Do You Know How To Push People’s Buttons?
Pushing The Right Buttons
Do you know how to push people’s buttons?
Whether it be with at home or in the office, there are people who magically get people to do what they want, while others are always having a hard time.
Sometimes the difference could be the first person knows how to push people in the correct way to get their way.
The same applies to ports on your computers and routers.
Read below to learn all the basics of ports, and how by plugging in the right port makes all the difference between success and failure.
Ever plugged something into your computer?
While we all plug in something (some more then others) into our computers, the technical term for the “jacks” are ports.
Today we will be discussing the USB ports.
What does USB stand for?
USB stands for Universal Serial Bus. While many computers have a “blue jack for the monitor” which is also referred to as the VGA port for your monitor and a “power slot” for the power cord, the USB slot is a standard size port which allows for many different items to connect to your computer without required a special port built into your computer.
As a side note, the USB has the ability to read/transfer data as well as to supply the device with power. (That’s how the USB plug is able to charge your cell phone when it is connected to the computer.)
Ever “pushed the wrong plug”?
While within human interactions, we almost all have pushed the wrong plug, which resulted in a blown fuse, we may not have realized it when it happened with our technology.
How does this apply to your technology?
Ever tried printing, but the printer just never got the message (to print)?
Perhaps you plugged the printer’s USB cord into a different open USB port on the computer. To you, all USB ports are the same, but that’s not true to the computer. Each port has different software installed on it, to allow for different functionalities. Therefore, the fix may be as simple as plugging the printer cable into the original USB port or configuring your printer driver to the new port.
Until now we were discussing ports which are generally physical ports. Network ports have some similarities and differences to physical ports.
How are computer and network ports similar?
Both are conduits for programs to access drivers or networks
How are they different?
– There is no physical location for network ports
– The more “open ports” one has on their network, the more susceptible they are to being attacked
– USB ports are able to provide power, where as network ports are virtual software
Is there anything which is considered standard?
Yes! Below is a list of standard network ports with their associated port numbers:
FRP is port 21
SMTP is port 25
POP3 is port 110
IMAP is port 143
HTTPS is port 443
Remote Desktop is port 3389
Why may one use their network ports?
Network ports allow for businesses to function over the network. Some common examples include:
– Remote Desktop
– VoIP phones
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