How to share a docking station between two computers with the Plugable Sharing Switch

How to share a docking station between two computers with the Plugable Sharing Switch

With the Plugable Sharing Switch (USB3-SWITCH2), you can share a single USB 3.0 device or an entire USB 3.0 docking station between two computers. Even switch between a laptop and desktop computer. In this video, you’ll learn how to extend the potential of this one-touch wonder by pairing it with a DisplayLink-based docking station.

Learn more about the USB3-SWITCH2: https://amzn.to/3siamxb
Learn more about the UD-3900Z: https://amzn.to/3IoQReP
Learn more about the UD-6950Z: https://amzn.to/3rF8W2r

If you have questions on connections, let us know in the comments. You can also contact our support team at support@plugable.com.

50 Comments

  1. Tara S Christie on March 24, 2022 at 5:51 pm

    My personal laptop is a Chromebook and the new work laptop I just received runs on Windows. I have 2 external monitors, one Logitech mouse & keyboard set, and docking stations for each laptop. Would something like this work for me? Right now I have it set up so that one monitor works for each laptop but the problem is the mouse & keyboard will only work on one at a time. Hellllllllpp!!! LOL

  2. Issam Hijazi on March 24, 2022 at 5:52 pm

    Does this work with a CalDigit TS3 Plus?

  3. sengarsumit on March 24, 2022 at 5:53 pm

    Does this support windows 11 desktop computer with windows 10 laptop?

  4. Rik Willem on March 24, 2022 at 5:54 pm

    Cool!

  5. Skrenja on March 24, 2022 at 5:55 pm

    Does it work at 1440p 270hz?

  6. Philip Choi on March 24, 2022 at 5:55 pm

    Hi im currently having a desktop with two samsung monitors and m1 macbook air for my school work. At home, I will do my work on my desktop but sometimes I need to continue work from school using my macbook air and want to use the two monitors for my mac. But as u can guess, the two cables are directly connected to the desktop using hdmi cables. So only way I can use the monitors for my macbook is plug out one of the hdmi cable from the desktop and connect it to my macbook using the usb hub – and worse m1 doesn’t support two external monitors.
    In such case, can I do the same with ur products? In the video I see it’s dell laptop. For my macbook air, to connect usb cable, I will use USB hub. Also, from other plugable video on connecting two external monitors for m1 macbook, the docking station allowed the two monitor connection.
    Pardon me for such a long and unorganised qn.
    Will ur products, docking station and usb switcher, work for my case?
    I want to switch two monitors smoothly for my desktop and m1 macbook air.

  7. Doug Vogt on March 24, 2022 at 5:55 pm

    Will the USB2-switch work with the 3900Z? I can’t find the USB3-Switch2

  8. Henrik Eijsink on March 24, 2022 at 5:58 pm

    Does this mean that all data for the two screens, mouse, and keyboard all go through one usb cabel from each pc? Is that even possible?

  9. Moy's on March 24, 2022 at 5:58 pm

    so this is incorrect because your dock is USB C and your switch is USB A which means we have to buy an additional USB C to USB A dongle. So frustrating

  10. debra carlin on March 24, 2022 at 6:00 pm

    My work Hp laptop is connected to all my peripherals via HP lightning doc. I can manually switch to my personal Mac mini by moving the lightning cable from the HP laptop to my Mac. Can I use the Plugable Sharing switch instead?

  11. sleepingtiger on March 24, 2022 at 6:00 pm

    anyone remember KVM switches!?

  12. souljasky999 on March 24, 2022 at 6:01 pm

    when will the switch be back in stock?

  13. Monaliza Hip on March 24, 2022 at 6:01 pm

    It’s vdo over usb3 right ? How can I do setup ?

  14. Scott Dale on March 24, 2022 at 6:02 pm

    Will this work with a Lenovo USB C Docking Station?

  15. Matthew Dares on March 24, 2022 at 6:02 pm

    I have two dell laptops both with USB-C Chargers. With a setup like this can both laptops be charged when it is not the selected device for monitor and peripherals, or would they need to have their own chargers plugged in as well?

  16. Crypto Yummy on March 24, 2022 at 6:06 pm

    Does this support ultra fast response for gaming applications

  17. 57 Kod on March 24, 2022 at 6:06 pm

    It is any like that for thunderbolt 3? I need to share an audio interface between two macs.

  18. Lance Rose on March 24, 2022 at 6:08 pm

    Can I do this with 2 Laptops

  19. The Epic Savage on March 24, 2022 at 6:08 pm

    i have this set up done, but when i switch back to PC, all monitors revert to one wallpaper when both monitors had different wallpapers

  20. Olle Bröms on March 24, 2022 at 6:09 pm

    I have extreme gaming PC that I also work on like 3090 OC, 5950X, DSLR webcam, a lot of usb gadgets (I filled 10-14 USB ports in a usb hub that is connected to my computer) and Samsung G9 240hz display. My newest client didn’t any me to use my own computer so they gave me a laptop instead. I would like to use all my gear with their laptop but I don’t want a bottleneck when I play games. The monitor has pretty high res and also 240hz. Is there any solutions for this?

  21. Pierre McGrail on March 24, 2022 at 6:11 pm

    Just curious, what was the 2nd cable connected to the laptop for ?

  22. REAL6 on March 24, 2022 at 6:14 pm

    Nice. Do you know if this will work on iMacs from 2017 27inch for three external monitors or is it limited to just two?

