Importance of printer ports on Windows® XP®
Details of location of printer ports on Windows XP
In computer networking, a port can refer to either physical or virtual. Physical network ports allow connecting cables to computers and modems. There are different types of ports available and they are Ethernet ports, USB ports and serial ports. Virtual ports are part of TCP/IP protocol suite. Virtual ports allow software applications to share hardware resources without interfering with each other. Printer port is an interface which helps you to connect your peripheral devices, such as printers, scanners to a central computer system. 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 the simple accomplishment.
Following are the uses, benefits and location of printer ports on Windows XP operating system:
- Uses of printer ports
- Benefits of printer ports
- Location of printer ports
Uses of printer ports
A printer port is used to attach your printer to the system. The dongles are the one of the earliest devices to use parallel printer ports. Dongles are used as a hardware key form of software copy protection. Printer ports are also used to connect external hard disk drives, CD ROM drives and network adapters to your system. Certain devices like EPROM programmers and hardware controllers also use printer ports.
Benefits of printer ports
A printer port implements the method of parallel transmission. Pinter ports works faster by passing information between devices which are connected by parallel channels. The printer ports help you to connect your peripheral devices to your system. It supports a wide range of external devices.
To find the location of printer ports in a Windows XP operating system, select the Control Panel from the Start menu. Select 'Devices and Printers' option from the Control Panel. It provides a list of all external devices and printers. Then right click on your printer icon and select 'Properties'. 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 printer port.
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