Targus Docking Stations Enterprise Features

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Targus Docking Stations Enterprise Features

Occasionally Thee DocKtor is asked, Does the Targus dock support PXE Boot? or - What docks support WOL?" Enterprise features like those shown below are often important for deployment and in some platform update and maintenance topologies. Assuming these features are also supported by the host platform, the following table shows a summarizes the most popular features by Targus dock models.

Feature* DOCK1XX Universal DOCK2XX Thunderbolt DOCK4XX DP Alt. Mode
PXE Boot No*** Yes Yes
WOL Yes Yes Yes
MAC Address** Yes Yes Yes
Priority and VLAN Yes Yes Yes
Speed and Duplex Control Yes Yes Yes
VLAN ID Yes Yes Yes
Other No Yes Yes
Targus WiFi AutoSwitch** Yes Yes Yes
Targus MAC Address Clone** Yes Yes Yes
Targus Display Configuration Yes No No
Targus Ghost Device Removal  Yes Yes Yes
* Many features depend  on the platform support
** Targus MAC Address Clone and option to WiFi AutoSwitch automates Windows MAC Address Cloning; ideal for Hostdesking/Hoteling.  
*** See "PXE Boot or Pre-Boot Targus UDS GbE Support"

See the descriptions below for the more Advanced Ethernet port features noting the platform implementations of these feature often vary. Visit our docking station utility compatibility list for more details.

Targus Universal Docking Stations (USB Type-C & Type-A SuperSpeed)

Targus Universal Docking Stations, models DOCK1XX or ACP71/77, DO NOT support PXE boot in the tradition sense because there is no pre-OS boot support of the USB DisplayLink MAC in most platform BIOS. There are some exceptions, but these are few and far between. There also additonal options to PXE boot with these docks. The GbE features supported on the DOCK1XX and ACP7X docks include:
  • WOL (Wake on Magic Packet)
  • MAC Address Modification i.e. Cloning, Spoofing*
  • Priority and VLAN Tagging
  • VLAN Support
  • Speed and Duplex 

Targus USB Type-C Thunderbolt Docking Stations

Targus Thunderbolt Docking Station, model DOCK220, utilizes the Intel i210-AT GbE Ethernet Conroller required for Intel Thunderbolt certification on Windows PC and Apple MacBooks. Many platforms support PXE boot, WOL, etc. from the DOCK210 Ethernet port. Other popular supported features include:
  • PXE Boot
  • WOL
  • Jumbo Packets
  • MAC Address Modification i.e. Cloning, Spoofing*
  • Priority and VLAN
  • And More

Targus USB Type-C DP Alternate Mode Docking Stations

Targus models DOCK410. DOCK411, and DOCK421 utilize the Realtek RTL8153 Integrated 10/100/1000M Ethernet Controller for USB. Many platforms support PXE boot, WOL, etc. from these dock's Ethernet port. Other popular supported features include:
  • PXE Boot
  • Jumbo Packets
  • MAC Address Modification i.e. Cloning, Spoofing*
  • Priority and VLAN
  • And More
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