USB 3.0 Universal Laptop Docking Station US-IB-DK2241AC

ICY BOX USB 3.0 Universal Laptop Docking Station for Windows/Mac (Dual Video HDMI & DVI/VGA, Gigabit Ethernet, Audio, 4 USB Ports)

2-ports of USB 3.0 and 4-ports of USB 2.0 for file transfer with up to 5 Gbit/s connection for laptop, tablet PC and Mac

2 ports for 1 additional monitor, HDMI and VGA support 2K resolutions up to 2048×1152 (not usable simultaneously)

Max HDMI Resolution: 2560×1440 with a single HDMI display / 1080p with two displays

OS Compatiblility / Operating Systems: Windows XP SP3 (32-bit), Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 10. MacOS 10.6 – 10.12, 10.14. Chrome OS v55+

Flagship USB 3.0 Windows Docking Station with Dual Monitor Support

US-IB-DK2241AC

Super Speed

Provides SuperSpeed USB 3.0 (5 Gbps) link between computer to video, audio, network, and two additional USB 3.0 ports.

Extend mode

Extend your workspace by making it bigger. Extend mode allows you to share your whole desktop across multiple screens. Ideal for improved productivity by working with, and viewing, multiple applications at the same time.

2 more screens with 1 DVI Out & 1 HDMI Out

Expand your workspace by adding additional monitors. Connect your DVI monitor to the DVI port or use the included DVI>VGA adapter to connect your VGA monitor. If you’ve got an HDMI monitor, you can connect directly into the HDMI out port. You can also connect a second HDMI monitor to the DVI port using the included DVI>HDMI adapter. You can run both the DVI and HDMI ports simultaneously.

Clone Mode

Allows you to replicate the same content on your second display as you do on your master display.

2 Front USB 3.0 Ports

Two fast and powerful USB 3.0 ports are positioned on the front of the dock for when you want to charge a phone or tablet, or transfer data from another device. Headphone and microphone input ports are also conveniently within reach when they’re needed.

4 Rear USB 2.0 Ports

Connect all your peripherals with 4 USB ports. These ports are strategically located on the back of the docking station to help keep your printer, keyboard and mice cables or wireless dongles hidden from view.

Package Content

  • 1 x Power Supply
  • 1 x USB 3.0 Data cable
  • 1 x DVI-VGA adapter
  • 1 x Quick Install Guide
  • 1 x Software CD
Ideal Usage
  • Adding dual displays, USB ports, audio and wired network to any mobile PC platform
OS Compatibility
  • Mac, Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista Home Premium or better and XP 32-bit (does not support Windows 8 RT)
Hardware Requirements
  • Dual Core Intel CPU 2GHz or better. Windows GPU should be Intel, nVidia, or AMD/ATI

Connection Type

HDMI, DVI

MAX HDMI RESOLUTION

2560×1440*

DATA TRANSFER SPEED

2

MAX VGA RESOLUTION

1920×1200

USB EXPANSION PORTS

2 USB 3.0 (Front Mounted) 4 USB 2.0 (Rear Mounted)

MAX DVI RESOLUTION

2048x1152

* NOTE: 2560×1440 output only available when using a single HDMI display connected through the dock. If dual displays are connected, each will be limited to a maximum resolution of 1920×1200. 2560×1440 output requires a “High Speed” HDMI cable. 2560×1440 mode will operate at a 50Hz refresh rate; all lower modes support 60Hz refresh. 2560×1440 output requires current DisplayLink drivers and attached monitor must natively support 2560×1440 via HDMI input (most 2560×1600 monitors do not support 2560×1440)​

Technical Specifications

Warranty 2 Years
4K SupportNo
Bus TypeUSB 3.0
Chipset ID 
Displays Supported2
Fast-Charge Port(s)No
Industry Standards 
Auto MDIXYes
Compatible Networks10/100/1000 RJ45 female Ethernet Connector
Full Duplex SupportYes
Maximum Digital Resolutions

Single Output: DP,HDMI, Mini DP: 3840×2160@60Hz.

Dual Outout: DP,HDMI, Mini DP: 3840×2160@60Hz.

Triple Output: DP and HDMIL 3840×2160@60Hz Mini DP 2560×1600@60Hz . VGA: up to 3 Monitors with resolution of 1920×1080@60Hz.

Thunderbolt 3: Single Output: 5120×2880@60Hz Dual Output: 4096×2304@60Hz Triple Output: 4096×2304@60Hz. Lower resolutions are also supported.

