Hardware: Mac or PC with Thunderbolt™ Port
Software : Mac — OS X 10.8.5 or later
PC — Windows 7 or later
Yes, the Thunderbolt™ Station 2 is fully backwards compatible with Thunderbolt™ 1 computers and peripherals. However, connecting it to Thunderbolt™ 1 devices will reduce the performance to Thunderbolt™ 1 speeds (up to 10Gb/s).
Yes, the Thunderbolt™ Station 2 can deliver 1.5A to charge devices such as mobile phones and tablets via USB 3.0. The ports also provide enough power to operate devices such as external bus powered storage devices, SD card readers, keyboards, and external DVD-ROM drives. Please refer to the device's documentation for details. The front facing USB 3.0 port can also charge devices while the Thunderbolt™ Station 2 is not connected to a computer.
This is perfectly normal and is intended within the design concept. The enclosure acts as a heat sink by using thermal plates and pads to conduct heat away from electrical components. Extensive testing was performed to ensure that the Thunderbolt™ Station 2 operates within safe parameters without a noisy fan.
Yes, you can boot from drives connected to the Thunderbolt™ Station 2 via eSATA, USB 3.0, or Thunderbolt™ if you have a 2013 or later Mac (Haswell) or a Thunderbolt 2 equipped PC.
For more information about USB drive bootup, please visit our knowledge base: https://archive.caldigit.com/KB/index.asp?KBID=147&viewlocale=1
Yes, the TS2 is fully compatible with Apple’s FireWire adapter.
In certain circumstances, the way eSATA devices are connected and more specifically the order in which they are connected can affect whether an eSATA device is recognized. If you connected your Thunderbolt™ Station 2 to your computer before connecting the eSATA device, disconnect the Thunderbolt™ Station 2 and then re-connect it. Alternatively, connect the eSATA drive to the Thunderbolt™ Station 2 first before powering on the Thunderbolt™ Station 2.
Follow these steps to make sure your eSATA device is recognized:
1. Connect the eSATA device to the Thunderbolt™ Station 2.
2. Power on the eSATA device.
3. Plug in the power adapter to your Thunderbolt™ Station 2.
4. Connect the Thunderbolt™ Station 2 to your computer via the Thunderbolt™ cable.
If the eSATA device you are using or the eSATA port multiplier of that device is based on the Silicon Image 3726 or JMicron 575 chipset and not all of the slots are being used on the device, make sure to connect a drive to the first slot.
If a problem still persists, CalDigit recommends updating your OS to latest version, as well as updating to the latest version of the EFI firmware (https://support.apple.com/kb/ht1237)
Under most circumstances, updating and resetting your settings will restore the Mac back to its normal operating condition.
1. Update your Mac OS X to the latest version. To do this click on the Apple logo on the upper left hand corner -> About This Mac -> Software Update button.
2. Verify your Mac has the latest EFI and SMC firmware. (https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201518)
3. Reset NVRAM / SMC on your Mac 3 times in a row. (https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204063)
We recommend disconnecting the cable and reconnecting it. Alternatively, you can try using a different a Thunderbolt cable. In most cases changing a faulty Thunderbolt cable resolves this issue. Please note that in order for the TS2’s LED light to power on, the Thunderbolt cable must be connected to the TS2 as well as the AC Power adapter.
Please try the following steps:
1. Connect and power on the TS2 before turning on the Windows PC.
2. Try using a different Thunderbolt cable.
3. Install the Intel Thunderbolt software and driver.
4. Install the CalDigit Thunderbolt Station drivers including the USB, Network, and eSATA drivers.
For more detailed information please click the following links:
The TS2’s AC Adapter automatically switches to the required voltage for each country. The AC Adapter features a voltage range from 100v to 240v 50/60Hz. When you purchase a product from CalDigit the packaging will include the required power cable for your specific region. Please always use a suitable power cable for your country’s specific power outlet.
No. The mDP connector on your computer is not a Thunderbolt™ port. mDP uses the same connector type as Thunderbolt™ but it is a completely different interface connection. The TS2 needs to connect to the host computer with a Thunderbolt™ cable in order for the computer to recognize it.
