StarTech announces wireless WiGig hybrid docking station
As a manufacturer of high-end docking stations, StarTech is not afraid of launching models with enthusiast-level features that most users may not even be properly equipped to take advantage of. Its newly-launched DKWG30DPHPD docking station is an example of such a product as it is one of the first consumer-ready WiGig docking stations available that also doubles as a standard USB Type-C or Thunderbolt 3 docking station.
The docking station offers a host of I/O features including HDMI, DisplayPort, USB Type-A, RJ-45, and 3.5 mm audio. Unfortunately, it does not feature the aging VGA or DVI ports. StarTech recommends keeping the dock within four feet of the connected laptop to ensure maximum reliability and speeds.
WiGig devices communicate via a short-range 60 GHz band that most consumer laptops do not support. The common Intel 8260 or Killer 1535 WLAN modules, for example, support 802.11ac but not WiGig as its adoption rate has been niche. A select few business-centric Dell laptops support WiGig out of the box including the Latitude 12 7000 and Latitude 13 7000 series depending on the integrated WLAN module.
Check out the official product page of the DKWG30DPHPD for more technical details and information. The hybrid dock is now available for $320 USD.