USB-C/Thunderbolt Dock Megathread

Are you looking for a Thunderbolt/USB-C dock for your Framework laptop? This wiki entry will provide a list of docks the community has tried and tested.


[Note: this is a wiki post. If you have information to add/change (either information you yourself discovered, or just things said by other users in this thread but not yet added to the wiki table), then you can edit this post itself by clicking the button just above to the right, with the stylized pencil-in-a-box icon.]


Notes: looking for devices worth testing, and performing tests:

  • Wattage: At least 60W is needed to charge the laptop. If the dock provides greater than or equal to 60W, then it passes this criteria.
  • Port Compatibility: Please test all ports on your dock to ensure they work as expected. If a port does not work, please make note of this in the notes section. This note may be removed by future reviewers if it is found the issue has been rectified by the manufacturer.
  • OS Compatibility: Most will list Windows and MacOS out of the box, but please make a note if you find that a particular OS is not compatible.
  • Driver Requirements: Some docks require proprietary drivers. If this is the case, please make note of this and provide a link to download the driver.

Notes: adding info to the table:

  • Cost: Don’t bother marking down prices in the table. (They fluctuate and we can’t provide a live price, so the dock-shopper will want to check at the vendor’s site anyway.)
  • Specs: If you don’t feel like it, there’s no pressure to bother filling out details like number and type of ports, Thunderbolt 3 or 4, etc etc – there are still so few entries that it wouldn’t really be useful to a dock-shopper trying to start filtering the list for something that meets what they want.
  • “Vendors”: ([?] Also feel free to leave this empty if all you’d be doing is pasting a link to amazon or whatever – prolly safe to assume a dock-shopper knows how to search amazon themself, right?)
  • “Model number”: Note distinction: put model number, not serial number
    (
    ie, the model number (should) uniquely identify the specific model of product, so people can buy the exact same one,
    whereas the serial number (should) uniquely identify the actual one specific physical device that you own, which should by default be private information to you the owner.
    (It is very unlikely anyone would/could use a serial number to hack you or whatever, but the model number is the only useful thing to share anyway.)
    )

Supported Docks

This table is provided for and maintained by the community. Inclusion in this table does not constitute endorsement by Framework Computer, Inc. Framework Computer, Inc. is not liable for any damage caused to your laptop by use or misuse of these docks and you do so at your own risk.