  23. Sergio Bilello on March 24, 2022 at 6:15 pm

    How to make it work with 2 Macs One MacBook Pro and a Macbook Air M1 and 2 displays connected via HDMI?

  24. Geoff Huang on March 24, 2022 at 6:15 pm

    Normally docks can also charge your laptop. In this case, does it still charge your laptop or do you need a separate charging cable for your laptop?

  25. Lucca Sangpur on March 24, 2022 at 6:17 pm

    Why does nobody realize, that nobody wants the ports on oposing sides of the switch. That’s just one more cable clutter monster on your desk…

  26. Michael Paschos on March 24, 2022 at 6:17 pm

    Great video! Thank you!

  27. Brian Hiatt on March 24, 2022 at 6:18 pm

    Is this a USB-C connection?

  28. Annika Ohm on March 24, 2022 at 6:20 pm

    This is the exsact set up I need, I have a PC tower and a laptop I need to switch between. I cant see what the docking station + sharing switch plugs into in the PC tower? What kind of port does it use. How can I be sure it will be compatable with my PC tower?

  29. Dean Lee on March 24, 2022 at 6:21 pm

    Hi Plugable, Does this still connect one computer if one of computer is off? Can also connect monitor without turn on both computers(only one of computers turns on)?

  30. Jordan S on March 24, 2022 at 6:21 pm

    This is awesome. I have two macbooks with two peripheral 4k displays. I noticed there is only one HDMI port. Will I get that same display quality when using the plugable DS and also the switching device?

  31. Jason Taylor on March 24, 2022 at 6:23 pm

    Would be great if something like this existed for Thunderbolt 3 or 4.

  32. Dest4sd on March 24, 2022 at 6:24 pm

    Could you please tell me if it will work with dell 3100 docking station that I already have? So I could switch all gadgets connected to my docking station between 2 laptops

  33. Guillaume Prud'homme on March 24, 2022 at 6:25 pm

    Sadly out of stock 🙁

  34. ScoutAndMcKenna on March 24, 2022 at 6:28 pm

    Also want a thunderbolt 4 switcher. Please make ASAP 😊

  35. gilgamesh.of.urk on March 24, 2022 at 6:29 pm

    A lot of work laptop computers have app locker and would not be able to install the Display Link driver.

  36. idan hazan on March 24, 2022 at 6:29 pm

    Does this setup work with Dell Inspiron 15 Gaming 7567
    add Mac?
    Thanks!

  37. Edward Ziemiński on March 24, 2022 at 6:31 pm

    Hello, what about Linux support?
    And what if I want to switch among 4 computers? Is there a KVM for 4 devices that could handle also the docking station?

  38. Muhammad Abdullah on March 24, 2022 at 6:32 pm

    is ther any input lag?

  39. Manzurul Nazim on March 24, 2022 at 6:32 pm

    Hello, I have a Dell D3100 docking station which works with USB 3.0 for both of my laptops. Will the switch work with the docking station?

  40. Person One on March 24, 2022 at 6:33 pm

    I’VE ALREADY GOT A DOCK from another Brand (soz) – Will it work with that too? (Or, any/other/all docks?); 
    Also, referring to the arranging of windows demonstrated in the video: What if the two computers one wanted to switch between were two desktops and not one desktop/one laptop – I understand the need to perform this potentially repetitive task when operating a laptop, however, if the two machines are desktops and therefor not “re-defaulting” to any built in display would the screen arrangements remain in the state as they were left? Or, would it be a giant pain in my A?;
    Also, when are docking stations likely to come bad-ass enough that they have the kvm switch built-in (do you reckon?)?
    Also, what Dylan Ortiz said. (I don’t know why this didn’t tag him)

  41. JamoUp on March 24, 2022 at 6:33 pm

    this is cool. be great if you had a thunderbolt version

  42. Nickolas Batis on March 24, 2022 at 6:36 pm

    Hi Plugable, does the sharing switch work with the usb-ctriple 4k hdmi displayport display horizontal docking station? UD-6950PDZ? Thanks in advance.

  43. Brandon Davey on March 24, 2022 at 6:37 pm

    Is there a Thunderbolt version of this?

  44. Chris Tackett on March 24, 2022 at 6:39 pm

    I bought these products and they do not work. Not sure why but was a waste of money

  45. Mohammad Eshghi on March 24, 2022 at 6:40 pm

    Hello, I have two questions. First, is it possible to connect 3 monitors this way — one MacBook-Pro M1 chip and one PC with Linux? Second, do the docking station and the switch support 4k moniotrs?

  46. Matt A on March 24, 2022 at 6:44 pm

    I beg you to make a Thunderbolt 3+ switch!

  47. WiseEyes on March 24, 2022 at 6:47 pm

    As a tech noob, the diagrams was all I needed to understand what was going on so thank you!! Only problem is these r out of stock on amazon. Also I can’t download the thing you said as I have restrictions on my work laptop. Are there any ways around this?

  48. Justin Tom /JT on March 24, 2022 at 6:47 pm

    Is it comaptiable with two 1440p monitors

  49. enditend on March 24, 2022 at 6:47 pm

    what are you using to connect the docking and plugable device ? usb-a to usb-a cable?

  50. Sagar Satpute on March 24, 2022 at 6:50 pm

    Great video!! I have Samsung G9 49" monitor which I have connected to my personal computer and work laptop. Everytime I want to use them, I have to unplug mouse and keyboard and plug them in different sources in order to operate them. Do you know how this switch would work with single monitor and 2 different sources + keyboard + mouse?

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