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Hour 17. Using Windows on the Road > Docking Your Laptop

Docking Your Laptop

The Microsoft programmers understood the need for mobile computing environments when they developed Windows XP. Mobile computing environments refer to those environments in which portable computers such as laptops are used. In the past few years, companies have begun developing docking stations for computer users who take a laptop with them on the road. Now they can come home and plug the laptop directly into a docking station. The docking station is a device that connects the laptop to a full-size color screen, printer, mouse, and keyboard. Therefore, the computer user uses the laptop on the road and then uses the laptop's system unit at home or in the office, with regular-size peripheral equipment.

Sitting at the Dock

Many devices known as docking stations are more accurately described as port replicators because they extend the laptop's expansion ports, such as the printer and serial port, to the docking station device on your desktop. Leaving all your peripherals plugged into the docking station is simpler than plugging each device into your laptop every time you arrive back at your desk. You only have to slide your laptop into the docking station to access those peripherals plugged into the docking station.

Be careful when plugging your laptop into your docking station. The connection pins are sometimes fragile and could easily break if you do not align the laptop correctly with the station.



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