Name Model Number Vendors Contributing Users Notes
Lenovo ThinkPad Thunderbolt 3 Dock 40AN0135US B&H Photo Video, amazon.com @Foxtrek_64
Caldigit TS3 Plus TS3PLUS-US07-SG [?] amazon.ca @Nathan_Merkley
  • Everything seems to work.
  • Tested on: Fedora 34. [? ie, it worked plug-and-play, or any special notes on config/drivers etc?]
  • Issues: random swapping of monitor display names in xrandr on wakeup from sleep (ie monitor wakeup, not just system [?]), messing up monitor positioning. [? “random” ie it only happens occasionally…?]
  • Audio jack not fully confirmed, but shows up as audio device.
Anker PowerExpand 13-in-1 USB-C Dock Amazon @JP_Powers Mostly works in Ubuntu 21.04, gave up on though because it can’t do dual video out. Only 1 of the 3 video outs on the dock will function at a time for me. May work better in Windows.
Aukey CBC71 USAN1011417 AUKEY 8-ini-1 USB-C Hub with 100W PD - CB-C71 @A_L
  • Linux Mint xfce 20.2 with kernel 5.11.0-25: USB-C (power-in and external drive), USB-A x3 (external drive), wired ethernet, HDMI video out work without any futzing. Pending testing of HDMI audio out
Aukey CBC68 AUKEY Unity Link 7-in-1 USB-C PD II 100W Hub (Black) @Davy_bell
  • Windows 10 (no drivers needed): USB-C (power in), USB-A (gen 3) x3, HDMI video (4K at 30hz) Count not test hdmi audio, Sd card and micro sd reader work (not at same time since they share a controller)
Dell TB16 K16A Unavailable @Kevin_Gilliatt
  • Windows: Requires windows drivers. Windows drivers are required for dock function.
  • Windows 11: Loses connectivity to the dock on power on. Reconnects once drivers load.
Dell D6000 with DisplayLink 452-BCYT [?] amazon.ca, amazon.ca, refurbished @Reese_Borel Will test (batch 3)
Belkin TB-3 Dock Pro F4U097 [or F4U097tt?] belkin.com, amazon.com (not on ca?) @CraigO Testing (expect to work)
Blitzwolf BW-TH14 TH14-DP BlitzWolf BW TH14 15 in 1 USB C Docking Station PC Computer Accessories Extensor USB Hub Laptop Accessories Type C 1000Mbps|USB Hubs| - AliExpress @Davy_bell Windows 10 (no drivers needed):
  • USB-C (power in)
  • USB3-A x4
  • USB2-A x2
  • USB-C/TB3 (out) x2
  • USB-C (in) x1
  • Ethernet x1
  • HDMI x2
  • DP x1 (Tested both hdmi and DP with 4K out*) Count not test hdmi audio
  • 3.5mm Jack (combo jack, only tested sound, not mic).
  • *Quickly tested that 2 monitors work (did not try 3)
  • **I HAD to use a Thunderbolt 3 cable, USB-C cables were not working, laptop was cycling connecting/disconnecting.
Dell Dock WD15 WD15 amazon.ca @kipcode66 Linux Manjaro (no driver needed)
  • 7.4mm 180W barrel plug (power in)
  • USB 3.0 x3 (one with PowerShare)
  • USB 2.0 x2
  • Gigabit Ethernet x1 (could not test)
  • VGA (max 1920x1200 @ 60hz
  • HDMI (max 4k x 2k @ 30hz
  • mini DP (could not test)
  • 2 audio jack ports
  • White indicator LED x2 (not working)
* I could only test on Manjaro Linux, but I should soon be able to get a windows installation key. I will edit this once it’s done.
Lenovo LDC-G2 Amazon @Alec_Jurisch Windows 10 (no drivers needed):
  • USB-C (power in 65W Max)
  • USB-C 3.2 SS (Front)
  • USB 3.1 10 Gbps x2 (1 on front and 1 on back)
  • USB 3.1 10 Gbps (PD)
  • USB 2.0
  • Combo 3.5mm audio jack (front)
  • DP x2
  • HDMI
  • Gigabit Ethernet
UGREEN USB-C Dock with Ethernet Amazon @Alec_Jurisch Windows 10 (no drivers needed):
  • USB-C (power in)
  • USB 3.0 x3
  • Combo 3.5mm audio jack
  • VGA
  • HDMI
  • Gigabit Ethernet
Dell WD19TB Dell.com Rob_NoVA All functions appear to work out of the box. Have installed latest Dell drivers (except for WD19TB firmware update).

Unsupported Docks

Name Model Number Vendors Contributing Users Notes
Dell WD19TB Amazon @Alec_Jurisch / @JP_Powers Can’t get to work with drivers and without. Does work as power delivery and USB Hub. / Confirmed, only draws power. Tested in Ubuntu 21.04 and Windows 10.
Kensington SD5700T Amazon @JP_Powers Win 10 & Ubuntu 21.04: Power works, nothing else. Works very, very briefly before disconnecting. Spoke to Kensington support, they said since the laptop isn’t TB4 certified yet they can’t really help.

Format Table

Inclusion in this table does not denote compatibility or lack thereof. Please do not edit this table unless contributing to the table format specification.

Name Model Number Vendors Contributing Users Notes
Name of the dock, such as how it appears in the product listing. For some listings, such as where the model number is part of the name, just listing the manufacturer is fine. If the dock has a model number (major brands do), include it here so it can be searched for on other sites. Provide links to vendors here. Please remove remove any tracking arguments from URLs first, such as the ones included with Amazon URLs. See ClearURLs for a plugin that does this for you. Tag users who contributed to testing if a device is compatible. Feel free to add yourself here if you have also tested this dock. List any relevant compatibility notes here, such as if an unsupported dock will be supported in the future or if a supported dock requires a certain OS or driver to function properly.
Dell WD19TB amazon.com,
newegg.com, microcenter.com @Foxtrek_64 Sample Entry.

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Added Lenovo 40AN0135US.

I’ll dig into the audio issue in the near future, but if anyone has any thoughts in the mean time they would be appreciated. Fortunately, the audio jack on the laptop is fully functional and, in my setup, accessible, so I’m using that for the time being.

Lenovo’s website only has drivers for Windows 10, but it could just be a matter of finding the right generic Thunderbolt Audio driver for Fedora and being done with it.

