desktops - With a Video Card 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments AlexS admin August 2020 edited February 26 General Knowledge for Setting Up Multiple Monitors For every monitor you are connecting to your computer, you will need one video port for each monitor.  There are a lot of different video ports that monitors and computers can have, so you need to make sure you are able to connect them.  Here is a collection of commonly used ports. Adapters You can use adapters to convert the ports coming from your computer to match with the ports on your monitor.  Going from Digital ports (HDMI, DisplayPort) to Analog (VGA, DVI) is significantly easier for the adapter to do and cheaper because of it.  Going from Analog to Digital is more work for the adapter and are usually on the more expensive side.   Another common adapter to use is USB to any of the video ports above.  They allow you to use a USB port as a video port to connect a monitor, just make sure that you have the correct USB ports for the adapter.   DisplayPort to VGA Adapter USB-C to HDMI adapter Splitters Splitters are devices that plug into a port and provide multiple of the same port.  Although this sounds like an easy way to do multiple monitors, most splitters will mirror your display across both monitors.  There are some splitters that will extend your display to two independent displays, make sure you check if your splitter has Multi-Stream Transport (MST). VGA Splitter HDMI Splitter 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook AlexS admin August 2020 edited February 26 Setting up an external monitor for a Laptop If you plan on using the built-in monitor that came with a laptop as one of the primary displays, then you will need to connect your external monitor to a video port on the side or rear of the laptop.  These built-in ports can range from DisplayPort, HDMI, USB-C, Thunderbolt or if you have an older laptop, VGA.   The steps to accomplish this are not very difficult. 1. Determine which video port is on the side or rear of the laptop.  Once you determine the port, ensure your external monitor has matching ports or you have an adapter available so you can connect the external monitor to the laptop. 2. Connect the external monitor to the laptop using the correct video cable. 3. By default, your external monitor should get a display.  4. Now, we need to set up some settings for the multiple monitors.  Right click the desktop and select Display settings 5. In the case the monitors are mirroring each other and not one combined workplace, you will want to scroll down to Multiple displays and select Extend these displays 6. You should now be in your Display Settings and should be seeing rectangles equal to the amount of monitors you have connected.  Next, you want to click Identify and it should show numbers on your monitors, drag the monitors with the corresponding number into the formation you have your monitors in.  Then click apply when they are in the proper position.  In my example, my monitor that has the number 1 is on my right side.  7. One of your multiple monitors will be the “Main Monitor” where programs will open in by default and where most of your programs' shortcuts will be placed in.  Select the monitor you want as your main, it should Highlight Blue.  Then scroll down to Multiple Displays and select Make this my main display.   You should be all set from here! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook AlexS admin August 2020 edited August 2020 Setting up external monitors using a Docking Station Docking stations allow laptops that lack multiple video ports to connect to multiple monitors.  Similar to USB Adapters, they connect to your laptop through a USB port and then provide multiple video ports to connect your monitors.  You may need to download drivers or use an installation CD to get a Docking Station to work.  They also may need to be powered by another power source and aren’t always powered solely through the laptop.   Setting up a Laptop with a Docking Station 1. Check the specifications of your laptop for information regarding the number of displays it can support and the type of connections the laptop has available, such as HDMI, USB, Thunderbolt, etc. 2. Typically, there will be at least one connection available from the laptop for another display such as HDMI or VGA. You can connect your first external monitor to this connection to get a second display. 3. For a third display, you will typically need a docking station to add more ports to the laptop. There are universal docking stations that will work with most systems. 4. Docking Stations may use a USB-A, USB-C or Thunderbolt to connect to your laptop.  Check your laptop connections and make sure you have the proper one.  5. Docking Stations may require you to install drivers which can be found with an included CD or can be found at the manufacturer’s website 6. Connect the docking station to the computer. Connect the external monitors to the docking station using the available video ports on the station 7. Now, we need to set up some settings for the multiple monitors.  Right click the desktop and select Display settings 8. You should now be in your Display Settings and should be seeing rectangles equal to the amount of monitors you have connected.  Next, you want to click Identify and it should show numbers on your monitors, drag the monitors with the corresponding number into the formation you have your monitors in.  Then click apply when they are in the proper position.  In my example, my monitor that has the number 1 is on my right side.  9. In the case the monitors are mirroring each other and not one combined workplace, you will want to scroll down to Multiple displays and select Extend these displays 10. One of your multiple monitors will be the “Main Monitor” where programs will open in by default and where most of your programs' shortcuts will be placed in.  Select the monitor you want as your main, it should Highlight Blue.  Then scroll down to Multiple Displays and select Make this my main display.   