Laptops provide a convenient way to be productive whether you are at home, in the office or traveling from one place to another. However, when you need to sit behind a desk for long periods of time and work on it, using a laptop is not very comfortable and user-friendly. Then you can use a device called a docking station. All you have to do is place your computer on a pre-configured and connected docking station and you will be able to instantly use your monitor, keyboard, mouse and other accessories.
The biggest advantages of using the docking system:
1. Use different accessories at the same time without much headache
If you often need to use a printer, scanner, mouse, etc., docking your laptop will make your life a lot easier. For example, if your laptop only has two USB ports, you can plug in only two accessories at a time, and you need to reconnect the wires all the time to use more than two devices. Docking station users simply put their laptops in dock and print, scan and using the mouse without having to break open ports and wires.
2. Possibility to use newer equipment
There are situations where a docking station can help you connect peripherals that would otherwise be incompatible with your computer. For example, if your laptop have incompatible monitor outputs to use it with a more modern monitor, a docking station might be helpful.
3. You don't need a desktop computer
If you have only used a laptop so far and are thinking of buying a desktop computer to use more accessories and a larger screen, then consider purchasing a docking station. As a result, you can save a fair amount of money. On average, a desktop PC costs € 190 at the Bitboard store, while the docking station costs around € 20-40 + additional power supply if needed.
4. A good helper for the gambler as well
While playing computer games, you will be able to connect any and all accessories to the docking station. This saves you the hassle of connecting cables. When it comes to play, slip your laptop in the dock and go!
Different docking stations and their connection
Here's how to connect your laptop to the docking station. Don't worry, it's really easy!
There are basically two types of docking bases in stores: (1) vertical USB universal docking stations, or (2) horizontal and low docked with a connector on the bottom or on the side.
(1) When using a universal dock, your computer connects to the dock with a USB cable. Although USB is a common standard, not all docks and computers are fully compatible. Always make sure that your dock and computer are compatible. Devices, using the USB-C standard are in slightly better condition.
(2) Horizontal-type docking boards connect to your computer through dedicated docking slots located on the bottom or on the side of your computer, which are commonly found on business-class laptops. When purchasing a docking station, make sure it is compatible with your laptop. Most business class laptops have a docking station.
If you want to place your laptop on the docking station, just save any work in progress, shut down the computer, or put it to sleep and close the lid. It is not always necessary to turn off the laptop while plugging in the docking station. It depends on what type of docking station it is and whether the monitor is connected to the docking station. If you use an additional monitor in addition to your laptop screen, you may have trouble displaying the image while connecting to a working computer dock.
So, if necessary, open the docking slot on the bottom or side of your computer (some models may have them covered). Place the computer on the dock. Align the docking slots underneath the computer with the “hooks” on the docking station, and then gently push the computer into the base.
When you connect your computer to the docking station for the first time, you need to connect the accessories to the ports on the back of the docking station in the same way that they normally connect to a computer. Docking stations support most common accessories: monitor, keyboard, mouse, Lan, printer, etc.
The first time you use the accessories connected through the docking station, the necessary drivers must be installed. In most cases, this happens automatically. If your computer asks you for permission to do so, be sure to click "yes".
NB! If you don't want to use an additional keyboard, monitor, or mouse and your computer is on a dock, you can use your laptop screen, keys, and touchpad just like you would normally.
The most common problems with using the docking station and their possible solutions
If the docking station is not working, always make sure that the docking station is plugged in first. It is often forgotten that the dock itself also needs electricity to work. If you find that your docking station is not working and may be broken and you are already running to visit an IT technician, always make sure that the power cord is plugged in first. To avoid those embarrassing blonde joke moments…
Most docking stations also have an indicator light to indicate that the device is plugged in.
If accessories do not work, you should first check the connection cables and make sure they are securely connected to the correct port. There are also cases where accessories do not work because the plugs and port holes are too dusty to transmit the signal. In this case, cleaning them with a special cloth or compressed air will help.
As we mentioned earlier, when new devices are connected to the docking station and to your computer, the installation of drivers usually starts automatically. In some cases, your computer may experience difficulty with it, in which case the accessories may not work properly. Then you need to manually install these missing drivers. You can usually download drivers for free from the manufacturer's website.
However, the situations where you need to manually install the drivers are very rare, and in most cases, the computer itself will find these drivers on the web.
As a general rule, if your computer and the docking station are compatible with each other in terms of physical parameters, they are most likely compatible. However, when buying a docking station, you should always ask your dealer for compatibility advice or check the docking station model number and googling to make sure your computer and dock are compatible.
As mentioned above, the docking station also needs electricity to operate. As a rule, the notebook power supply that will be used on the docking station will actually fit the docking station itself. It seems simple - connect the laptop power adapter to the docking station, place it on the computer base and that's it! Yes, simple and logical. It probably works, but there is a high probability that there may be a problem with the power supply because the notebook power supply for the docking station would need to be more powerful to sustain both devices. Consult the seller of our store here. MEIE KAUPLUSTE ASUKOHAD LEIAD SIIT!