Plugable UD-5900 USB 3.0 4K Aluminum Mini Docking Station with Dual Video Outputs
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A one-stop upgrade for your Windows tablet, laptop, or desktop our Plugable UD-5900 USB 3.0 4K Aluminum Mini docking station allow you to connect up to two additional monitors and eight accessories through a single USB cable. Including the latest drivers and firmware for compatibility with Windows 10, 8.1 and 7, it features two video outputs: an HDMI output and a DVI-I output with VGA adapter for mirroring/extending your Windows desktop to external monitors, a Gigabit Ethernet port, audio input/output via a single TRRS jack, and four USB 3.0 ports.
With graphics, networking, and USB hub chipsets that have been selected and tested together to ensure maximum quality, the UD-5900 provides:
- An HDMI and a DVI port for connecting two external monitors and support for resolutions up to 3840×2160@30Hz* (HDMI only) and DVI / VGA up to 1920×1200 (DVI-to-VGA adapter also included)
- An RJ-45 Gigabit Ethernet network port (also supports 10/100 Ethernet)
- External headphone/speaker combination TRRS jack
- Four USB 3.0 ports for accessories (such as an external hard drive or another USB graphics adapter)
Note: *3840×2160 output only available when using a single HDMI display. If dual displays are connected, each will be limited to a maximum resolution of 1920×1200. 3840×2160 output requires a “High Speed” HDMI cable. 3840×2160 mode operates at a 30Hz refresh rate; all lower modes support 60Hz refresh. 3840×2160 output requires current DisplayLink drivers and attached monitor must natively support 3840×2160 via HDMI input
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- Windows 10, 8.1, 7, drivers can be automatically installed by Windows Update (with an existing Internet connection) or can be downloaded from Plugable.
- Intel Core i5 or AMD Llano 2GHz or better CPU, 4GB+ RAM, and USB 3.0 connection recommended for productivity/web software at 4K. Single Intel HD 4000, AMD HD 7xxx, Nvidia 5xxM or better recommended for productivity and web software. Intel Core i7/AMD A10 2GHz+, 8GB RAM, and Intel HD 4000, AMD 8650, Nvidia 7xxM or better required for full-screen video playback. If using two 2K displays, system requirements will be much lower
- Requires supported Intel / AMD / NVIDIA main GPU and WDDM compatible driver (most recent systems meet this requirement).
- Ethernet port requires full-duplex network infrastructure.
- Updated USB 3.0 host controller drivers and graphics drivers suggested for best performance and compatibility.
Cannot be mixed with non-DisplayLink USB graphics adapters and drivers (e.g. MCT, j5, or SMSC).
Mac OS X, ARM-based versions of Windows (Surface RT) and Linux/Unix are not supported.
Supports a single HDMI display up to 3840×2160@30Hz, or dual 1920×1200 displays @60Hz DVI dual-link connection not supported. 3840×2160 (4K) resolution only available with native HDMI monitor. 4K not supported when using HDMI-to-DVI adapter/cable or DVI monitor.
Does not support HDCP, and will not allow for playback of encrypted Bluray disks or copy-protected content.
Suggested for web/productivity software; not recommended for gaming.
USB graphics devices, like the UD-5900, are “virtual” devices where much of the heavy lifting is done by the CPU, by hooking into the graphics stack. The DirectX APIs used by games assume direct hardware access (a PCIe graphics card). DisplayLink’s drivers attempt to emulate as much of the functionality as possible, which is why some 3D functionality (like that needed for desktop and apps) works.
We don’t recommend running games with USB graphics, because this emulation cannot be perfect. And even without specific compatibility problems, performance will always be a challenge – the extra CPU work required for USB graphics will be a source of reduced frame rates and problems. Normal desktop and application use are fine because they don’t push the system as hard as 3D games do.
Common problems experienced when trying to run a game on a USB graphics adapter include:
- Games not launching
- Games crashing
- Screen flickering
- Screen going black
Power and Charging
Functions as a standard USB hub, but also has special charging functionality for charging phones and tablets via the two front USB 3.0 ports that comply with the USB-IF Battery Charging (BC) specification revision 1.2. When a BC 1.2 compliant device is attached to one of the two front USB 3.0 ports, it can charge at a faster rate (up to 1.5A vs 500mA of a standard port) while syncing data. Compatible devices such as the Apple iPhone and iPad (Apple 30 pin dock connector iPads will not charge), plus various Android and Windows devices are supported. Not all devices support BC 1.2 charge and sync functionality.