0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook AlexS admin August 2020 How to Use External Monitors with the Laptop Lid Closed Some users may not want to have their laptop lid open when using external monitors.  We will need to prevent the laptop from entering sleep mode when closing the lid.  If you have already set up your external displays, proceed with the following directions. Type Lid into the search bar in the bottom left of your screen, select Change what closing the lid does Find the box that correlates to Plugged In and When I close the lid and change it to Do nothing.  Then click Save Changes that is at the bottom of the screen.   Go ahead and close your laptop and your monitors should still be turned on and functioning with an external keyboard and mouse! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook AlexS admin August 2020 Setting up Dual Monitors for Desktops - Without a Video Card Video Cards Your desktop may or may not have a video card inside it.  If your desktop computer does have a video card, then you NEED to use the ports of the video card to receive any video signal.  You can usually tell if there is a video card in your desktop if you see the video ports are horizontal and are usually found away from the USB Ports on the back of the computer.  You may need to add a video card if your desktop computer doesn’t have enough visual ports or non-compatible ones Desktop without a Video Card Find the Video Ports you have on the back of your Desktop, they should be close to where the USB ports are on the back.  In the example picture, this desktop has a DVI, a VGA and an HDMI port.  If you do not know which ports your desktop computer has, please check this chart.  If you see additional ports in the middle on the back of the computer, please check this guide.  Connect the Video Ports on the back of your Computer to the monitors, turn on the system and sign in.  NOTE, when at the sign in screen, only one monitor will display.  Once signed it, you should get your multiple monitors. Now, we need to set up some settings for the multiple monitors.  Right click the desktop and select Display settings You should now be in your Display Settings and should be seeing rectangles equal to the amount of monitors you have connected.  Next, you want to click Identify and it should show numbers on your monitors, drag the monitors with the corresponding number into the formation you have your monitors in.  Then click apply when they are in the proper position.  In my example, my monitor that has the number 1 is on my right side.  In the case the monitors are mirroring each other and not one combined workplace, you will want to scroll down to Multiple displays and select Extend these displays One of your multiple monitors will be the “Main Monitor” where programs will open in by default and where most of your programs' shortcuts will be placed in.  Select the monitor you want as your main, it should Highlight Blue.  Then scroll down to Multiple Displays and select Make this my main display.   0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook AlexS admin August 2020 edited August 2020 Desktop with a Video Card Find the Video Ports you have on the back of your Desktop, they should be found about halfway down the back of the computer.  In the example picture, this video card has 3 DisplayPorts and 1 HDMI Port.  If you do not know which ports your desktop computer has, please check this chart.  If you do not see any ports halfway down the back of the computer, please check this guide.  2. Connect the Video Ports on the back of your Computer to the monitors, turn on the system and sign in.  NOTE, when at the sign in screen, only one monitor will display.  Once signed it, you should get your multiple monitors. Now, we need to set up some settings for the multiple monitors.  Right click the desktop and select Display settings 3. You should now be in your Display Settings and should be seeing rectangles equal to the amount of monitors you have connected.  Next, you want to click Identify and it should show numbers on your monitors, drag the monitors with the corresponding number into the formation you have your monitors in.  Then click apply when they are in the proper position.  In my example, my monitor that has the number 1 is on my right side.  4. In the case the monitors are mirroring each other and not one combined workplace, you will want to scroll down to Multiple displays and select Extend these displays 5. One of your multiple monitors will be the “Main Monitor” where programs will defaultly open in and where most of your programs will be defaultly placed at.  Select the monitor you want as your main, it should Highlight Blue.  Then scroll down to Multiple Displays and select Make this my main display.  You should be all set! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook sdlan ✭ September 2020 edited September 2020 This is a good guide to adding an external monitor to a PC.  What is your advice on connecting an external monitor to an Apple MacBook Air?  With the Thunderbolt display no longer available from Apple, what would be some monitors to look for and what cables and accessories would be needed for this type of set up? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TS_JosephF admin September 2020 @sdlan Thanks for your feedback. You may have a Mini DisplayPort on that Macbook Air. If you do then you could easily use a mini DisplayPort to HDMI cable or adapter. If not, then you can use this Apple Type-C to HDMI adapter: https://www.microcenter.com/product/626725/apple-usb-type-c-male-to-usb-type-a-female--usb-type-c-female--hdmi-female-digital-av-multiport-adapter---white As for monitors, you would just want to look for any with an HDMI port. If you would like, I can help find one for you. Is there a specific size you are looking for? Also, how much would you be looking to spend on this?  