What are some of the Ports available on a Computer?
A computer port is a connection point that helps user to connect an external or internal device with a computer system. Internal ports may connect devices such as hard drives and CD ROM or DVD drives; while, external ports may connect devices such as modems, printers and other devices.
Types of ports:
Serial Port: A serial port is an interface that allows a PC to transmit or receive data one bit at a time. Compared to a parallel port, the data transfer rate of a serial port is slower. Used for external modems and older computer mouse.
Parallel Port: A parallel port is an interface that allows to send multiple bits of data at once. Used for scanners and printers.
PS/2 Port: This port is used to connect a keyboard and mouse with the computer.
Universal Serial Bus (or USB) Port: This port is used to connect external devices, including external storage devices and other devices, to your computer. Types: USB Type A, USB Type B, Micro USB, USB Type C
VGA Port: It connects a monitor, projector or TV to a computer
Power Connector: It is a three pronged plug. It is used to connect the computer's power cable to a power socket.
Firewire Port: It transfers large amounts of data at very fast speeds. It connects camcorders and video equipments to the computer.
Ethernet Port: It enables a computer to connect to a network or high speed internet.
Game Port: It is used to connect a joystick to the computer. It is now replaced by a USB port.
Digital Video Interface, DVI port: DVI stands for digital video interface, it is used to connect a flat panel LCD monitor to computer and enhance their quality.
Audio Port: Audio ports are used to connect speakers or other audio output devices with the computer.
HDMI Port: It stands for High Definition Media Interface. It is used to connect external devices to a computer that require high data transfer rate within them. For example: connecting cameras, LEDs, gaming consoles with LEDs etc.