The HDMI output of TS2 supports both RGB and YCbCr color codecs listed below. Actual performance depends on the specification supported by the graphics processing units, the drivers, the monitors, and the related peripheral devices being implemented. (results may vary)
- RGB at 6/8/10/12 bpc (bits-per-component) supported
- YCbCr 4:4:4 and YCbCr 4:2:2, 8/10/12 bpc supported
The TS2 uses a Texas Instruments PCM2912A audio DAC that supports stereo audio through the 3.5mm headphone port. The 3.5mm microphone port receives mono only.
Detailed 3.5mm Audio Output Specifications
– Analog Performance at VBUS = 5.0 V:
– THD+N: 0.01% (RL > 10 kΩ)
– THD+N: 0.02% (RL = 32 Ω)
– SNR: 92 dB
– Dynamic Range: 90 dB
– PO: 13 mW (RL = 32 Ω)
– PO: 25 mW (RL = 16 Ω)
Detailed 3.5mm Audio Input Specifications
– Analog Performance at VBUS = 5 V:
– THD+N: 0.01%
– SNR: 92 dB
– Dynamic Range: 90 dB
HDMI 1.4b can support up to the following resolutions
- 4096 x 2160 @ 24 Hz
- 3840 x 2160 @ 30 Hz
- 2560 x 1600 @ 60 Hz
Your computer’s hardware must be able to support these resolutions as well. For more information, please visit Apple’s support page from the link below. https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT202856
Yes, you can use display adapters with the Thunderbolt™ Station 2 such as HDMI to DVI and DVI to Mini DisplayPort. Keep in mind that if a Mini DisplayPort adapter is used, you will not be able to daisy chain any additional devices via Thunderbolt™.
The Thunderbolt™ Station 2 can only support dual monitor configurations if your computer’s hardware can support dual monitors via Thunderbolt™ and if:
- One of the displays is a Thunderbolt™ Display
- The second display is connected to a second Thunderbolt™ Station 2 or another Thunderbolt™ 2 device
To check if your Mac can support dual monitors via Thunderbolt™, please refer to entry #18 on Apple’s support page. https://support.apple.com/kb/ht5219#dispnum
Drive Dock Thunderbolt 2 & USB
It's the ultimate, high-performance bare drive access tool.
For creative workflows, backup, or other tasks requiring constant access to multiple drives, Drive Dock delivers a compact, easy solution with the exceptional performance of Thunderbolt 2 technology.
AN ESSENTIAL WORKFLOW SOLUTION
OWC Drive Dock is the fastest way to access bare SATA drives. Hot swap, read multiple drives simultaneously, or boot from bare drives, all at the speed of the Thunderbolt 2 and USB 3.1 Gen 1 interfaces. For video and audio content pros working with multiple bare drives on big projects, Drive Dock delivers extreme transfer speeds with amazing flexibility and convenience, making it an indispensable drive tool.
DESIGNED TO ACCOMMODATE YOUR LIFE
Drive Dock's unique design makes hot-swapping a breeze. Two drive bays accommodate both 2.5-inch and 3.5-inch drives and can access a drive in each simultaneously. Each bay features its own independent power switch and LED activity monitor. Dual Thunderbolt 2 ports deliver extreme-speed data transfers, and support daisy-chain expansion with up to five additional Thunderbolt devices. Drive Dock also includes a USB 3.1 Gen 1 port for versatile compatibility and an auto-switching internal power supply compatible with any dual-prong cable.
Drive Dock is flexible enough to use on almost any system. It works perfectly as an on-location backup solution, or for industry professionals using multiple bare drives. Featuring rugged aluminum construction, quiet, fanless operation, and complete with USB 3.1 Gen 1 and Thunderbolt cables, the OWC Drive Dock is an essential component to any high-demand workflow.
RELIABILITY AND SUPPORT YOU CAN COUNT ON
Like all OWC products, Drive Dock is built to the highest standards of reliability and performance. Because our goal is always 100% reliability, it's rigorously quality tested, and backed by our 2 Year OWC Limited Warranty and 24/7 Customer Support.