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 7.9K All Categories 1.2K The Blog 59 What's Trending 15 Past News and Updates 185 How to & Technical Guides 13 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking 2 Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 20 3D Printers 20 Maker 32 PC Build Guides 120 Reviews & Buying Guides 55 Build Showcase 27 Contests 48 Past Contests 1.6K The Community 1.9K General Discussion 106 New Members 245 Consumer Tech 67 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 100 Software 8 Audio/Visual 27 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 3 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 22 Hobby Boards & Projects 33 3D Printing 68 Retro Arcade/Gaming 92 All Other Tech 1.6K Store Information and Policy 77 Off Topic 16 Community Ideas & Feedback 120 Your Completed Builds 2.9K Build-Your-Own PC 1.9K Help Choosing Parts 251 Graphics Cards 200 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 73 Cases and Power Supplies 23 Air and Liquid Cooling 26 Monitors and Displays 33 Peripherals 19 All Other Parts 28 Featured Categories We love seeing what our customers build Submit photos and a description of your PC to our build showcase Submit Now Looking for a little inspiration? 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A reoccurring issue most people are finding is that they are provided or have to get a laptop for work which only has the 1 screen and most office jobs require 2+ monitors.  Here is how to connect multiple displays to a laptop using a docking station:  Check the specifications of your laptop for information regarding the number of displays it can support and the type of connections the laptop has available, such as HDMI, USB, Thunderbolt, etc. Typically, there will be at least one connection available from the laptop for another display such as HDMI or VGA. You can connect your first external monitor to this connection to get a second display. For a third display, you will typically need a docking station to add more ports to the laptop. There are universal docking stations that will work with most systems. Docks may connect to USB-A, USB-C, or Thunderbolt ports. Be sure to check what connections your laptop supports. You may also need to install drivers onto the computer for the dock to fully function. The dock may include an installation CD, otherwise please refer to the manufacturer’s website for downloadable drivers. Connect the docking station to the computer. You should hear a jingle to indicate that it has connected successfully and is recognized. Connect the second external monitor that you want to use to the docking station. Go to your Display Settings by right clicking on an empty portion of your desktop screen and then select Display settings. You will now see three monitors available to select and arrange. Scroll down until you see the Multiple displays section to ensure that you have it set to Extend these displays to extend the display across the monitors. Return to the Select and rearrange displays area and select the Identify button. A large number will appear on each display to correspond to the display settings numbers to identify each monitor. This will help with arranging the monitors in the settings to ensure they are extending properly between laptop and external monitors. You can now close the display settings. You will now have everything set up for multiple displays!  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 7.9K All Categories 1.2K The Blog 59 What's Trending 15 Past News and Updates 185 How to & Technical Guides 13 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking 2 Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 20 3D Printers 20 Maker 32 PC Build Guides 120 Reviews & Buying Guides 55 Build Showcase 27 Contests 48 Past Contests 1.6K The Community 1.9K General Discussion 106 New Members 245 Consumer Tech 67 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 100 Software 8 Audio/Visual 27 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 3 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 22 Hobby Boards & Projects 33 3D Printing 68 Retro Arcade/Gaming 92 All Other Tech 1.6K Store Information and Policy 77 Off Topic 16 Community Ideas & Feedback 120 Your Completed Builds 2.9K Build-Your-Own PC 1.9K Help Choosing Parts 251 Graphics Cards 200 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 73 Cases and Power Supplies 23 Air and Liquid Cooling 26 Monitors and Displays 33 Peripherals 19 All Other Parts 28 Featured Categories We love seeing what our customers build Submit photos and a description of your PC to our build showcase Submit Now Looking for a little inspiration? 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WassamataU ✭ August 2020 in New Members Older father of a teen and pre-teen, trying to stay on-top of or ahead of kids, software, hardware and tech in general.  Proud to have replaced the hard drive in my daughter's 2012 MacBook Pro (and happy to be able to purchase the screwdrivers to go with it.  Currently gearing up for televised learning and getting docking stations so we can use laptops as desk top models.  Cut the cable to cable a few years ago and am spending a lot of time on antennae, connecting to my Sony and Denon tuners in order to send sound to my hard-wired speakers.  Getting ready to break down and go for wireless speakers.  Happy to hear from frugal DIY'er's like myself.   My current question is where do I go to find a decent docking station that will work with a 2015 MacBook Pro 13". 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments TSTonyV admin August 2020 Hello @WassamataU! Welcome to the Community. Definitely understand wanting to cut the cable, especially with how many relatively cheap streaming services are available online these days.  For docking stations, if you click this link you can view all the Mac-compatible docking stations currently available at your local store: https://www.microcenter.com/search/search_results.aspx?Ntk=all&sortby=match&N=4294967252+4294822404&myStore=false Depending on what kind of ports you're looking for which one is best will ultimately be up to your personal preferences.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Ian admin August 2020 Hello and welcome!  