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By MC_User ·
My kid's school asked me to look for individual classroom printers for their PC's. The machines are old Mac 5400's. The one ethernet port is used for the network and that just leaves a ADB port, no USB.

Any recommendataions on used printers or ahardware adaptor for work with ADB?

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by James R Linn In reply to Looking for Mac Compatibl ...

There were no ADB printers as far as I know.

There are localtalk printers - the port which looks like an S Video connector. Apple made inkjets with Canon engines which were great, which worked off of the localtalk port. Apple's Laserwriters weremade with HP laser engines which made them reliable, and the cartridges are still available.


I've also used to use a Localtalk to parallel converter but it needed special software to work - it worked with Laserjets, but was fairly slow becauseit used the Mac's CPU to re-raster the images.


I'd look for Apple printers - they work well and the Mac already has the drivers in the OS.

James

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by MC_User In reply to Looking for Mac Compatibl ...

Doh! I remember now. I always did get ADB and Localtalk ports confused. They were both round adaptars, but with differnt pin configurations.

What I was looking for was specific printer recommendations. Are there any current printers that still support Localtalk? As far as the old printers go, is there any model of Apple printer that I should avoid as being flakey, unreliable or expensive to operate?

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by Alpha-Male In reply to Looking for Mac Compatibl ...

Actually what it uses is a Mini-DIN serial connection to print. This is pretty much an older technology and not (or rarely) supported any longer. Still...I administered a Mac network for years. Consistantly, the users liked the Epson printers best. I was quite fond of the HPs and I had a Canon 4550 which printed 11x17 color images that I was impressed with.

That said, your best choice may be setting up a print server (like an HP Jet Direct, etc) to allow the machines to use current printersand to be able to share the resources on an ethernet LAN.
I take it you have an ethernet network in place from your description. Take full advantage of that!

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by James R Linn In reply to Looking for Mac Compatibl ...

I could not find any current printers that support localtalk - tried Apple's site and Epson. All are USB or Ethernet.

As I said before, the Apple Laserwriters are all workhorses - the Laserwriter IIs especially. QMS 410s(laser) were also a personal favorite as it would allow you to share with PCs automatically. QMS made a number of laser printers with LocalTalk ports.

As for inkjet, the Apple Stylewriters were all based on the Canon engine which is very reliable, and easy to get cartridges for. I had a Stylewriter II which worked great.

Good luck - I'd check out eBay or a store that sells used Macs.

James

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by MC_User In reply to Looking for Mac Compatibl ...

Thanks, that just the kind of information I was looking for.

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