I’ll update the notes when I find a solution.

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I have a Dell TB16 dock (which I hate) and will be testing it soon. I’ll report back. My memework laptop should be in next month.

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Lenovo Thunderbolt 3 Dock, Gen 2 (40AN0135US) Audio Issue

This guide is provided for those using this dock on Fedora 34. This may help people on other distros, but this fix has only been confirmed on Fedora 34.

In short: the firmware for the dock does not come pre-installed and must be installed manually. However, the firmware is only released as a public beta. I have performed the install of the firmware and have tested the device and found it to be functioning properly, so I will provide a guide here.

Sources:

To install the firmware, use fwupdmgr. Perform these operations as root or sudo.

  1. fwupdmgr --version – Ensure fwupdmgr is installed. If it is not, use dnf install fwupd.
  2. fwupdmgr refresh --force – Get all latest packages. Install any now before continuing. Reboot if prompted.
  3. fwupdmgr enable-remote lvfs-testing --assume-yes – Opt into lvfs testing branch. This is required to download the firmware for Lenovo’s Thunderbolt dock.
  4. fwupdmgr refresh --force – Download latest update information.
  5. fwupdmgr get-updates – Preview which devices and firmware packages are in need of updating.
  6. fwupdmgr update – Perform the update. This will take a few minutes. Reboot once finished.

I do not have any headphones with a mic and a 3.5mm jack, so I cannot test the microphone feature. However, the headphone audio is working as expected.

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I have tested the Dell TB16. All functions appear to work as long as the 4 drivers for the dock are installed from the Dell support website. The only issue is that the light on the dock connector cable does not light up when plugged into the USB-C port on the laptop. I am using sound, ethernet, USB keyboard, wireless mouse dongle, and dual monitors using DisplayPort and HDMI. The front USB ports work and can supply power to charge Bluetooth earbuds. I have been using it for a full day and have not run into any problems. I am using the beta version of Windows 11 on the laptop so I cannot say if it would behave differently with Windows 10 or any Linux variant. Windows drivers can be found at the following link:

https://www.dell.com/support/home/en-us/product-support/product/dell-thunderbolt-dock-tb16/drivers

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Follow up to the Dell TB16 dock. One problem was discovered. The dock will not charge the laptop if the laptop is powered on after it is connected to the dock. It will charge it after Windows loads and then it is connected to the dock.

@Kevin_Gilliatt Is this the Dell 3GMVT TB16 model? Just want to confirm I get the right model number.

On the bottom it says it is model number K16A. A Google search confirmed it is the Dell Thunderbolt Dock TB16. It is old and not sold anymore.

I’ve been using my Framework at work running Fedora 34 with a Caldigit TS3 Plus. Everything seems to work, but I do have an issue where seemingly randomly when I wake the monitors from sleep they will have swapped display names in xrandr so all the windows have swapped screens and my monitor positioning is no longer correct.
I also haven’t tested the audio jack as I don’t have anything to plug into it, but I do see it show up as an audio device

When I get my DIY kit (Batch 3), I’ll be testing with the WD19TB, but in the meantime…

In the example table, for the model number column you said, “If the dock has a serial number (major brands do), include it here so it can be searched for on other sites.” Model numbers and serial numbers are very different things, and it might actually be a bad idea to share serial numbers. I’d rephrase it as, “If the dock has a model number (major brands usually list it on a sticker on back/bottom), include it here for easy searching” or something.

It’s not super common, but sometimes serial numbers can be used to scam people, inappropriately report an item as stolen, etc. Not related to docks, but Samsung is implementing a new feature where they can remotely disable their smart TV’s with just a serial number, which… could be a “fun new prank” for some folks. Mostly mentioning it just to avoid anyone accidentally posting a serial number when it’s unnecessary.

When my DIY batch 3 gets here, I’ll be using the Dell D6000 with DisplayLink. I have no reason to doubt that it will work due to the DisplayLink tech being solid. I’ve used it with Linux/Mac/Windows 10/11 flawlessly. Well, kinda… it killed the Mac to display 3 monitors but didn’t affect Linux or Win…

Belkin TB-3 Dock Pro Model F4U097 here - will report back but all indications w/current usage (win/linux/macos) are positive.

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@Reese_Borel I am using the D600, and have found that everything works as advertised with Windows running.

