We installed a new modem from CenturyLink ( Model C1100Z) and when trying to reconnect to remote web site, I get an error saying that the UPnP is not enable or the modem does not support the UPnP, I have also enable the port forwarding for the specific ports and ensure that the UPnP was enabled. I contacted tech support from CenturyLink and told me that their end was good and nothing should be stopping it from working. I was wondering if there is a work around for this issue.
I wanted to give a quick review of the Plugable UD-3000 USB 3.0 Docking Station in use with Surface Pro
The Plugable UD-3000 USB 3.0 Docking station can be leveraged by any USB 3.0 device, however I have purchased this for use with my Surface Pro. I really enjoy the portability of my Surface Pro, however it is nice to rip the keyboard off and sit it on my desk and go dual monitor with full keyboard and mouse to rock out those Visio, Word, or Power Point documents. This device can be bought at Amazon at the link below:
The docking station has the following ports:
4 USB 2.0 Ports 2 USB 3.0 Ports 1 Headphone 1 Mic 1 DVI 1 10/100/100 Ethernet Port The device comes with converters for DVI to HDMI or SVGA. It also comes with the USB 3.0 cable required to plug into your device (Surface Pro). This is impressive as for the price this is a great deal.
I have mine plugged into a secondary monitor using the HDMI converter and am running a full 1080p screen along with my Surface Pro screen in the dual monitor extended mode. I have seen no issues with video performance. I wouldn't suggest that you try to play a game on this screen, but it performs well under typical scenarios.
The Ethernet port is working great and I am getting no issue with running at full 1000 Mbs.
Drivers for the device come down from windows update with no issue, however do take a few minutes to install. Keep in mind the number of ports and devices this is installing so that is understandable.
The device is mostly shiny plasic finish, but looks nice sitting your desk. The main issues you run into is that the USB and the power are on different sides of the Surface Pro and you still will need an extra power cable if you want to charge while docked. This can be combersome if you don't do some simple cable management. The other negative that I have is the size of the power plug of the device. Unlike the Surface Pro, this device uses one of those huge power converters in the actual plug that can cause you to eat up several ports on a powerstip. So, try to plan for the one on the end if you don't have one of the ones that accomodates this type of plug well.
Overall, I would give this a 9 out of 10. It is a great device and works as expected. There are some things like the power plug that irritate me, but hey it does its job and makes the Surface Pro an awesome desk machine.
Let me know if you guys have any questions about this device and I am happy to run any tests that you might want...
Well, it was time to say goodbye to my Dell Inspiron mini 1012. Over the years, I had upgraded the
RAM from 1 GB to 2GB, Swapped out the spinning disk drive for solid state, and migrated the operating system from Windows 7 Starter, to Windows 7, Windows 8, and now to 8.1 beta.
I had used the mini for a travel computer, to take to the coffee shop, and use in the kitchen (yes, I am that guy who uses a computer in the kitchen). For home use, I also have a Desktop Tower running Windows 8, 8 GB ram, 1 TB hard drive, dual monitors, etc…
So, I bought a Surface Pro 128 GB with type cover. And I Love it!
It has lightning fast start up, quick response, runs all the spreadsheets documents and presentations that I throw at it, and I even have Photoshop and Lightroom running on the Pro. But I miss my dual monitors.
I started looking for a solution, and found the Targus USB 3.0 Dual Video Docking Station (from
amazon). It connects via the USB port on the Surface Pro, supports dual monitors, Audio in and out, USB3.0 (x2), USB2.0 (x4), and Gigabit Ethernet. So I ordered one, hoping that it would allow my Pro to push the video to my dual monitors.
And… It works better than I could have expected.
I have the Surface Pro on my desk, with no cover. I hook up the Targus docking stating via the USB port, and plug in the power. My dual monitors, Keyboard, mouse, external hard drive, desktop speakers, and yes, my Zune HD are all connected to the docking station. I get my full keyboard and mouse, dual monitors, stunning sound quality, touch, swipe and gestures on the Pro screen. And plenty of screen
real estate to run my applications.
The only tricky part of the setup is balancing the dpi settings between the Surface Pro screen, and the monitors. The Pro screen is 1600x900 in a 10 inch diagonal screen, and the monitors are 1680x1050 in a 20 inch diagonal screen. To find this setting, search for “dpi” from the Metro screen, the select the “Make test and other items larger or smaller” setting.
The Surface Pro is normally set to Larger - 150%. But for this setup, I changed the setting to
With this setting, the icons, menus, and ribbons on the dual monitors are normal size. The text
on the Pro screen is a bit small, but still functional.
Overall, I am VERY pleased with this set up. In fact, it works so well, that I tore out the desktop tower, and moved it to the kids playroom for their homework, and gaming computer.
I can’t wait to get 8.1 on here so I can take advantage of the new features.
Well, I have a Surface Pro (yes, the origional) and I upgraded to Windows 10.
Ever since I went to 10, The Surface wont stay asleep. I put it to sleep, and close the cover, and throw it in my bag, And the damn thing is burning hot when I get home.
Also in general, My Surface Pro just runs HOT, has a much shorter battery life, and seems to be having bower management issues........
Anyone else running old hardware like me? And are you seeing issues with Windows 10 too??
Will the Intel i5 processor used in the surface be able to handle photo editing software like adobe PhotoShop and lightroom? Currently, I'm using an Acer with an AMD e-350 processor and 6gb ram to do photo editing. It takes a little patience because of the rather slow performance. Will the surface pro be considered a step up in terms of performance compared to my Acer? Rough estimate, how much of a performance increase should I expect (2x faster etc.)?
I would hope that they made the surface pro with photographers in mind, why else include a display port as oppose to an HDMI port, lol.