1. garak0410's Avatar
    My CEO told me to purchase a Surface Pro this weekend. He is looking for one himself to act as a laptop replacement so he can take between his office and his other office (was appointed county judge for the next 2 years.) So, I purchased a USB to Ethernet cable that got good reviews and will purchase a USB hub for his printers.

    Has anyone tried connecting a USB hub up with a USB to Ethernet and other USB devices connected? Once each one has been set up, has it been smooth to connect in just one cable?

    Also, how is connecting to a domain with the Surface Pro? Pretty seamless?

    02-18-2013 09:11 AM
  2. Funky Cricket's Avatar
    we haven't tried the USB hub yet, but my boss got a pro, and it joins a domain just like any other win8 pro OS.
    Be interested to see how the USB docking goes. I think targas has an all in one USB dock: Amazon.com: Targus USB 3.0 SuperSpeed Dual Video Docking Stationwith Power (ACP71USZ): Electronics
    02-18-2013 09:27 AM
  3. mlcooper54's Avatar
    I purchased a Toshiba Dynadock USB 3.0. The dock is here...waiting on my Surface Pro 128. Reviews looked good.

    Amazon.com: Toshiba Dynadock Docking Station (PA3927U1PRP): Computers & Accessories
    02-18-2013 10:13 AM
  4. garak0410's Avatar
    Great tips...I'll look at these docking stations...
    02-18-2013 10:16 AM
  5. runamuck83's Avatar
    It's just like any other Windows PC in terms of joining a domain. I've been using mine as my primary office PC for the last week. Works brilliantly!

    All I did was buy a simple 8 port USB hub, and a Mini DisplayPort to DVI Cable.
    02-18-2013 08:53 PM
  6. Artikas's Avatar
    Not sure if you ended up getting the docking station. But we have purchased the surface Pro with the targus ACP71USZ. It seemed to work fine but it has a huge downfall. the software needed for the targus dock called DisplayLink will mess with the Metro operating system. It will cause the metro apps to take 2-3x longer to boot up. Once the software is uninstalled everything will run fine again. I am running DisplayLink Version 7.1 M1.

    Has anyone else had this issue?
    03-15-2013 06:39 PM
  7. mlcooper54's Avatar
    Artikas - my Toshiba Dynadock was refurbished. Once I received my Surface I updated to DisplayLink 7.1 M1. I could not get the Dynadock to work at all so I've returned it as defective. I'm holding off on replacing it until I see someone gets the two to work together....or until DisplayLink comes up with newer driver. I've ordered a mini DisplayPort to DVI adapter in the meantime. I still like the idea of having multiple big monitors on my Surface. - Mark Cooper
    03-15-2013 11:27 PM
  8. Dewg_Zom's Avatar
    Easy to solve. Go into desktop IE. Tools. Internet Options. Advanced tab. Check the box: Use software rendering... restart the Surface Pro. Problem solved.
    03-16-2013 12:39 AM
  9. Dewg_Zom's Avatar
    As for docking stations, of you have a USB3 dock, try it with a USB2 cable and see if it works.
    03-16-2013 12:40 AM
  10. cme4oil's Avatar

    For those of you with docking stations, there is supposed to be a fix released for the 10 second delay and some ethernet issues at the end of the month in the DisplayLink 7.2 update.

    We have a fix for the 10 second delay when opening apps. This will be in 7.2.

    We're also updating the Ethernet driver to be more performant. During the development of this a few bugs have been discovered and fixed that could cause issues. Hopefully the Ethernet in 7.2, released at the end of the month will eliminate these issues. Testing internally so far is going well.
    03-16-2013 06:00 AM

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