Targus ACA41 ACP71/77 to USB Type-C Multiplexer

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Targus ACA41 ACP71/77 to USB Type-C Multiplexer

Targus has released ACA41 adapter (a tip of sorts) for using the Targus ACP71 and ACP77 Universal Docking Stations with a USB Type-C Host for only $59.99 SRP.
The ACA41 multiplexes (combines) the USB Type A Cable that usually goes into the host and the DC power from the ACP71/77 into a single USB Type C connection to the host. The blue power LED light up to show power is applied to the unit from the ACP71/77. It auto-negotiates USB Type-C PD 2.0 modes 1-4, at 5VDC, 12VDC, and 20VDC, so no worries about what host it is plugged into. It even can be used to supply power to MacBooks with Type-C! Note, PD of 20VDC may require a dock PSU with 20.5VDC output.

The ACA41 has been tested with the following hosts:

  • Dell Venue 10 Pro 5056
  • Dell XPS 12
  • Dell XPS 13
  • HP Elite X2 1012 G1
  • Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Tablet
  • MacBook (Retina 12 inch, Early 2015)
  • MacBook (Retina 12 inch, Early 2016)
  • Samsung Galaxy Pro S Tablet
  • Lenovo
Application Notes: The data portion of the ACA41 USB Type-C connector will work on any host's USB Type-C receptacle if that receptacle has USB 2.0 or better yet USB 3.1, either Gen 1 (aka USB 3.0) or Gen 2, and the host has the DisplayLink software and the ACA41 is powered (blue LED on) by the ACP71/77 or other Targus PSU. Note, with W10 "Anniversary Edition" aka "Redstone" the DisplayLink software is automatically included in the Windows update catalog. For W10 TH1/2, it is loaded PnP from the Windows Update Catalog or from downloading from Targus. Similarly, the ACA41 can source power for a device even if the USB Type-A cable from the ACP71/77 dock is not connected.