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Definition: In computer networking, a dongle is a short length of cable designed to bridge between two devices having different connector types.

Dongles first became popular in home networking for connecting to the PCMCIA "credit card" network adapters in older laptop computers. One end of the dongle fit the thin PCMCIA connector while the other end featured either a RJ-45 connector (for connecting an Ethernet cable) or an RJ-11 connector (for connecting to a phone line and dialup Internet access).

Today, dongles continue to be widely used in wired network setups, particular for connections to USB ports on computers. Dongle cables typically run no longer than about six inches (15 cm).

Pronunciation: DONG-ul

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