Can the display be used as an external hub for connecting ethernet, external hard drives, usb-a devices, etc?!

Basically I'm wondering if the Display can be used as an external hub for the MacBook? That is, will all the stuff connected to the ports on the back of the display (ethernet, usb-a devices, external hd, mouse receiver, etc) work as if they're connected directly to the macbook when connected over a single usb-c cable?!? Goal is to leave everything connected to the display as a hub/dock and then connect to all that over one cable when at the desktop.

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    Yes, USB devices connected to the back of the monitor are recognized by the laptop. I have a mouse, keyboard, and speakers connected to the back of the monitor and use it as a docking station, just as you described. It works beautifully and the display is stunning. :)

  • Yes, the external devices work well with the hub, as long as they do not require much power to turn on.
    We have a LaCie Thunderbolt external hard drive that must be connected to the MacBook Pro itself, otherwise the monitor does not supply enough power to signal the drive to power up. this is due to the monitor only having one major powered connection to charge the MacBook with. We run the network and USB adapter 2.0 off it without an issue.