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Josh Jun 15, 2010, 07:06pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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I have an old laser printer that I'm trying to get working with my computer, which does not have a parallel port.
Is it possible to use a print server as an adapter to connect that printer to my computer with? If so, how will the computer recognize it? Will it see it as a network printer?


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Nathan Daniels Jun 16, 2010, 02:41pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Print Server as Parallel to Ethernet adapter?
That could work, yes. But it would take a lot of configuring and possibly lots of cabling. I suggest a Parallel-to-USB adapter. You can find them at most computer stores. Here is a cheap one:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681222401...-_-Product

If you still want to use the print server as an adapter, do you have a switch/router or are you planning to plug the cable directly into your computer's NIC?

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Josh Jun 16, 2010, 03:23pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Print Server as Parallel to Ethernet adapter?
That look pretty good, except how are the drivers going to be for that? Would I use the same drivers that I'd use if I were connecting it via parallel?
This printer is about 15 years old, so I highly doubt that there are current drivers for it.

My thought was that if it was connected as a network printer, sometimes legacy devices more readily connect to new computers as network printers than as local.

I had been planning on plugging it directly into the NIC port - I know it will work if I plug it into the router, but the router is on a different floor of the house, and I wanted the printer to be closer.

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Jun 16, 2010, 04:25pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Print Server as Parallel to Ethernet adapter?
Josh, where the hell you been, old bean?

Josh Jun 16, 2010, 04:49pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Print Server as Parallel to Ethernet adapter?
Hey there McFly :)
In two words: School, and Girlfriend.

Been a loong time since I've hung around here - I still browse occasionally, but don't have the time I used to... nice to know that someone remembers me ;)
Looks like there's been a bit of changes 'round here since I was active...

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Nathan Daniels Jun 16, 2010, 07:01pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Print Server as Parallel to Ethernet adapter?
Josh said:
That look pretty good, except how are the drivers going to be for that? Would I use the same drivers that I'd use if I were connecting it via parallel?
This printer is about 15 years old, so I highly doubt that there are current drivers for it.

My thought was that if it was connected as a network printer, sometimes legacy devices more readily connect to new computers as network printers than as local.

I had been planning on plugging it directly into the NIC port - I know it will work if I plug it into the router, but the router is on a different floor of the house, and I wanted the printer to be closer.


I believe the drivers for the adapter make the system think the USB port is actually a parallel port so the old printer drivers will still work fine. As far as the printer drivers are concerned, they are communicating through a parallel port.

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Adam Kolak Jun 16, 2010, 08:34pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Print Server as Parallel to Ethernet adapter?
Josh said:
Hey there McFly :)
In two words: School, and Girlfriend.

Been a loong time since I've hung around here - I still browse occasionally, but don't have the time I used to... nice to know that someone remembers me ;)
Looks like there's been a bit of changes 'round here since I was active...

Wow, yeah it has been a while, I remember years and years ago we would always email each other about tech stuff. It's been quite a while since I've had the time to come on here too. Luckily for me I am not taking classes at the moment, and lets just say things didn't go well on the second word. Nice to hear from you again!

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Josh Jun 17, 2010, 01:03am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Print Server as Parallel to Ethernet adapter?
Adam Kolak said:
Wow, yeah it has been a while, I remember years and years ago we would always email each other about tech stuff. It's been quite a while since I've had the time to come on here too. Luckily for me I am not taking classes at the moment, and lets just say things didn't go well on the second word. Nice to hear from you again!

Yeah, those were good times! I sure learned alot of what I know from talking with you... We had some pretty good conversations about stuff!
I miss highschool, and all the free time that goes along with it - I guess that's how life goes...
Good to hear from you, too!

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john albrich Jan 20, 2011, 05:40am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Print Server as Parallel to Ethernet adapter?

If the $15 isn't a problem, I'd try the USB2Par adapter first. Dirt easy, dirt cheap.

But you're right to be concerned that drivers aren't likely available. I have a really old laser printer that still worked GREAT using a USB2Par adapter (under WinXP 32bit), but because the last available driver was for WinME, a the special/unique capabilities of the printer just weren't available. Worked fine for run-of-the-mill text, though. I haven't tried it with Win7 and probably never will as I use a newer printer now.

I was pretty amazed as I only ever added 3rd party toner, and the printer just kept plunking along.


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