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Vehicle Computer Docking Stations

Suppliers offer these seven mounting solutions for your cruiser's rugged laptop.

February 22, 2011  |  by - Also by this author

Panasonic's PDRC (Permanent Display Removable Computer) offers a vehicle-mounted display and separate keyboard. Photo courtesy of Panasonic.

These seven docking stations offer connectivity for Ethernet, USB, LAN and other options to take you beyond basic mounting solutions:

First Mobile Technologies

First Mobile Technologies' Dell XT2 XFR docking station for the Dell fully rugged XT2 XFR tablet has a built-in 8x DVD-RW drive that reads and writes to CDs and DVDs. The dock has the option of adding 3 RF antenna pass-through connections. It allows for multiple mounting options for full notebook or tablet functionality and works well in vehicles with limited mounting space. FMT provides mobile laptop mounting specific docks and cradles for all major manufacturers as well as installation services for docks, cradles, and peripheral devices.


Gamber-Johnson's MAG 31 Dock is constructed of a magnesium shell and includes a simplified front facing docking mechanism for easy one-handed docking and undocking of the computer. The MAG 31 Dock's simplified, patented, molded design reduces the number of parts, and improves cost. Additionally, the MAG 31 Dock contains forward facing ports for low mounting capability, minimal cable strain and minimal swivel resistance, is USB 2.0 compliant, and offers a variety of antenna pass-through options. New to the MAG 31 Dock, there are now two Ethernet and five USB ports.


New DS-PAN-211/221 series docking stations from Havis are designed for every generation of the Panasonic Toughbook CF-19. A combination of aircraft-grade aluminum uni-body with glass reinforced PC-ABS impact-resistant plastic covers, they feature flexible, constant connectivity maintained with a guided floating docking connector. DS-PAN-211/221 docking stations are engineered with fully functional rear facing connectors, and mounting bracket and integrated cable strain relief allow for ease of installation. An LED indicator light keeps the user informed of the dock's status at all times.

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