Operating on a Macbook Pro, looking for a dock that I can just plug into and connect to my hard drives and other USB devices and a secondary monitor. This came highly recommended but it’s been far from consistent with its connectivity. I have updated the drive to the most recent on the site and nothing has changed (so I experienced issues with and without that driver installed).
Ideally, one would want to use the laptop away from the dock, come to the dock and plug in. This at times does not turn on the monitor (the hard drives are always appearing). If I am plugged in and the computer goes to sleep, I need to open the laptop to trigger the dock, and that only triggers the monitor to come on occasionally. At times all I could do to get the monitor to appear was do a full restart, and I would need to make sure I was NOT connected to the dock. Again, hard drives are always appearing.
Is this a fact of life for docks, what are the magic steps to make the monitor turn on (1) when docked already and the computer is off or sleeping, and (2) when I am away and return to plug in again?
MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2020, Four Thunderbolt 3 ports), fully updated.