Details of printer ports in Windows® 7
What are printer ports? Why are they important for Windows 7?
A printer port is a hardware interface which helps you to connect peripheral devices, such as printers, to a central computer system. Printer ports were generally used to affix various types of external devices to your computer but the use of the printer port has been replaced by the use of Universal Serial Bus or USB technology. Printer ports were the foremost media of parallel data transmission to external devices, before the invention of USB devices. Most printer ports are manufactured in a standard size to provide simple connectivity. Therefore, models from diverse companies can work with the same the printer port and connecting cable when attached to the system.
Below are the details regarding printer ports in Windows 7:
- Uses of printer ports
- Benefits of printer ports
- Printer ports in Windows 7
Uses of printer ports
The major role and benefits of a printer port is to attach your peripheral devices to the computer. Dongles were the earliest devices to use parallel printer ports. Dongles are used as a hardware key form of software copy protection. Zip drives and scanners are the other external devices which use printer ports for their connection to the computer. Printer ports are also used by external hard disk drives, CD ROM drives and network adapters. Certain devices like EPROM programmers and hardware controllers are also connected to parallel printer ports.
Benefits of printer ports
A printer port implements the method of parallel transmission. It works faster by passing manifold information between devices that are connected by parallel channels. The printer ports or the parallel ports help you to connect your peripheral devices to the computer. By connecting external devices you can perform many tasks with your computer. The connected printer helps you to perform printing tasks and other connected devices perform their own jobs. This helps you to carry out most of your jobs like printing, scanning and managing files with the same computer which saves your time.
Select the 'Control Panel' from the Start menu. From the Control Panel select 'Devices and Printers'. It provides a list of all external devices and printers. Then right click on the 'Printer' icon and select the 'Properties' option. This will show all the properties of the printer which is connected to the system. By clicking the 'Port' option available at the top of the window, you will get the information about the printer port.
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