Is there a guide for "docking" MBP's?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by THEM, Oct 4, 2007.

  1. THEM macrumors newbie

    Oct 4, 2007
    I'm looking for some hints/tips/guide to "docking" my MBP. I would like to have it usually connected to an external monitor, keyboard, mouse etc.... with the lid closed. And use it out and about a few times a week.

    Are there any guides for what setup would work best... what to avoid etc?

    Been looking all over and can't find anything.

  2. creator2456 macrumors 68000


    Jul 10, 2007
    What I have done is this:

    - daisy chained 3 4-port powered USB Hubs (going to need a 4th soon) so I only need one USB plugged into the MBP
    - speakers plugged into the audio out (looking into an airport express for airtunes)
    - HDTV connected via DIV-I to HDMI cable
    - Wireless Apple keyboard (wish the new one was full size...may get the wired one cause it types better for me)
    - BT Mighty Mouse
    - magsafe

    With this setup I can disconnect my MBP and have it in my bag w/magsafe and BT MM in under a minute. It takes another minute to set back up.

    I think that what I have is as close to a dock I will get without an official Apple one.
  3. TheStu macrumors 65816

    Aug 20, 2006
    Carlisle, PA
    What I used to do was similar

    2 USB Ports, one daisy chained off the other (Printer, external burner, wireless mouse, external hard drive, other external hard drive, ipod dock)
    Speaker cable
    Power Cable

    And a MiniDVI- VGA adapter for when i hooked up my CRT (rarely ever did).

    I am a little different since I never used the laptop in closed mode, but close enough to it.
  4. MacHiavelli macrumors 65816


    May 17, 2007
    new york
    I was thinking of doing the same but assumed that you could get a monitor with USB ports and plug the mouse and keyboard into that. Would that not work once the monitor is connected to the MPB?
  5. TheStu macrumors 65816

    Aug 20, 2006
    Carlisle, PA
    Yes, so long as you plug the Monitor's USB connector in. It cannot magically take the DVI signal, and turn it partially into USB so you can connect your devices to it, as cool as that would be (one cable to rule them all!) it doesn't work.
  6. yellow Moderator emeritus


    Oct 21, 2003
    Portland, OR
    Ahhh... how I miss ADC connections.
  7. jdechko macrumors 68040

    Jul 1, 2004
    That was my thought. :)

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