USB-C to USB 3.0 adapter

Am I able to use a USB-C to USB 3.0 adapter to connect a non USB-C laptop? Will it work and/or will it reduce the functionality of the docking station?

Thanks for asking! I’d be happy to help.

We speak to this on our website. I’ve copied it below for your reference:

" Legacy System Support (Non USB-C)

The UD-ULTC4K relies upon new functionality introduced with USB 3.1 and as such is not recommended with USB 3.0/2.0 legacy systems. If you have a legacy USB-A (3.0) system we would recommend our UD-3900, UD-5900, or UD-6950 instead.

If attached to a legacy USB 3.0 system using a USB 3.1 rated Type-C to Type-A adapter cable, the dock will have limited functionality and is why we market this dock as incompatible with legacy systems. Only the ports controlled by the DisplayLink chip (two video outputs, audio and Ethernet) will be functional; the Alt Mode video output and USB Power Delivery/Charging will not function on legacy systems.

Please take caution if purchasing a Type-C to Type-A adapter cable as many cables on the market do not follow proper USB Type-C Power Delivery signalling and could potentially cause damage to your system or dock!"

Please don’t hesitate to let us know of other questions.

Thank you and best wishes!
Joshua Henry
Plugable Technologies

Hi Joshua_H,

Understood. I have 3 monitors that I’d like to utilize, do you have another docking station model that supports 3 display with USB 3.0 connection to laptop?

Unfortunately we don’t have an all-in-one solution. However, a dual display USB 3.0 dock can be combined with a USB 3.0 single output graphics adapter for three displays total.

An example of the above combination could be: (or any of our other USB 3.0 dual-display docks)

and (we have other versions available if you need DVI, etc)

Happy to help narrow down the selection based on your needs if needed.


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