Cable Connection Types


  • Which cable do I need to connect my monitor to my computer?
  • My monitor cable doesn't fit into my computer, which one do I need?
  • How do I connect my monitor to my computer?
  • Do I need all of the cables that arrived with my monitor?


A variety of different cables are used to connect various peripherals to a computer, including monitor, Ethernet, mouse, keyboard, scanner, etc. The variety of different ports can make it complicated to figure out what goes where.

You may run into this more often if you receive a new computer and you need to connect it to new or existing peripherals.


Table includes photos of cables and the port it plugs into for the most common items in use on campus.

Connector   Port Cable Description

There are many different types of USB-C cables but the one that came with your new computer will be used to power and charge your laptop. 

Mac's will have multiple USB-C ports, and it doesn't matter which side you plug in to.

Dell Laptops will have a USB-C port on the right side near the back of it.

USB 3.0 Type A
to USB Type B
The USB-B (the squareish end) plugs in to your monitor and the USB-A end, plugs in to your laptop or adapter. It provides power to the USB ports on your monitor.
HDMI HDMI stands for High Definition Multimedia Interface and it delivers audio and video. It will go from your monitor, to your laptop or adapter. 
Display Port Displayport is a digital display interface that is used to connect your adapter or dock to your monitor.   

Ethernet Port


Standard Ethernet port is found on most laptops, desktops and network wall ports.

Ethernet Port


Expandable Ethernet port is found on some slimmer laptops.

If you need further assistance, please contact the Bowdoin College Service Desk


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