- OWC Drive Dock
- 0.6 m (24 in) USB 3.1 Gen 1 cable (Type-A to Type-B)
- 1 meter (39 in) Thunderbolt cable
- Internal power supply and power cable
- User Guide
- Thunderbolt 2
- OS X 10.10 or later
- Windows 7 SP1 or later
- USB 3.1 Gen 1
- OS X 10.6 or later
- Windows XP or later
- Linux Kernel v. 2.6.31 or later
- Boot Camp is only supported using USB. Thunderbolt connectivity for OWC Drive Dock is not supported in Boot Camp.
- Thunderbolt 2
- Driver not required for OS X.
- Driver required for Windows when using Thunderbolt. Download here
- Mac or PC featuring Thunderbolt or USB 2.0 interface
- Recommended for best performance
- Mac or PC featuring Thunderbolt 2 or USB 3.1 Gen 1 interface
- Thunderbolt - OS X 10.10 or later
- USB - Any Mac that supports booting via USB
- (2) Thunderbolt 20Gb/s
- (1) USB 3.1 Gen 1 (ASMedia ASM1153E)
- (2) 3.5" SATA 6Gb/s drives
- or (2) 2.5" SATA 6Gb/s drives
- Thunderbolt: 522 MB/s Read and 477 MB/s Write2
- USB 3.1 Gen 1: 427 MB/s Read and 347 MB/s Write3
- Notes: Speeds will vary based on drives used, setup, and other factors.
- Internal UL-listed universal auto-switching
- AC input: 100 ~ 240V, 50/60Hz
- DC output:, 12V 6.25A
- Adapter plugs for international use sold separately
- Height: 3.3 in (8.5 cm)
- Width: 6.3 in (16.0 cm)
- Length: 5.8 in (15.0 cm)
- Without Drives: 2.2 lb (0.98 kg)
Product Specification Sheet
- Temperature (°F) 41° to 86°
- Temperature (°C) 5° to 30°
- Temperature (°F) -4° to 122°
- Temperature (°C) -20° to 50°
Relative Humidity (Operating)
- Operating: 8 – 90% (Non-Condensing)
- Non-Operating: 5 – 95% (Non-Condensing)
1. Actual performance may vary depending on host computer, environment, and use conditions.
2.Thunderbolt benchmark testing performed by OWC in September 2015 using a 2.6GHz Intel quad-core i7 15-inch MacBook Pro with 16GB RAM and 1TB SSD. Tests conducted on 1 TB OWC Mercury Electra 6G SSDs. Tested using QuickBench™ 5.0 Extended Test (20-100 MB) over 10 cycles, cache disabled. Results represent the extended test average.
3. USB 3.0 benchmark testing performed by OWC in September 2015 using a 2.6GHz Intel quad-core i7 15-inch MacBook Pro with 16GB RAM and 1TB SSD. Tests conducted on 1 TB OWC Mercury Electra 6G SSDs. Tested using QuickBench™ 5.0 Extended Test (20-100 MB) over 10 cycles, cache disabled. Results represent the extended test average.
4. When connected via USB, it is possible to unmount either drive from the OS without impacting the other drive, but you cannot power a bay on or off, or physically connect or disconnect one of the drives, without causing the other drive to temporarily unmount.
Thunderbolt 2 vs USB 3.0 vs eSATA
The high-speed Thunderbolt standard has been given a huge upgrade, and it can now deliver twice as much data through a single channel. But it isn't the only high-speed connection available: there's USB 3.0 and eSATA too. How do they compare, and what are they best for?
Thunderbolt 2 vs Thunderbolt 1: What's new?
The second generation of the Thunderbolt standard combines DisplayPort and PCI Express data and is faster than its predecessor – it can drive a 4K display with a single connector, and it delivers roughly twice the data speeds as its forerunner – but it has the same maximum bandwidth as its predecessor: 40Gbps.
The difference is in how that bandwidth is parcelled out. In the original Thunderbolt standard there were four one-way channels offering 10Gbps each – two upstream channels and two downstream.
