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A Chromecast stick plugged into the HDMI port of a TV. The wire attached to the other end is the USB power supply.

A dongle is a small piece of computer hardware. When a dongle is plugged into a device it will provide additional functionality, or connect a device that adds functionality.[1]

The term has been used for similar devices such as:

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Security dongles are typically used to help prevent unauthorized use and copying of certain forms of software. They used to use the serial port or parallel port. Most are now in USB format.

Very short cables that connect relatively large jacks to smaller plugs. It allow cables to be easily installed and removed from equipment with limited space available for connectors. The Chromecast devit means a short adapter cable is not needed.

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  1. Watson, David Lilburn; Jones, Andrew (2013-08-30). Digital Forensics Processing and Procedures: Meeting the Requirements of ISO 17020, ISO 17025, ISO 27001 and Best Practice Requirements. Newnes. ISBN 9781597497459.
  2. Lee, Dave (2016-11-07). "Discussing the dongles". BBC News. Retrieved 2019-04-21.

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