Thunder3 Dock Pro
Thunderbolt 3 Docking Station
Thunderbolt 3 / USB 3.1 / 10GbE / eSATA / DisplayPort
Thunderbolt™ 3 Docking Station for Professionals, with 10Gbps Network, CFast Reader, and More!
Packed full of features, this Thunderbolt™ 3 docking station comes with all the essential interfaces you will need to connect your peripherals and more. Plug in just a single Thunderbolt 3 cable to your computer and you can gain access to a 10GbE network, an extra monitor, a card reader, an USB hub, an eSATA drive and recharge your laptop at the same time.
Thunderbolt 3 brings Thunderbolt to USB-C at speeds up to 40 Gbps, creating one compact port that does it all - delivering the fastest, most versatile connection to any dock, display, or data device. For the first time, one computer port connects to Thunderbolt devices, every display, and billions of USB devices. A single cable now provides four times the data and twice the video bandwidth of any other cable, while also supplying power to bus-powered devices.
The second Thunderbolt 3 port on the Thunder3 Dock Pro operates the same as a Thunderbolt 3 computer port by supporting Thunderbolt 3 (up to 5 daisy chained), USB 3.1 (10 Gbps), and DisplayPort devices.
eSATA host port
This port can be used to connect an external storage drive with an eSATA interface to your Thunderbolt 3 computer. The eSATA port supports port multiplier and is capable of recognizing more than just one disk in a multi-bay enclosure without a RAID controller. The maximum data transfer rate for the eSATA port is about 370MB/s.
USB 3.1 Gen 1 hub
The three USB 3.1 Gen 1 host ports make it easy to connect your USB devices that come with a Type-A connector to your Thunderbolt 3 computer. Instead of buying an adapter or new cables, simply plug your existing USB devices into the Thunder3 Dock Pro and you are all set. The maximum data transfer rate for the USB hub is about 370MB/s.
10 Gigabit Ethernet port
The network interface is ideal for desktop computers and laptops that require reliable, accelerated access to external storage and networks for I/O demanding applications but typically lack 10GbE connectivity or the capability to deploy an internal PCIe network card (NIC). This 10GbE network adapter supports auto-negotiation for 10Gb/s, 5Gb/s, 2.5Gb/s, 1Gb/s and 100MB/s.
- Thunderbolt 3 for lightning fast transfer speeds up to 40 Gbps
- Second Thunderbolt 3 port supports Thunderbolt 3 (40 Gbps), USB 3.1 (10 Gbps), and DisplayPort devices
- Power delivery provides up to 60W of power to recharge compatible laptops and other devices
- Three USB 3.1 Gen 1 host ports with Type-A connectors for legacy USB devices
- 10 Gigabit Ethernet port supporting auto-negotiation for 10G, 5G, 2.5G, 1G, 100M
- Cooling fan with power switch for noiseless operation
- Dedicated DisplayPort for additional 4K monitor
- eSATA host port supporting port multiplier
- Built-in CFast 2.0 and SD 4.0 card reader
- Includes Thunderbolt 3 cable
Thunderbolt™ 3 daisy chain
One of the Thunderbolt 3 ports is used to connect the Thunder3 Dock Pro to the computer and the other port operates the same as a Thunderbolt 3 computer port by supporting Thunderbolt 3 (up to 5 daisy chained), USB 3.1 (10 Gbps), and DisplayPort devices.
The dedicated DisplayPort connector can be used to connect an additional monitor to extend your workspace without the need to buy an additional USB-C to DisplayPort adapter. This video output capability will free up the second Thunderbolt 3 port for other Thunderbolt 3 (up to 5 daisy chained), USB 3.1 (10 Gbps), and DisplayPort devices.
CFast 2.0 & SD 4.0 card reader
The built-in card reader for your CFast and SD cards is located conveniently at the front of the Thunder3 Dock Pro, allowing you to easily insert and remove the cards to backup your media files after a photo or video shoot. The maximum data transfer rate for the card reader is about 370 MB/s.
Power Delivery (60W)
The Thunder3 Dock Pro supports power delivery (PD), providing up to 60W of power to devices and laptops that support charging from a 20V/3A power source (e.g. Late 2016 MacBook Pro). This allows you to recharge the battery even when the laptop is not plugged into any other power source. Depending on your needs, you can use either the 60W or the 15W port to connect the Thunder3 Dock Pro to your computer and then use the second port to recharge other devices like an iPad for example.
NOTE: While the AKiTiO Thunder3 Dock Pro is fully supported up to macOS 10.14.3, we have observed an issue related to macOS 10.14.4 that results in reduced 10G network performance. We have informed Apple of the issue, and are working towards resolution.
AKiTiO Part Number
- High quality aluminum case with metal chassis
- Windows 10 (64-bit)
- Computer with Thunderbolt 3 port
Mac OS Compatibility
- macOS 10.13.4 (High Sierra) and later
- Computer with Thunderbolt 3 port
- (2) Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) Ports
- (1) eSATA host port supporting port multiplier
- (3) USB 3.1 Gen 1 (Type A) host ports supporting UASP
- (1) RJ45 Ethernet port supporting 100M/1G/2.5G/5G/10G Base-T
- (1) SD 4.0 (UHS-II) card reader
- (1) CFast 2.0 card reader
- (1) DisplayPort 1.2
- External power supply
- UL, CE, CB, TUV approved
- Environmental (Operating)
- Temperature (°F) 41° — 95°
- Temperature (°C) 5° — 35°
- Environmental (Non-Operating)
- Temperature (°F) −4° — 140°
- Temperature (°C) −20° — 60°
- Height: 3.5 cm (1.4 in)
- Length: 21.2 cm (8.3 in)
- Width: 10.8 cm (4.3 in)
Manufacturer provided specifications for AKiTiO p/n T3DAA0007Y00U UPC#: 888038003565
- This product was designed for use with the fan on and passed engineering tests with the fan on. We have added a fan switch that can turn off the fan when a low-noise environment is needed. However, the device should only be used for short periods of time with the fan in the OFF position as prolonged use may cause the device to overheat and this may cause damage to the system, cause issues to data integrity, reduce system reliability and/or shorten the lifespan of the electrical components. For best results, we recommend that the device not be used continuously for more than 30 minutes with the fan in the OFF position.
- The eSATA port and the CFast reader share a single PCIe Gen 2 lane, as do the USB ports and the SD card reader. The maximum transfer rate for a single PCIe Gen 2 lane is about 370MB/s, which means that any device connected to these interfaces cannot go faster than 370 MB/s and when multiple devices are used simultaneously, the bandwidth is shared.
- This device has to be connected to the computer via Thunderbolt 3 and it cannot be used as a NAS. The Ethernet port provides the computer with an 10GbE network connection over Thunderbolt 3 but it cannot be used to access the data on the drives over the network.
- This docking station does not have any internal storage. All data is stored on external drives that are connected to the dock.
- The DisplayPort does not support DP++. When using a DisplayPort to HDMI adapter, make sure to use an active adapter.
- This product has components or design elements that are patented (patent number 4176304).
- While the AKiTiO Thunder3 Dock Pro is fully supported up to macOS 10.14.3, we have observed an issue related to macOS 10.14.4 that results in reduced network performance. We have informed Apple of the issue, and are working towards resolution.
- Thunder3 Dock Pro
- Thunderbolt™ 3 cable (70 cm)
- Power Adapter
- Setup Guide