What is a Parallel Port and how can you connect a USB printer on a parallel port?
Parallel port is an economic and very simple method for constructing devices that are computer controlled and programmed. It is quite popular worldwide for the simplicity that it holds and ease up various computer programmings. The popularity of parallel ports came with the introduction of printers that are attached to the computers. Parallel port is uniquely designed for the purpose of connecting printers to the computers. Popular devices are often known with more than one name. The other name for this port is 'Centronics port'. The name 'Centronics' is taken from a well known printer manufacturing company known as Centronics. Earlier when parallel port was introduced in the market, only one port was available in almost all the PC’s which was a 25 pin female connector. Later it was announced that more ports can be added either by buying or by inserting ISA/PCI port cards. There are certain modes of parallel port that has been introduced in 1994, like Nibble Mode, Compatibility mode, Byte Mode, ECP and EPP
To understand more about parallel port, read on the content given below.
- Steps to connect a USB printer on a parallel port
- Preliminary steps
- Printer installation processes
Steps to connect a USB printer on a parallel port:
It has been noticed in most of the cases that computers are not often provided with USB ports. Nowadays although computers are not made in such a way, new printers are not always provided with parallel ports. So connecting new printers to old computers under such cases is quite challenging itself. USB parallel port is an easy way to make a connection between old computers and new printers. There are a few methods to execute the technique which is discussed in the following paragraphs.
The first step towards execution of the method is to buy a USB-to-parallel adapter cord. This cord is easily available from online retail stores. The next step is to switch on both the computer and the printer and to make sure that the computer has finished booting and simultaneously the printer is sufficiently warmed up for the functions to execute. These two are the preliminary set ups before proceeding any further to the actual mechanisms.
Now comes the most important part of the whole technique and that is to make the connection happen. Now the USB-to-parallel adapter cord is used to make the connection between the computer and the printer. Constant monitoring is not required as the computer will detect the printer itself which is an automatic process. Now comes the final step of installation and that is to make the program work. For installation at first, the printer’s drivers are installed onto the computer. If the installation disc is available at that point, the rest of the procedure becomes easy as only the instructions have to be followed thereafter. But if the disc is not available, then the printer’s drivers have to be downloaded from the website of the printer’s manufacturer and hence installation can be completed creating the connection between the printer and the computer finally.
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