Sunday, March 27, 2011

What is a Dongle

Here's a good one for you. I need a 'dongle' apparently for visiting a resort where they don't have wireless internet, but they have broadband. We have emailed back and forth and seem to be talking at cross purposes. The guys in Staples thought I was being rude when I asked them!!! Anyone out there got an answer? My netbook has wifi - so it's not a wifi dongle. Or is it?


  1. HAHA! Love this! A dongle is basically like a mobile internet connection, usually a little box the size of a mobile phone that you plug into your computer that gives you your own source of internet without the need for a nearby wireless network. HOWEVER, It is always awkward going into a shop and asking them if they can show you their dongles...

  2. OK - the reply is below - this seems to clarify things. I am assuming from this that a device (iPad, Kindle) with 3G would not need a 'dongle'. I am also assuming that one bought in Canada, might or might not work in the UK.

    "There is no internet access in the resort for you to connect to using the inbuilt wireless connectivity on your laptop. This will only allow you to use Wi-fi in nearby places such as Macdonalds and Costa Coffee which offer free wifi access.

    In order to receive internet access in your apartment you will need to buy a Pay As You Go Internet Dongle for mobile broadband. Mobile broadband dongles are portable USB devices that provide your computer with a 3G internet connection.

    These dongles are made by mobile phone networks such as O2, Vodafone, Three and Orange. A small sim card is put inside the dongle and this provides you with 3G internet access wherever there is phone signal coverage for that particular area.

    These can be purchased in most reputable supermarkets throughout the UK.

    I hope that clears things up for you.

    Best wishes,"