09-04-2019 05:32 AM
@bbaker: Thank you very much for your research efforts. Your suggestions seem very promising and I'll give that a try.
@benji: thanks to you too. Unfortunately you seem to have become too focused on the USB-C part of the question. My main concern was to get a 2nd monitor to work for extending my desktop onto it. Using the USB-C port for video output would have been the most convenient and elegant solution of course. However, I'm totally happy to use USB-A 3.0 as long as it serves the desired purpose. I will use the USB-C port with a hub now so I can connect other devices to the laptop.
I will report back when I have tested the solution.
09-04-2019 06:28 AM
09-04-2019 06:39 AM - edited 09-04-2019 06:40 AM
09-04-2019 07:48 AM
Usage with Linux? Oh, that might complicate this a little. Neither the AmazonBasics docking station nor the Lenovo docking station are listed as Linux-compatible. And that is the main concern, nowadays still nothing is made for Linux compatibility. Since these Type-A display outputs are also a rather unusual solution, you will probably have even more trouble with Linux. In that case, I also think that Lenovo wouldn't be the best option as Lenovo devices outside of the ThinkPad realm are basically not made or even certified for use with Linux, including a few missing drivers. I would also project that onto the docking station. I mean, why would an accessory be different, after all they are made for Lenovo devices.
09-04-2019 08:07 AM - edited 09-04-2019 08:21 AM
Dell and Thinkpad branded hubs yeah are more likely as they are targeted to business market, and developers, though of course not guaranteed to be Linux compatible. But then most Ideapad notebooks despite not formally "supported" work well with most Linux distro's save for the occasional touchpad device missing drivers.
The Pluggable hub was reported to work with Linux so I might try that one - it would be the safe choice since it's known working.
09-05-2019 04:36 AM
Turns out the Pluggable dock is, or was, also sold under other names: