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Connect More with Cable Matters USB-C Docking Stations

CONNECT MORE with Cable Matters® USB-C™ Docking Stations


Why is USB C the future?

Ultra-slim laptops and smartphones are shipping with USB-C. These thin form factor devices force users to connect to the Internet, add external video and a keyboard, transfer files and charge their device over one or two USB-C ports.

USB-C technology uses a compact and reversible, 24-pin connector with support for data transfer and charging. It incorporates alternate modes to carry non-USB signals. DP Alt Mode must be supported on the USB C port of a smartphone or computer to view video over USB C.


What docking station do I need?

  • Check your device specifications for video over USB support
  • Check your display for spare HDMI®, or DisplayPort™ ports
  • Do you need to charge your device through the docking station? How many watts does your device need?
  • Cable Matters offers a selection for USB C Docking Stations for a laptop or smartphone with video, data, networking and charging.


    Can USB C support two monitors?

    Many laptop models support two external monitors. Check the specifications of your device to verify that it can support dual monitors over USB-C.

    Cable Matters offers two docking station models:

  • USB C Docking Station with Dual 4K DisplayPort
  • USB C Docking Station with Dual 4K HDMI

    Can USB C support 4K?

    The maximum video resolution of a USB-C dock is determined by:

  • Video resolution output of the smartphone or computer
  • Video resolution supported by the connected display
  • Type of display interface technology that supports 4K (HDMI and DisplayPort)
  • Available bandwidth of the USB C port on the computer (5Gbps, 10Gbps)
  • The USB-C Docking Station from Cable Matters supports a unique bandwidth allocation feature for a USB-C 5Gbps or 10Gbps port. A selectable switch on the dock allocates the bandwidth for video and data transfer functions. Users can dynamically configure the bandwidth to accommodate a choice of these features:

  • Dual HD with Gigabit Ethernet and USB 3.0 data transfer speed
  •      OR

  • Dual 4K video with Fast Ethernet and USB 2.0 data transfer speed

    Can a docking station charge a laptop with USB C Power Delivery? (PD)

    The USB-IF organization specifies power profiles for safely powering and charging a smartphone, laptop, monitor or other equipment. Safely power and charge a device from 7.5 to 100 watts over USB C.

    Cable Matters offers 60W and 80W USB C Docking Stations.


    Are USB C and Thunderbolt 3 compatible?

    Thunderbolt™ 3 uses the same reversible USB C connector for data, video and charging. Thunderbolt 3 ports can support 20Gbps or 40Gbps. A USB-C port supports a maximum data transfer rate of 5Gbps or 10Gbps (Gen2).

    Most USB-C docking stations are compatible with a Thunderbolt computer. Thunderbolt devices are NOT compatible with a USB C computer. Some models of Cable Matters USB C docking stations are limited to a single display with Mac® computers.


    Need help deciding which USB C video cable to buy?

    Contact us HERE. Cable Matters will help you navigate the confusing choices of USB-C video cable types. We will provide you with the best solution to maximize the capabilities of your equipment and ensure compatibility.


    Join the Cable Matters Wholesale Program for your business!

    Create an account HERE. Cable Matters offers discount pricing for wholesale purchases for your business. Our sales team will provide expert consultation to meet the connectivity demands of your business or organization.


    Purchase premium quality USB C products from Cable Matters: THE industry leader in Reliable Connectivity

    Cable Matters, with headquarters in Southborough, Massachusetts, offers a complete line of cables, adapters, docking stations and networking products for the home, office, and data center. We offer first-class quality products, backed by exceptional customer service, at an affordable price. Established in 2009, Cable Matters serves markets in the U.S., Canada, UK, France, Germany, Spain, Italy and Japan.




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