A docking station or port replicator provides a way to connect your laptop to multiple devices such as mouse, keyboard, speaker, monitors, and Ethernet. With a docking station connected to multiple devices, you can enjoy the benefits of a desktop computer without sacrificing the portability of your laptop.
Dell rugged dock or E-port dock uses a proprietary docking connector to dock a laptop.
Before you dock for the first time
Before you initially connect your laptop to the docking station, the operating system must complete its setup process.
- Ensure that the laptop is not connected to the docking station (docked).
- Turn on the laptop.
- Verify that the operating system has completed the setup process.
- Verify that the battery is installed before docking your laptop.
Docking your laptop
CAUTION: Always use the Dell AC adapter that came with the docking station. If you use any other commercially available AC adapter, you may damage the docking station or the laptop.
- Go to //www.dell.com/support/drivers and identify the Dell laptop using the Service Tag.
- Update your laptop's BIOS, graphics, and network drivers.
- Connect the AC adapter to a power outlet. Then, connect the AC adapter to the docking station.
- Dock and secure the laptop on the docking station. See user manual of the docking station for device-specific instructions.
- Connect one or more monitors to the docking station, as needed. To learn how many monitors are supported, see the user manual of the docking station.
- Connect other devices such as keyboard, mouse, and others as needed.
- Turn on the docking station.