The big meeting is around the corner. You’re getting everything set-up, from ordering the food to setting the room arrangement. There’s going to be multiple presenters and you need to ensure everyone will be able to connect. A dongle? Adapter? USB something-er-other? Here’s a quick vocabulary guide on how to navigate through common cords and connectors.

  • Port: A connection point that allows your computer to interact with other devices. This is what your dongle or adapter will plug into.
  • Fob: A small piece of radio-enabled hardware that provides access to another device or physical object (e.g. your car). They are typically free-standing and don’t plug in.
  • Dongle or adapter: A piece of hardware that directly attaches to another device to provide it with additional and/or different functionality.
  • Types of connectors:
      • USB-c: Smaller than a traditional USB, the USB-c transfers data at a higher rate that its predecessor among other benefits. Most new computers have a port for USB-c.
      • USB: The traditional USB (aka USB-a) was originally developed to standardize the ability to connect devices via cables. It’s port is rectangular and common on most computers.
      • HDMI: Is a common type of cable that transmits high definition audio and video.  This is a common cord used to connect anything from your Apple TV to your home cable. 
      • Mini DisplayPort: Commonly found on Apple products, this square looking cord and subsequent port often serve as the connection to external monitors.
      • VGA: A type of cable with 3 rows of pins that allows for the transmission of video graphics and audio. VGA is considered a predecessor of the HDMI connector.
      • DVI: Similar to the VGA connector, HDMI is the newer, and more commonly used solution.

Knowing the basics will help you keep your office connected. Need help finding the right adapters for your office? Let OfficeLuv keep your office stocked with all of you adapter and cord needs.