Docking Station 101

What is a docking station?

    A docking station is a dedicated source of power for your laptop and can also connect peripherals (ethernet cable, external displays, mice, keyboards, headphones, etc.) to your laptop.

Why use a docking station?

    Laptops are great for mobile users, but it can be a hassle to have to unplug peripherals every time you need to move to a different work location. By setting up a docking station in your office, you only need to plug/unplug the docking station as you move about. All other peripherals remain plugged into the docking station. This helps to streamline your workflow and minimizes configuration issues. 

How to set up a docking station

  1. Plug the docking station power adapter into a surge protector / power strip (which is plugged in to an appropriate wall outlet).

  2. Connect all peripherals (monitors, headphones, ethernet cables) into the docking station. Peripherals that require power (like monitors) must also be plugged into your surge protector / power strip, as the docking station does not supply power to anything other than your laptop.

  3. Connect the USB-C power cable to the laptop

  4. You will need to adjust settings for your display(s) (refer to Using Your Docking Station: Tips and Tricks for Using Multiple Screens)

  5. You will want to consider adjusting the setting that will enable you to work from your laptop even when the lid is closed (refer to Using Your Docking Station:

  6. How to Set Laptop to Active / Inactive Screen when Docked