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In Computer Lingo, Small USB-Based Hardware Additions Are Called What?

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Answer: Dongles

It’s fairly common for computer users the world over to expand the capability of their computers using USB-based expansions. No Bluetooth support on your laptop? A cheap USB expansion will solve that problem. Want draft-N WiFi? There’s a USB-based solution for that too.

These small USB-based hardware expansions to your computer are known as dongles. Originally dongles were security-oriented: the dongle functioned as a hardware based key for either the computer itself or software on it. While those type of dongles still exist, they’ve been greatly surpassed in use by general hardware dongles that cheaply expand the hardware capabilities of the user’s computer.