Type and Rate

USB 3.0 – 5 Gbit/s

USB 3.1 – 10 Gbit/s

Thunderbolt 3 – 40 Gbit/s

UASP SupportYes
Connector Type(s)1 x Thunderbolt Femaile connector
 2 x Thunderbolt female connector
 4 x A type female connector
 2 x Type C connector
 1 x 10/100/1000 RJ45 female Ethernet connector
 1 x Card reader SD 4.0 female connector
 1 x VGA female connector
 1 x  Mini-DisplayPort female connector
 1 x HDMI female connector
 1 x DisplayPort female connector
Note 
OS CompatibilityWindows® 7, 8, 8.1, 10
macOS 10.12 – 10.14
Input Current0.8A
Input Voltage100~240 AC
Output Current9A
Output Voltage20V
Plug TypeThunderbolt 3 Type-C
Power Consumption (In Watts)180
Power Delivery85W DC Power / 15W Rear Thunderbolt 3 Port
Power SourceAC Adapter Included
Warranty3 Years
Cable TypeLintes TBT3 Electrical Cable 40G 0.5m 5A. Sumiomo TBT3 40G 5A 0.5m OD:4.4mm Cable
Cable Length0.5m
ColorSilver Aluminium/ Plastic Black C
Enclosure TypeAluminium/Plastic 94V0
LED IndicatorsPower (Blue) 
Product Dimensions9.84 x 3.64 x 2.71 inches | 222 x 90 x 30 mm
Product Weight22.9 oz / 650 g
Package Dimensions 
Shipping (Package) Weight 
Humidity 
Operating Temperature:0°C to 35°C / 32°F to 95°F
Storage Temperature:-20°C to 70°C / 14°F to 176°F
Note 
1Certain monitors may be limited to 4K at 30Hz when connecting through DisplayPort. These monitors include the following models: Dell P2715Q, Viewsonic VX2475Smhl-4K, Philips 288P6LJEB, LG 31MU97C-B, Asus PB287Q (these models will need to be set to 4K at 30Hz).
2A 4K-capable display is required to achieve 4K x 2K resolution (4K is also known as 4K x 2K).
3Thunderbolt 3 equipped computer with a Thunderbolt 3 port.
4Your laptop’s Thunderbolt 3 port must support USB Power Delivery 2.0 in order to power and charge your laptop.
5USB 3.0 is also known as USB 3.1 Gen 1; this connectivity standard offers speeds up to 5Gbps. USB 3.1 Gen 2 offers speeds up to 10Gbps.

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Frequently Asked Questions

No, this docking station does not support USB Power Delivery and cannot charge the laptop.
Up to two additional monitors can be connected.
Yes, DisplayLink drivers have to be installed for the docking station to be fully functional. Most up to date drivers can always be found at https://www.displaylink.com/downloads
Yes, the docking station can be used in combination with an Android tablet.
The maximum supported resolution is 2048x1152.
Yes, it is possible to use this docking station on a USB 2.0 interface but with overall lower transfer speeds and maximum resolutions up to 1920x1080.
It is not advised to use the docking station for gaming when connecting the monitor to the docking station's HDMI or DVI.
Yes, HDMI does support the output of sound.
No, the laptop has to be turned on using the laptop's on/off switch.
Yes, Microsoft Surface Book 2 is supported.
Windows has special power management settings that control what happens when the laptop lid is closed. If this happening, these settings need to be changed. Please right-click on the Start button and select ‘Power Options’ from the menu. From the choices present on the left-hand side of the Power Options window, please click on ‘Choose what closing the lid does’. ** Important note – if you are running the Creators Update (or newer) to Windows 10, you will have click on the ‘Additional power settings’ option to access this window ** Make sure the setting for ‘When I close the lid’ under the ‘Plugged In’ column is set to ‘Do Nothing’. Click the ‘Save Changes’ button and restart the system, making sure that the laptop’s power adapter is also connected, and test the behavior again.
If the included three foot USB 3.0 cable is not of sufficient length, a longer cable up to six feet in length can be purchased separately (we don’t recommend cables longer than six feet due to potential performance issues). The type of cable required is a USB 3.0 Type-A to Type-B cable.
Sometimes Photoshop mistakenly attempts to direct graphics tasks intended for your system’s internal graphics adapter to our dock and that can cause problems. As a result, the next step is to disable “Use Graphics Processor” in the preferences by navigating to Edit > Preferences > Performance > Use Graphic Processor and then relaunching Photoshop.
Sometimes join.me mistakenly attempts to direct graphics tasks intended for your system’s internal graphics adapter to our dock and that can cause problems. There is an option to change how the application to directs its graphics tasks, but there are no menus do so within the application itself so the process involves make a small Windows change. The steps are as follows: 1. Please open your Start Menu, search for “Edit Environment Variables for your account” 2. Once there please click “New..” on the top section of the menu. 3. For Variable Name, please type ‘QT_OpenGL’ and for Variable Value please type ‘software’ (Do not enter the quotes) 4. Click OK to close all open windows and then restart the system.
While we don't support our USB graphics devices on Mac, we have reproduced this behavior during internal testing. It appears there has been a regression in the current version of Chrome for OS X (Version 46) which causes graphical distortion when Chrome windows are in use on USB-attached monitors. Until this issue is fixed in a future version of Chrome, the best current workaround is to disable hardware acceleration in the Chrome settings. To do so: Click the Chrome menu header -> Preferences -> Settings -> Show advanced settings -> Scroll down to "System" -> Uncheck "Use hardware acceleration when available". To help make Google aware of the issue so they can properly prioritize fixing it, affected users can report the regression to Google using the built-in bug reporter: Preferences -> About -> Report an issue
2560×1440 output is only available when a single HDMI monitor is connected to the dock, and requires a “High Speed” HDMI cable. 2560×1440 mode will operate at a 50Hz refresh rate; all lower modes support 60Hz refresh rate. 2560×1440 output requires current DisplayLink drivers and attached monitor must natively support 2560×1440 via HDMI input. Please note that most monitors that support 2560×1600 do not support 2560×1440.
The blue LED indicates that the Icy Box US-IB-DK2241AC is being powered by its power adapter. The green LED lights up and stays steady when a device is connected through any of the six USB ports on the dock. If no devices are connected to the USB ports on the Icy Box US-IB-DK2241AC, the green LED only lights up for around five seconds when the dock itself is connected to the upstream system.
That the blue power light blinks indicates the unit is not getting the power it needs to function properly. The first things to check in that case are as follows: That the wall power outlet (or power strip) is working properly. Switching to another outlet or power strip can sometimes help That the ‘prong’ that attaches to the power adapter and provides the blades that insert into the power outlet is securely attached The power adapter is securely connected to the back of the docking station and to the wall power outlet
The Ethernet controller in the docking station requires a full duplex connection. Half duplex connections are not supported. Often, the issue is caused by older Ethernet hubs and/or cabling that do not support full duplex connections.
Powerline-based network adapters are not supported with the Ethernet port within the dock.
The DisplayLink driver does not support color calibration functionality. Most monitors have built-in controls that can be used to adjust the characteristics of the display, though we realize this approach may not be ideal in all cases. For environments that necessitate near-perfect color reproduction and display calibration capabilities via software, a dedicated graphics card is recommended.
The utilities provided by Intel, Nvidia and AMD/ATI are designed to only recognize and work with graphics adapters made by their respective manufacturers and they will not recognize USB-attached displays connected to the dock. It is recommended to use the facilities built-in to Windows to manage the displays connected to the dock (‘Display Settings’ on Windows 10 and ‘Screen Resolution’ on Windows 8.1 and 7).
No, the cable described is a passive cable designed to work in one direction only, from a DisplayPort output to a HDMI input. It will not work in the other direction.
This behavior has been known to occur in rare instances, and is a known bug in the Chrome browser being tracked by the Chrome developers.

