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Dell Rugged Dock

Docking Station

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.

  1. Ensure that the laptop is not connected to the docking station (docked).
  2. Turn on the laptop.

    Press the power button to turn on the laptop

  3. Verify that the operating system has completed the setup process.
  4. 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.

  1. Go to //www.dell.com/support/drivers and identify the Dell laptop using the Service Tag.
  2. Update your laptop's BIOS, graphics, and network drivers.
  3. Connect the AC adapter to a power outlet. Then, connect the AC adapter to the docking station.
  4. Dock and secure the laptop on the docking station. See user manual of the docking station for device-specific instructions.
  5. 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.
  6. Connect other devices such as keyboard, mouse, and others as needed.
  7. Turn on the docking station.