Edit - one weird glitch after I updated Windows. The battery doesn’t always display that it is charging when plugged into the dock, and I will get a low battery warning after a while. When I reboot, the battery immediately shows 100%.

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Adding HP Elite 90W Thunderbolt 3 Dock (from work teehee). Tested on Windows 10.

This dock charges the PC as well.

There is an issue where it is not detected if plugged in when laptop is turned on. I need to restart if I forget to unplug. Might be a solution in the Thunderbolt software, but haven’t explored.

Those of you testing already - could you also test if it’s possible to wake up from sleep without having to open the lid? I always work in clamshell mode and to me being able to wake up from by pressing a button on the dock is essential.

My Dell TB16 for example comes with a power button and it’s able to wake up Dell laptops (yeah, Dell-Dell only I think, but well, it does work for my current situation).

BTW while the TB16 has been discontinued for a while it’s dirt cheap on eBay and they have lots.

To make things a bit harder on my case, I need a Dock and the mouse, keyboard and monitor are shared with another laptop using a KVM. This is likely to be a problem is wake up has to happen with a keypress for example (the KVM disconnects the device if it’s powered off, so now you can’t use the keyboard to power it on).

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@Carlos_Fernandez_San - welcome to the forum!

I asked a very similar question a couple of days ago - take a look and see if those replies are helpful.

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At work I have a WD19TB with a Dell Ultra Sharp 25". At home I have a LG Ultrafine Ergo that will serve as a display and hub where the Framework will charge and be used in “desk mode”. I don’t foresee any issues, but we’ll see how things go. I’ll make sure to report back my findings.

Added the smaller Aukey (7 in 1) worked well straight out of the box. (Will travel with it)
I also added the Blitzwolf monster dock (My main desk dock now) which took some time to get working. Turned out it worked fine once I bought a ($$$) thunderbolt 3 certified cable. USBC cables (even PD 3, 100W cables) wouldnt work.

I connected both USB-C out (Which you HAVE to do to get multiple monitors per the documentation) initially to test but, I am only using 1 monitor so I just left “USB C 2” connected and everything else works.

I have a Dell WD19TB that I have done some preliminary testing with my DIY Batch 2 laptop and I have had no luck getting the dock to recognize in Windows. I so far have only tested with one of the USB-C ports on the laptop and installed the drivers for the WD19TB dock. I do get a slow charger message in windows to show that the dock is powering the laptop just not at full speed.

I have a Dell Dock WD15 that I tested with my i7-1165G7 laptop on Manjaro.
Product name: Dell Dock WD15
Model: WD15
Vendor: amazon.ca
Notes:
Everything worked out of the box, without having to install additional drivers on Manjaro.

  • I could not test if the Gigabit RJ45 port works or not, since my setup is in a room where I don’t have such a port. However, when using lsusb, it is listed as a few different devices, including Realtek Semiconductor Corp. RTL8153 Gigabit Ethernet Adapter (and it is the only device with ethernet connected to the laptop, so there shouldn’t be any mistakes on that).
  • I tested both HDMI and VGA display ports and they work as expected (although, on manjaro, we need to explicitly ask the OS to display something on them using arandr), but I don’t see why the mini DisplayPort port shouldn’t work, since both the HDMI and VGA are translated from a DisplayPort signal.
  • All the USB ports are working as advertised (Both USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 ports).
  • Both audio jack ports work as well and are detected by the OS.
  • None of the two indicator LEDs are lighting up (the one in the front of the device, and the one on the cable).
  • The laptop charges from the dock normally, and it is advertised as capable of 60W charging for the laptop. In my testing, the dock exceeds even slightly the charger in some cases. Here was my methodology. I used the /sys/class/power_supply/BAT1/voltage_now and /sys/class/power_supply/BAT1/current_now to calculate the power going to/from the battery. I had a test under a light load with a few softwares running in the background (a few terminals, 2 firefox-based browsers with 20+ tabs open on each, discord, and vscode) consuming 12W from the battery, as well as an other heavier test where I also ran glxspheres64 -n 5000 which caped the power consumption at 30W on the battery. Both tests were ran at a battery level of 70%, brightness at 100%. The FW charger was providing 38W to the battery under the light load, and 12W under the heavier load. The WD15 dock was providing 40W to the battery under light load, and 12W under the heavier load.