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parallel connection

By rwert ·
My D400 Dell Latitude is so small Dell didn't configure a parallel port, so I can't hook to many non-USB printers. I have a serial port. How can I bridge from serial or USB to parallel?

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by TheChas In reply to parallel connection

More and more computers are going to be configured without "legacy" ports and drives.

What you can do, is get a USB to Parallel adapter cable similar to this one:

They allow you to connect most parallel printers to a standard USB port.

Devices do exist for connecting a parallel printer to a serial port. They are more expensive, and slower than the USB adapter.


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