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By PURPLELEC | 11 October 2023 | 0 Comments

How to connect a Thunderbolt 3 notebook to the docking station

  Compared with USB3.1, Thunderbolt 3 is faster and more efficient. The maximum bandwidth of 40Gbp makes it capable of almost all data transmission requirements. Therefore, in the past two years, computer manufacturers have begun to install Thunderbolt 3, first Apple MacBook Pro, and later Lenovo Dell. Huawei equips its flagship notebooks with Thunderbolt 3. Now peripheral companies such as GreenLink have begun to develop Thunderbolt 3 peripherals. Products such as Thunderbolt 3 data cables and Thunderbolt 3 docking stations have been launched, and there are more and more Thunderbolt 3 devices.
Thunderbolt 3 docking station
  Thunderbolt 3 interface notebook
  Since Thunderbolt 3 supports data transmission, audio and video transmission, PD charging and other functions at the same time, Thunderbolt 3 can replace the original USB/HDMI/VGA/minidp and other interfaces on the notebook, allowing the notebook to realize multiple ports in one, in line with the concept of super thin and light , so Thunderbolt 3 is very popular among ultrabooks. At present, mainstream computer brands such as Lenovo, Dell, HP, Asus, Huawei and other high-end notebooks have Thunderbolt 3 versions. The models are summarized as follows:
  Apple: MacBook Pro13/16, Macbook Air
  Lenovo: Miix 720, ThinkPad P50/51s/70/71/T470s/570/X1/Yoga
  Dell: Alienware13/15/17, Latitude12, Precision15/17, XPS12/13/15
  HP: EliteBook x360, Elite x2, EliteDesk 800, EliteOne
  ASUS: ROG G501/G701/G752/GL702VT/Transformer 3 Pro
  Huawei: MateBook X Pro
  Other Thunderbolt 3 notebooks include Acer, Samsung, LG and other models. For details, please refer to the Thunderbolt 3 official website.
Thunderbolt 3 docking station
  Thunderbolt 3 allows notebooks to integrate multiple ports into one, making the computer thinner, lighter and more fashionable. However, there is also a problem: some existing peripherals are still stuck at USB and HDMI interfaces, even with the new type-c interface. It is only the USB3.1 gen2 standard and cannot reach Thunderbolt 3. Therefore, to use these devices, you need a docking station that converts the interface. If you want to retain the notebook Thunderbolt 3 protocol at the same time, you need the docking station to also have Thunderbolt 3 functions. That is, the docking station is internally upgraded to a Thunderbolt 3 solution, which forms the current Thunderbolt 3 solution. Thunderbolt 3 docking station.
  In addition to retaining the physical interface expansion of the dock itself, the Thunderbolt 3 docking station also continues the high-speed transmission of Thunderbolt 3. The newly launched Thunderbolt 3 docking station adopts Intel Thunderbolt 3 exclusive JHL chip solution and has 11 interface expansion functions such as Thunderbolt 3/USB/DP/USB-C. The measured transmission speed can reach 2600MB/s, which can meet the needs of multiple devices. Ultra-clear 8K video transmission.
  Currently, Thunderbolt 3 docking stations are mainly adapted to high-end laptops with Thunderbolt 3 interfaces. They rely on Intel Thunderbolt 3 main control chips and are priced at more than a thousand yuan. When we choose a Thunderbolt 3 docking station, we must see clearly that the interface is Thunderbolt and not ordinary USB-C. There is a thunderbolt symbol next to the Thunderbolt 3 interface, but USB-C does not.
  How to connect a Thunderbolt 3 notebook to the docking station
  It is also relatively simple to connect a Thunderbolt 3 notebook to a Thunderbolt 3 docking station. If the Thunderbolt 3 docking station has a Thunderbolt 3 cable, it can be directly connected to the Thunderbolt 3 interface of the notebook. If the Thunderbolt 3 docking station only has a Thunderbolt 3 interface and no wiring, you need to purchase it. The exclusive Thunderbolt 3 data cable completes the connection. After connecting to the docking station, the notebook can plug in a USB hard disk, keyboard and mouse, and plug in a network cable to access the Internet.

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