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 7.9K All Categories 1.2K The Blog 59 What's Trending 15 Past News and Updates 185 How to & Technical Guides 13 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking 2 Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 20 3D Printers 20 Maker 32 PC Build Guides 120 Reviews & Buying Guides 55 Build Showcase 27 Contests 48 Past Contests 1.6K The Community 1.9K General Discussion 106 New Members 245 Consumer Tech 67 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 100 Software 8 Audio/Visual 27 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 3 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 22 Hobby Boards & Projects 33 3D Printing 68 Retro Arcade/Gaming 92 All Other Tech 1.6K Store Information and Policy 77 Off Topic 16 Community Ideas & Feedback 120 Your Completed Builds 2.9K Build-Your-Own PC 1.9K Help Choosing Parts 251 Graphics Cards 200 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 73 Cases and Power Supplies 23 Air and Liquid Cooling 26 Monitors and Displays 33 Peripherals 19 All Other Parts 28 Featured Categories We love seeing what our customers build Submit photos and a description of your PC to our build showcase Submit Now Looking for a little inspiration? 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Ultimately the goal is to have the full computer experience in my garage shop to hook up my CNC machine and everything but I don't want the tower in the garage because of sawdust. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments TS_EmileC admin March 2021 Hello @ByrdcraftDesign. Are you wanting to keep the PC in the same room as the CNC machine? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook ByrdcraftDesign ✭ March 2021 Separate room entirely. PC in Family Room and everything else monitor, keyboard, mouse, a couple of USB ports etc in garage/shop with CNC 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook ByrdcraftDesign ✭ March 2021 It's straight through the wall. A hole was already there for at least 5 old school coax cables 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSTDavey admin March 2021 @ByrdcraftDesign so what kind of setup are you trying to do? In the garage are you just wanting the carving machine and PC monitor along with keyboard/mouse only and keep the tower inside the house? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook ByrdcraftDesign ✭ April 2021 Yes I want to keep the tower in the house away from the sawdust, but for safety reasons control it from the garage, next to the CNC machine 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSTDavey admin April 2021 @ByrdcraftDesign that could work by just funneling Monitor, keyboard/mouse connection cables through he old coax cable hole. You could also look at wireless keyboard/mouse, but the PC tower will need to be at least 30 feet away from the mouse and keyboard. You wouldn't have worry about wiring for the keyboard/mouse with that option. One other thought to this setup is your keyboard/mouse and monitor would be susceptible to saw dust. Long as you wipe off the keyboard/mouse and monitor after every sawing session, they should be fine long term. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook ByrdcraftDesign ✭ April 2021 One of my friends is wondering if I could use some sort of usb-c docking station thing. My motherboard is x570 Aorus Elite WiFi Which supports usb-c 3.2 Gen 2 and my case is a Lian Li Lancool II-X with the USB-C port accessory installed 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSTDavey admin April 2021 @ByrdcraftDesign where will the docking station be, in the CNC machine room? If so, I don't see the benefits of a docking station over just running the wiring or monitor wire (if go with wireless keyboad/mouse) through the coax cable hole. You'll still have to run wiring through for the docking station and have an extra purchase expense for the docking station. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook ByrdcraftDesign ✭ April 2021 🤔true thank you talking it out helps.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook ByrdcraftDesign ✭ April 2021 What do you think about a panel with holes punched out for the various plugs mounted. Like USB A m-f receptacle with mounting brackets 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSTDavey admin April 2021 @ByrdcraftDesign can you send us a picture of the hole? I think I know where you're trying to go. You must be wanting to make the hole look more cosmetically semi-professional instead of just having a hole in the wall. Am I HOT or cold? The picture would help us. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook ByrdcraftDesign ✭ April 2021 I have not even started to mess with the hole. the idea of mounting the ports to a panel mounted onto the workbench is entirely so that there isn't a lot of movement if plugging and unplugging things happen. I would like to prevent wear and tear on the actual cords so that I don't have to remove the cords from the wall. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 7.9K All Categories 1.2K The Blog 59 What's Trending 15 Past News and Updates 185 How to & Technical Guides 13 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking 2 Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 20 3D Printers 20 Maker 32 PC Build Guides 120 Reviews & Buying Guides 55 Build Showcase 27 Contests 48 Past Contests 1.6K The Community 1.9K General Discussion 106 New Members 245 Consumer Tech 67 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 100 Software 8 Audio/Visual 27 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 3 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 22 Hobby Boards & Projects 33 3D Printing 68 Retro Arcade/Gaming 92 All Other Tech 1.6K Store Information and Policy 77 Off Topic 16 Community Ideas & Feedback 120 Your Completed Builds 2.9K Build-Your-Own PC 1.9K Help Choosing Parts 251 Graphics Cards 200 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 73 Cases and Power Supplies 23 Air and Liquid Cooling 26 Monitors and Displays 33 Peripherals 19 All Other Parts 28 Featured Categories We love seeing what our customers build Submit photos and a description of your PC to our build showcase Submit Now Looking for a little inspiration? 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