What is a docking station and what is it for?

by sogrow team

What is a docking station and what is it for?

A docking station is a stationary device with connectors for electronic devices used for quick connection to power cables, data transmission, voice or multimedia traffic. 

You can find different names: "DockStation", "Dockingstation", "Port-Replicator", "Expansion Port", "Port-Replicator", "Dockingstation" all mean the same in design: extend the functionality of the computer. 

Unlike desktop computers, laptops or notebooks always lack ports and connectors and inputs. If it is always easy to connect the necessary controller or an additional bracket to a PC, then laptop owners had to be content with the series of connections and inputs that the manufacturer placed on the side walls. 

Manufacturers have created docking stations that are small devices that connect to laptops and provide them with a complete set of all ports and connections that only a PC owner can use: multiple USB ports, additional  PS / 2, VGA, SVideo and DVI video outputs, analogue and digital audio connections, PCMCIA or Express Card slots and even LPT and COM connections. 

In addition to the ports and connectors, a power supply unit can be incorporated into the docking station. 

There may also be compartments for an additional battery, hard drive, or optical drive. 

A port replicator differs from a full docking station in its compact size: it only expands the range of ports and does not offer space for the installation of additional units or batteries. 

Each manufacturer has its docking connector or port replicator connector. So if you need a device like this, the best thing to do is look for a model with the same brand as your laptop. 

There are also universal docking stations and port replicators. 

These models generally connect to laptops through the USB interface.