The DIN connector is a small round connector, usually with a keyed slot for proper orientation.Again, it's designated as DIN-x, with 'x' representing the number of holes or pins on the connector. Itcomes in a couple of different sizes and it's been used on computers about as long as the DBconnector has. It's a fairly popular connector because of its small size and solid connection.The most common DIN connector would have to be the
keyboard connector. Its the largest of the DIN connectors that you're going to find on your computer and its been around for a long time. If you own a newer computer, then the DIN-5 has probably been replaced with a DIN-6 (mini-DIN or PS/2) connector.The
connector, was mainly used by Macintosh computers for the longest time(Macintosh also used a DIN-8 connector for their printer). You may hear them referred to as a
connector. They're smaller and more compact than the typical DIN-5 connector and have become the standard for both the keyboard and the mouse on newer PCs. If this is the case on your computer, then the two DIN-6 female ports on the back of your computer are going to look an awfullot alike, and you need to distinguish between the mouse port and the keyboard port before hookingthem up. They may be color coded or they may have a little icon beside them representing their use.Whatever the case, you're not going to do any harm if you accidentally get these two devicesswitched. Your mouse won't work, or you'll get a keyboard error at boot up. Your first course of action for troubleshooting this type of problem should be to check the connection anyway.Another port you could find on the back of an older computer is the
. It would be another miniDIN port with 9 sockets. A bus mouse or a hand-held scanner may use this type of port, but it'sunlikely that you're going to find one on a newer computer.
The RJ connector is used for communication devices. If you live in North America and have a jack on your wall that your phone connects to, that's an
connector. Now, the RJ-11 connector or port doesn't have 11 pins or 11 holes. As a matter of fact, it only connects 4 or 6 wires.You may have an RJ-11 connector on the back of your computer if you have an internal modem. Thisis to hook a phone line up allowing communication with other computers and access to the Internetand the World Wide Web.If you see two RJ-11 connectors side by side, it means that you can hook the phone line to your computer using the one jack, and then an extension phone can be plugged into the other jack. A lot of modems today allow for fax and voice capabilities. This means that you can fax from your computer,it can double as an answering machine that records messages and voice mail, and, if you havespeakers and a microphone, you can even use it as a speakerphone.An
connector looks much like the RJ-11, only larger. It connects 8 wires and is used for network ethernet connections. If you see and RJ-45 connector or port on the back of your computer then there's two possibilities; Your computer is hooked up to a network or intranet, or, you have cablehookup to the Internet and the World Wide Web. The latter uses an RJ-45 connection between the