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:
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.
@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%.
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).
@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.
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
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/current_nowto 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 5000which 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.
One thing I haven’t seen mentioned is none of these Dell docks will be able to have the firmware updated unless you attach them to a genuine Dell laptop.
Dell still supports the WD15, TB16. WD19, D6000 etc. and firmware is periodically released that personally, I like to keep current.
Note to self, don’t bother looking at Dell for my possible dock to buy.
I’m also in the market to purchase a dock for my DIY edition. Excuse my lack of knowledge as I have not used Thunderbolt devices before but if I were to purchase a Thunderbolt4 dock (OWC Thunderbolt Hub), this uses iGPU acceleration and not the CPU? I only have a single 4k 60Hz monitor alongside another USB powered hub for my USB-A devices. I’m just worried about input lag or any performance issues.
I’m looking at this one for my use case. And wondering if anyone had any feedback about it.
[Docking Station Dual Monitor, 14 in 1 USB-C Laptop Docking Station USB Type C Hub Multiport Adapter Dongle with 2 HDMI VGA 5 USB SD/TF Audio for Dell/Surface/HP/Lenovo Laptops Amazon.com](Docking Station Dual Monitor, 14 in 1 USB-C Laptop Docking Station USB Type C Hub Multiport Adapter Dongle with 2 HDMI VGA 5 USB SD/TF Audio for Dell/Surface/HP/Lenovo Laptops Amazon.com)