Washington, D.C. (May 28, 2013) -
Editor's Note: TV's
Answer Man, aka Swanni, takes your questions regarding how to
best use the latest products and services in TV technology. If
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Q. Okay, TV Answer
Man, I have a Panasonic TV that can get the Internet but my
smart aleck bro says I need a dongle. What the hell is a dongle?
-- Tom, Brooklyn.
Tom, there are two different
kinds of Smart TVs. One has Wi-Fi built-in, which means your set
can automatically pick up the signal of your home network. The
other kind of Smart TV is what's called a 'Wi-Fi-ready' set.
That means you will need, yes, a dongle to access your home
network and watch your favorite streaming services such as
Netflix and Amazon.
So, what is a dongle?
A dongle is the term used to
describe a type of wireless adapter that plugs into your TV
(usually in your USB port). When you plug it in, the dongle acts
as an antenna that can receive the signal of your home network.
That allows your set to access the Net and display streaming