A connection is a term that describes the link between a plug or connector into a port or jack. For example, your monitor, mouse, and keyboard all make a connection to the computer before they will be able to work.
Connecting - Describing the process of connecting a plug, wire, or other device to the computer. For example, I'm connecting my computer to the Internet.
Connections - An overall description of all available ports and jacks (more than one) on a computer.
Below is a picture of the back of a desktop computer and each of connections or ports. Although your desktop computer's layout may be different, this diagram will give you a better understanding of where everything connects.
Below are related pages for each of the connections shown above and some related terms. Clicking on each of the below links will allow you to get more information about these connections as well as related information.
Types of external ports (connections)
- Firewire (IEEE-1394)
- Modem (RJ-11 aka telephone)
- Network (RJ-45)
- PS/2 port
- Serial port (RS-232)
- Sound Card (sound out or line out, sound in or line in, Microphone, and MIDI(Joystick))
- Parallel port