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.
So, I do DJing and lighting. I was worried if I could really run an entire show with Surface. I have to say it went well. I ran all the music from my RT and all the lighting software (Nicolaudie Sunlite Sudio 2). I found that the Surface Pro had no issues running all the scenes and controlling the lights for a 4 hour concert. I ran all the music pre and post using the Xbox music app with a Xbox music pass. I am pretty confident that I could probably run it all from just the Pro, but wanted to ensure that I had more than I needed for the event.
I did run another event this weekend as well that was a full DJ event using my Smithson Martin DVS. I did this on my Asus Zenbook Touch. I was able to run both the Xbox Music app along with Sunlite for a 3 hour DJ event and even take requests adding to the playlist with no issues what so ever... It was pretty awesome. Seeing that I could leverage Windows 8 to flip between music and lighting control with no delays. I had numerous people ask me how I was doing all of it as you can see the screen from the audience when using the DVS. It gives a great effect for those that haven't seen one. I found this when I was working TechEd in 2012 and talked to the DJ to find out what the thing was that they were using on the stage. Its expensive, but if you can afford one for mobile DJs it really makes the difference. If you can't do the DVS, then try a touch screen and Emulator Pro. I am going to test this with the Surface Pro, but don't see why it wouldn't work. I can't imagine that the RT will allow the drivers to work though.
We have several Surface Pro 2's deployed at my company that all use docking stations. Every so often, and there doesn't seem to be a rhyme or reason to it, the external monitors hooked up to the dock will lose all display capabilities.
I've tried restarting the surface, checking the monitor connections, and running windows updates and made sure all drivers were up to date and current. (Example of one that happened the other day was that one monitor still worked but the other would not. I would go into the Screen Resolution dialogue box and try turning the screen back on but after applying the settings the screen would automatically turn back off. )
The only thing I found to fix the problem is undocking the Surface, unplugging power from the dock, plug the power back in and then re-dock the device. After following these steps the monitors will work fine again.
Like I said, this is an intermittent issue and is hard to replicate but was wondering if this was a known problem or if there is any known fix for it out there??
Thanks in advance for the help.
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.