Does not provide power to attached host laptop or tablet; the host system will still require its power cable/charger.
In the Box
The Plugable UD-5900 comes with a UL certified 5V/4A (20W) power adapter (US AC Wall Outlet Plug, 100-240V 50/60Hz); a USB 3.0 Type-A male to Type-B male cable (USB 2.0 compatible); a passive DVI-to-VGA port adapter; a quick-install guide; drivers CD and a VESA mount with screws
The UD-5900 docking station includes a VESA mounting bracket compatible with both 100mm and 75mm hole mount patterns (along with the necessary screws) to enable mounting the dock to the back of a compatible monitor to free up additional space on your desk. Please check your monitor manual to confirm if your monitor supports this functionality.
Docking Station Comparison* 2560x1440 output only available when using a single HDMI display connected through the dock. If dual displays are connected, each will be limited to a maximum resolution of 1920x1200. 2560x1440 output requires a "High Speed" HDMI cable. 2560x1440 mode will operate at a 50Hz refresh rate; all lower modes support 60Hz refresh. 2560x1440 output requires current DisplayLink drivers and attached monitor must natively support 2560x1440 via HDMI input (most 2560x1600 monitors do not support 2560x1440)
** 3840×2160 output only available when using a single HDMI display. If dual displays are connected, each will be limited to a maximum resolution of 1920×1200. 3840×2160 output requires a “High Speed” HDMI cable. 3840×2160 mode operates at a 30Hz refresh rate; all lower modes support 60Hz refresh. 3840×2160 output requires current DisplayLink drivers and attached monitor must natively support 3840×2160 via HDMI input
† Only for supported tablets. Please see plugable.com/ud-pro8 for more details
Feel free to contact us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions. Whether you’ve purchased the UD-5900 and need support or you’re considering a purchase and would like help understanding this adapter’s features, we’re here to help.
FAQDo Plugable USB docking stations and graphics adapters support Windows 10? Windows 10 drivers are available for all of our USB docking stations and graphics adapters. As with any new operating system, Plugable recommends that users wait before upgrading any mission critical systems. For additional information on Plugable USB graphics devices and Windows 10, please check out our blog post covering things more in depth.
Q: 3840×2160 Functionality
A: 3840×2160 output only available when using a single HDMI display. If dual displays are connected, each will be limited to a maximum resolution of 1920×1200. 3840×2160 output requires a “High Speed” HDMI cable. 3840×2160 mode operates at a 30Hz refresh rate; all lower modes support 60Hz refresh. 3840×2160 output requires current DisplayLink drivers and attached monitor must natively support 3840×2160 via HDMI input
Q: What does the blue LED on the Plugable UD-5900 indicate?
A: The blue LED indicates that the Plugable UD-5900 is receiving power from the adapter.
Q: What do the green and amber LEDs on the Ethernet port on the Plugable UD-5900 indicate?
A: The green link LED on the Ethernet port on the Plugable UD-5900 is an indication that the Ethernet cable plugged into the port is live and it stays steady as long as the live cable is plugged in. The blinking amber activity LED is an indications that data is transferring through the port.
Both these LEDs will not light up when:
- The drivers for the dock have not installed properly or is corrupted
- The Ethernet Cable plugged in is not live or is faulty
- The port has failed
Q: When I plug an Ethernet cable into the dock, none of the LEDs light up, and I do not get assigned a valid IP address. What could be causing this?
A: The Ethernet controller in the docking station requires a full duplex connection. Half duplex connections are not supported.
Often, the issue is caused by older Ethernet hubs and/or cabling that do not support full duplex connections.
Q: Why does the “Display Color Calibration” tool in Windows seems to have no effect on the display(s) attached to my dock?
A: The DisplayLink GPU does not support color calibration functionality. Most monitors have built-in controls that can be used to adjust the characteristics of the display, though we realize this approach may not be ideal in all cases. For environments that necessitate near-perfect color reproduction and display calibration capabilities via software, a dedicated graphics card is recommended.
Q: Can the UD-5900 charge host computer devices like the Dell Venue 8 Pro?
A: The UD-5900 offers no host device charging capabilities.
Q: Why does my wireless mouse or keyboard appear sluggish or not work properly when used with the dock?
A: Most USB receivers for wireless mice and keyboards operate in the 2.4Ghz band. When connecting the receiver to any USB 3.0 port there is potential for interference that can affect the devices performance. The most effective method is to add a short USB 2.0 extension cable between the dock and the receiver to mitigate the effect, and many wireless keyboards and mice come with such a cable for this reason.
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