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USB to Parallel cable


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urbrojr

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I have a HP printer which has only a Parallel input but I am getting a machine which has only an USB outlet for a printer. I have seen cables that should do the trick but I am not sure if such a cable would work. don't want to buy a new printer as the present one works fine. I have seen some on the usual sites (ebay,amazon etc) but most of them are only 3Ft and I need a litle longer one (is it possible to take a usb cable from the computer to the aforementioned cable and make such a connection.
Seems logical but not sure. Any suggestions....URBROJR
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I bought a Belkin USB hub that accepts USB computer connection and outputs the parallel printer connection. It sort of works but had to call the service tech. It is not a sure bet because the drivers may not be compatible. You probably should get such a set-up from your local vendor and return it with a full refund if it does not work. If this works, you can have a long parallel cable to your printer. Hope this helps.

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Zarby thanks for your input.I will check the hub idea. One local supplier wanted almost $40.00 for a short parallel to usb cable. And the guy didn't know much except it was a cable. I will check your idea...Thanks again........URBROJR
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Hi Urbrojr,

You're welcome. Glad to be of assistance.

Zarby :)
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You might also want to consider a HP JetDirect box. It puts your printer on your local network. I have gotten a couple of these boxes for free as they are older and some companies want to get rid of old equipment.

eBay has some which are pretty cheap, but you might also try other sources such as craigslist, freecycle, freesharing, etc.
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