Dell Docking Station Ports and Connections Setup

Dell USB-C Docking Station WD19 130 Watt

Dell Docking Stations purchased through WCER are similar to the model below. Docks work with Dells that have USB-C connections. This includes Dell Latitude 7480 and 7400 series laptops. Also compatible with Dell XPS models that have a USB-C port connection.

Below image is of the ports both on the front and rear of a Dell WD19 Docking Station - tags and numeric references to port names provided.

WD19 Image Front Rear Ports

Connection of Dell WD19 USB-C Docking Station to Dell Laptop

Connect power adapter to Dell Docking Station and plug in to AC power.  A larger power adapter and cable was included in the box your docking station came in.  Your laptop will charge through the dock while it is connected.

Dell Dock Power Adapter and Dock Power

Connect your powered-off laptop to the docking station with the usb c cable at the end of the dock. (images 1 and 2 below)

usb c dock to laptop port dell

Dell Dock connection cable - 1

usb c dell dock connection cable

USB-C port on side of Dell laptop - 2

USB C port dell laptop side view

After connection, press the power button on the docking station (Image 3) to start the laptop.  Starting in this sequence allows the laptop to "sense" that it is docked and check for any dock-connected external monitors.

Docking Station Power Button - 3

dell docking station power button

Many use wireless internet connections at home.  If internet speed slows, or reliability is sporadic, the back of the docking station has an ethernet port for directly connecting an ethernet cable.  When laptop is connected to the dock, plugging an active ethernet cable into the back ethernet port of the dock (labeled as port 9 above) temporarily disables the laptop's wireless connection; and sets the ethernet connection as the primary internet source.

Users without docking stations may want to consider ordering a USB-C Ethernet Adapter Dongle.  Priced at about $40, these dongles permit modern laptops to connect to an active wired ethernet connection.  In the image below, a Dell Ethernet Dongle is shown. 

Dell Ethernet Adapter Dongle

Keywords:Dell Docking Station USB DisplayPort miniDisplayPort USB3 USB-C DVI Cable Types WD 19 USB-A Power Button Setup Overview Dock   Doc ID:106418
Owner:Dave P.Group:WCER Technical Services
Created:2020-10-06 14:13 CDTUpdated:2023-02-01 16:40 CDT
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