With Thunderbolt 2, there are two bidirectional channels delivering 20Gbps each. That means a single channel has more than enough power to drive a 4K display or high-speed storage device, but if you want to do both things at once you'll need to devote a channel to each one as daisy-chaining won't give you enough throughput.
Thunderbolt 2 vs USB 3.0 vs eSATA: Speed
All three standards are much, much faster than USB 2.0, which tops out at 480Mbps. eSATA can deliver 6Gbps (older versions deliver 1.5Gbps or 3Gbps), USB 3.0 runs at up to 5Gbps and the incoming USB 3.1 should do 10Gbps. Thunderbolt can do 20Gbps.
As we've already explained above Thunderbolt 2 isn't actually faster than the original 10Gbps Thunderbolt standard, but if you wanted to get 20Gbps out of that you needed to combine two 10Gbps channels. You don't need to do that with Thunderbolt 2.
As with all maximum throughput figures, quoted speeds are theoretical maximums and don't take data overheads into account. The performance you actually get in the real world will also depend on your devices and their configurations.
Thunderbolt 2 vs USB 3.0 vs eSATA: Compatibility
Thunderbolt combines two protocols, PCI Express (PCIe) and DisplayPort, which means you can connect monitors, external drives, video capture devices and so on. The DisplayPort element is backwards compatible, but you'll need a cable adaptor to connect an existing DisplayPort monitor. You can also connect DVI, HDMI and VGA displays via adapters, and if you use OS X you can network two Macs over a Thunderbolt connection rather than the traditional Ethernet.
Thunderbolt 2 uses the same connectors as the original Thunderbolt standard, so you'll be able to connect Thunderbolt devices to Thunderbolt 2 ports and/or cables and vice-versa. As with other standards' backwards compatibility, you won't benefit from the newer version's faster speed when you connect an older device.
That's worth remembering if you'll be connecting Thunderbolt and Thunderbolt 2 devices on the same chain – you'll need to put the original Thunderbolt devices at the end of the chain, not the beginning, or everything will run at Thunderbolt 1 speeds, not Thunderbolt 2.
USB 3.0 is backwards compatible, so you can connect USB 2.0 devices to a USB 3.0 hub and vice-versa, although of course you won't get USB 3.0 speeds from a USB 2.0 device or port. If you want to run multiple USB devices you'll usually need multiple ports or to invest in a hub – USB devices tend to be designed for standalone use, not daisy-chaining like many Thunderbolt devices.
eSATA is an external version of Serial ATA, the standard used for high-speed internal hard disk connections. Some firms, such as Toshiba, make laptops with dual-mode ports that can connect either eSATA or USB devices.
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Kanex Thunderbolt to eSATA + USB 3.0 Adapter
Self or Bus Powered:Bus Powered
Number of Thunderbolt Ports:2
Thunderbolt Version:Thunderbolt 2
Easily connect your Thunderbolt-equipped Mac or PC to an eSATA device with the Kanex Thunderbolt to eSATA + USB 3.0 Adapter. Small and compact, it connects to the Thunderbolt port on your Mac or PC computer, giving you an eSATA port and an extra USB 3.0 port.
Mac and eSATA Friendly
Extend the use of your existing eSATA-equipped external storage unit by connecting it to your Mac. Since many users are still on eSATA equipment this adapter will add value by adding USB 3.0 support.
Increase Your Performance
Conveniently, the Kanex Thunderbolt to eSATA adapter adds an extra SuperSpeed USB 3.0 port to your Mac or PC computer so users can connect to more everyday peripherals, like external hard drives, a keyboard or mouse.
Kanex Thunderbolt adapters won the Macworld Best of Show 2014 award for their ability to help Mac or PC users increase their connectivity options and bridge the gap between old and new technologies.
Plug and Play
Set-up is easy. Simply connect an eSATA hard drive to the Kanex Thunderbolt adapter, and then plug into the Thunderbolt port of your Mac or PC. Use the extra USB port to connect extra peripherals. For even greater expandability, add the Kanex 4-port USB 3.0 hub and access up to 4 USB 3.0 devices at the same time.
