Guide to Various Electronics Connectors



USBs provide connection, communication, and power supply between computers and electronic devices.
usb dongle


Micro USBs allow for the same type of connections as a regular USB but on smaller devices.
micro usb


Digital and analog computer video connector.
mini displayport dongle


Digital audio, video, and data connector.
hdmi dongle Property of State of Illinois University of Illinois U-C
hdmi male


Computer analog video connector used for high definition video.
vga dongle female Property of State of Illinois University of Illinois U-C
vga dongle female



Digital and analog computer video connector.  Used on certain old Apple computers as a digital alternative to a Mini VGA connector.  Capable of carrying DVI, VGA, or TV signals through adapters.
mini dvi dongle


Digital computer video connector. Used to connect a video source to a display device.
dvi dongle female
dvi dongle male


Computer bus and power connector for Apple products. Used on newer iphones, ipads, and ipods.
lightning dongle


Data and power connector. Carries USB, FireWire, some controls, and line-level audio outputs. Used on older Apple products (iphones, ipads, and ipods).
apple pin dongle