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Docking

Last Updated: 1/3/2017

To enable fast, seamless connections between desktops and mobile devices to external equipment, Windows 10 supports single cable docking and wireless docking.

Wired docking

A wired docking configuration uses a single connection to a dock. The connection is either through a cable or a device to an adjacent dock attachment. The dock provides ports for input devices, such as mice and keyboards, and for output devices like displays and printers. Better docking equipment provides a power connection, for both use and charging of the device, and a wired network connection.

Wired docking features to consider:

  • Use of a single cable from the device to the dock
  • Support for phone, tablet and laptops
  • Wired or wireless mouse and keyboard input
  • Multiple connections on the dock
  • Monitor outputs using HDMI or DisplayPort or both
  • A power connection to the device
  • An Ethernet port

Recommendations

Wireless docking

Like a wired dock, a wireless dock has ports for input and output peripherals. The connection to the device is wireless only. The dock does not provide power or a wired network connection to the device.

Wireless docking features to consider:

  • A wireless connection from the device to the dock
  • Support for phone, tablet and laptops
  • Wired or wireless mouse and keyboard input
  • Monitor outputs using HDMI, DisplayPort, or both

Wireless dock discovery

Windows 10 will discover, pair, connect, and manage docks.

Recommendations

  • Include Wifi-Display (Miracast) extensions in receiver firmware.
  • Support WSB and MA-USB.
  • Support WiGig for enterprise class docking equipment.
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