howtogeek — 2013-04-30T16:03:01-04:00 — #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 — 2013-04-30T16:09:16-04:00 — #2
A dongle is used to bypass the bios password. You plug it in to the computer. That's all I know.
xhi — 2013-04-30T16:14:08-04:00 — #3
Surely, like the recently accepted word "conversate", if fob is used erroneously long enough it will be accepted in the dictionary.
drbawb — 2013-04-30T16:22:08-04:00 — #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 — 2013-04-30T17:38:07-04:00 — #5
jcx — 2013-05-01T04:23:52-04:00 — #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 — 2013-05-01T12:09:42-04:00 — #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 — 2013-05-01T19:06:26-04:00 — #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 — 2013-05-03T02:42:03-04:00 — #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!