 

 

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  1. H. Stephens

    I’m not a big fan of laptops, the screens seem very small, the keyboards are very crowded and the touch pad will never be as practical as a mouse. By necessity I had to buy a portable computer and as I had a previous desktop computer monitor I decided to check if it was possible to use the laptop only as a CPU, although I could connect the monitor through an HDMI cable. connecting and disconnecting the accessories, such as 2 external hard drives, the adapters for the mouse and keyboard. I did not know about the existence of the dockings and I ordered this with some reservation. I could not be more wrong, within minutes of making the order I received a plugable email indicating that I could download the drivers to advance some work before the team arrived.

    When the dock arrived and following the instructions it was not even necessary to use those files, Windows took care of everything and in less than 5 minutes I was already using the monitor as the laptop screen and all the accessories worked as if they had always been connected to the laptop, all this through a single usb cable, when finished just disconnect that cable and the laptop is back as if nothing had happened, all the accesories are plugged to the docking station. Easier is impossible.

    I have not had any performance problems, even with full screen video, highly recommended!

  2. Todd Klindt

    EXACTLY WHAT I WANTED!!! Was looking for a way to add two additional monitors to my laptop (so, three total) without having to upgrade my graphics card. This works perfectly. Plus, there are PLENTY of ports to add all my peripherals (cordless keyboard and mouse, printer, external backup device, cellphone, and multiple USB thumb drives), and I still have extra ports I don’t know what to do with.

    I plug exactly one cord into a USB port in my laptop, and have INSTANT access to all of my peripherals (no delay). Likewise, when plugging in a thumb drive, it shows up as accessible instantly. (No absurd waiting time for the unit to register the device.) I have used with two separate Lenovo laptops and a Toshiba laptop, and have been able to use it with Windows 7, 8.1, and 10. I also successfully hooked it up to a Mac after downloading a separate driver (worked fine for me me – but, I only used it the one time, so can’t give a full endorsement of using it with a Mac).One of the problems I had encountered with devices that sit vertically and have multiple connections is their tendency to move around on the desk due to the pulling of the connected cables. This device appears to have just enough mass to prevent that from happening.
    Reading Amazon reviews prior to my purchase, I was impressed by the way the company appears to stand behind their products. I saw quite a few comments from Plugable following reviews from those who encountered problems with the product. I was also impressed with the video reviews on Youtube that I believe were done by the company’s owner or president. Amazon makes it easy to read many reviews, and when a company stands behind their products the way Plugable appears to do, it makes me want to help expand their business.

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