howtogeek at April 30th, 2013 16:03 — #1
Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/149233/what-is-the-difference-between-a-fob-and-a-dongle/
Your office mate says the new device your company issued is a fob, and you say it’s a dongle. Before things come to fisticuffs in front of the water cooler, let’s investigate.
rkgeekville at April 30th, 2013 16:09 — #2
A dongle is used to bypass the bios password. You plug it in to the computer. That's all I know.
xhi at April 30th, 2013 16:14 — #3
Surely, like the recently accepted word "conversate", if fob is used erroneously long enough it will be accepted in the dictionary.
drbawb at April 30th, 2013 16:22 — #4
I've only heard "fob" in the context of a "key fob", e.g: a dongle that is designed to fit on a keychain.
I think dongle is just a broader term for the same thing.
ronniesonora at April 30th, 2013 17:38 — #5
jcx at May 1st, 2013 04:23 — #6
I use a Samsung dongle to access all-share on my led linked wireless to the internet, good for 10 feet. "Beep, beep"!
nanogeek at May 1st, 2013 12:09 — #7
I thought: A fob, is something on your keys that you use to open doors, etc... It works remotely.
A dongle, is something that you plug into your computer for whatever reason (3G internet...)
jcx at May 1st, 2013 19:06 — #8
Yea that's exactly right 1 opens doors & 1 adds internet to your TV, maybe they started out the same wireless device & fob eventually won out! "who'd of thought?"
I don't know of any one else's experiences but I find internet TV to be a waste of time.
downtrain at May 3rd, 2013 02:42 — #9
I have three things. A fob which is a proximity device, it unlocks and locks doors. The dongle is a wired device i.e. current flows through the connection. The third device is a card, similar function to a fob. The card is read and the door is released so I can get into my unit. All of this does not fit in a fob pocket!