Esata thunderbolt 2
Dual eSATA 3GB/s ports
Video: Dual-Mode DisplayPort
eSATA: Up to two eSATA drives per hub
(max. bus speed)
eSATA: Up to 3Gb/s
• Latest version of Windows® 7, Windows 8 (click here for Windows drivers information) / Mac OS X 10.6, 10.7, 10.8, or greater
• Thunderbolt cable (sold separately)
• eSATA hard drive(s)"
Drive stand for upright use
External power supply
Quick Install Guide
CalDigit Ts2 Thunderbolt 2 Dock 4k HDMI Audio USB 3.0 LAN eSATA
eBay Product ID (ePID)
Product Key Features
Compatible Laptop Size
13 in, 10 in Laptop, 12 in Laptop, 15 in, 9 in Laptop, 14 in Laptop, 16 in Laptop, 13 in Laptop, 11 in Laptop
Compatible Product Line
For Mac mini, Universal, For Mac Pro, For Apple MacBook, For Apple MacBook Pro, For iMac, For Apple MacBook Air
For Acer, For Alienware, For Apple, For ASUS, Universal, For Dell
USB 3.0, Thunderbolt 3, Ethernet (RJ-45), DisplayPort, USB 1.0/1.1, HDMI, Mini DisplayPort, Audio Out, USB 2.0, Thunderbolt 2
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- Dual Thunderbolt™ 2 Ports
- Simple Design with Versatile I/O Connectivity
- Dedicated Performance for each Device Port:
- 2x 5Gb/s USB 3.0 Ports
- 1x eSATA Port
- USB Charging support for USB devices (iOS device requires installing the driver to enable charging support for OS X 10.9 and later)
- Each dedicated 5Gb/s USB 3.0 Port supports up to 1.5A for
bus powered devices
- Audio Ports
- Gigabit Ethernet Port
- For Thunderbolt™ 2 capable Mac (OS X 10.8.5 & later) /
PC platforms (Windows 7 & later)
Our innovative design exemplifies convenience and simplicity. We have utilized the Thunderbolt™ 2 bandwidth to deliver dedicated performance for USB 3.0 and eSATA connections. The stylish, all-aluminum dock is perfect for compact desktops or portable systems equipped with Thunderbolt™, and allows you manage all of your peripherals from a single device!
The 20Gb/s of transfer bandwidth delivered by Thunderbolt™ 2 connectivity enables the RocketStor 6351A to fully implement our Dedicated Performance Architecture.
Each of the 5Gb/s USB 3.0 ports and the 6Gb/s eSATA port is powered by a dedicated controller, and delivers uncompromised transfer performance for external hard drives, SSD's, disk enclosures, and drive docks.
The dual Thunderbolt™ 2 ports support daisy-chain configurations of up to 5 additional Thunderbolt devices to your system!
Each 5Gb/s USB 3.0 port can be used as a charging station that supports Rapid Charging Modes for Apple iOS devices such as iPads, iPhones, and SuperDrive's. The RocketStor 6351A intelligently manages the flow of power to avoid overcharging.
Additionally, the RocketStor 6351A can charge devices without a Thunderbolt™ connection; simply leaving the unit's power cable plugged in, allows users to utilize the dock as an all-purpose charging station!
Each lightweight, all-aluminum chassis measures only 7" in length, weighs about 2 pounds, and can easily rest in the palm of your open hand! Unlike many I/O docks and adapters, each device port, and connector is located on a single panel for accessibility. This minimal design is ideal for cluttered workspaces, small form-factor workstations and portable computers.
Either of the Thunderbolt™ 2 ports can be used as a dedicated video output for high resolution display devices, such as Apple's Thunderbolt™ Display Series.
In addition, each of the dedicated 5Gb/s USB ports can easily host HDMI adapters for additional display devices such as LCD TV's or monitors.
- Native Thunderbolt™
- HDMI Adapter via dedicated 5Gb/s USB 3.0 Port