Found this after a quick search on amazon, although there are some comments that say it doesn’t work with thunderbolt docks. One comment specifically stated that the Thunderbolt spec doesn’t have regulations for extension cables like these, but I can neither confirm nor deny that, so buy at your own risk.
How about a dongle dock? It could maybe come in different sizes but have slots for many cards. There could either be some sort of selector for picking which slot or slots are connected or just ports for every card that the cable can be plugged into to select which to use. Here’s a little mock-up of what I mean by “dock.”
@XenoCow I mean that would be amazing but i neither have the knowledge nor the tools to create that, would be an awesome project idea for people interested in it.
It’d probably work a bit like that Kingston dock just with the ability to add actual Storage Expansion cards instead of only SD/USB.
(tbh, i think the expansion cards would just fit in the workflow dock anyways, although it would look pretty jank)
I have been thinking a lot about dongle dock too. It’s so obvious idea to make every expansion slot a lot more reusable. I would actually thinking of not buying a lot of expansion slot and use just dongle which I already have producing no e-waste. Also non framework laptop user could buy and use this out of the box
What preventing this from happening technically? Is limited in speed of USB c port? It’s quite low hanging fruit idea here or I misunderstand something.
It would probably require that the dock either drop support for alt modes (USB 3.x only, no video) or be Thunderbolt- or USB4-enabled which is difficult and expensive to design and may require an NDA with Intel to get access to the controllers.