Easily add 2 USB 3.0 ports and Gigabit Ethernet to your Microsoft Surface Pro 3

Posted by Paul Braren on Jan 31 2015 in
  • Network
  • Productivity
  • Windows
  • View-of-Surface-Pro-3-with-Bidul-installed

    If you travel, and use your Surface Pro 3 as a productivity device while away from home, you'll likely love the light weight and amazing 2160 x 1440 screen. Even the lowest spec model can be a great thin client, remotely controlling your primary workstation back home, using something like Teamviewer.

    But what you'll also soon notice at least one of these limitations:

    • using a favorite Logitech mouse, the dongle takes up your only USB port
    • you use fast and tiny USB 3.0 flash drives, but don't want to disconnect your mouse every time you want to use the thumb drives
    • you're in a hotel where wired networking is far faster than WiFi

    This is all easily solved for under $40 USD. On Windows 8.1 or later, just insert the device, and it works. That's right, the networking driver auto-install without trouble. Tested it myself today, in my San Francisco hotel room, as pictured.

    Notice that the little USB/Ethernet hub hugs the edge of your Surface Pro 3. Read more at the manufacturer's site, Bidul Microsoft Surface 2-In-1 Ethernet (S-USBHub RJ45 3.0). Works on the Surface Pro and Surface Pro 2 as well.


    Also pictured, Logitech M705 Mouse, and a Fellowes Microban mousepad that help for those hotels that still have glass desktops.

    See also Paul Thurrott's

    Surface Pro 3: Hardware Expansion