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0.8m USB to 36-Pin Parallel Printer Cable Converter

0.8m USB to 36-Pin Parallel Printer Cable Converter (Photo )
0.8m USB to 36-Pin Parallel Printer Cable Converter (Photo )
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0.8m USB to 36-Pin Parallel Printer Cable Converter (Thumbnail )

Let's hear it for the dot matrix printer! *Grind grind grind grind*

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Let's hear it for the dot matrix printer! *Grind grind grind grind*

This USB to 36-Pin "Micro Ribbon" Parallel (LPT/Printer) adapter cable allows you to run an old-timey printer that only has the super-old-style IEEE 1284 socket (you remember the one with the wire spring clips?) on a modern computer via a regular USB socket! You printer will rise from the dead to walk the earth once more!

All you need are the appropriate drivers for your operating system, or compatible generic drivers you can ask your manufacturer for (or check online). There's not a lot else to talk about; the cable is lightweight, rugged and easily flexible to work in tight spaces. It's the easiest way to work with old parallel printers on modern Windows-based PCs and Laptops.


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  • Connection Type: Male USB (Type-A) plug to Female 36-Pin Parallel Port (Micro Ribbon 36-Pin)
  • USB 1.1 Compliant
  • No software required for the cable (device drivers may be needed)
  • Silver plated connectors
  • Handy 0.8 metre length (80cm)
  • Compatible with Windows 2000/Me/XP/Vista/7 & 8
  • Colours: Black
  • Note: NOT Bi-Directional. USB PC to Parallel Printer ONLY
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Product Summary & Specifications
Product Code:
Connector A:
USB 2.0 Type A (Male)
Connector B:
36-Pin 'Micro Ribbon' Printer Connector (Female)
Cable Type:
USB type A (Male) to Parallel 36-Pin (Female)

(11th July, 2014)
Product Review by Paul,
Start Quote When I purchased your product I found the connection of my old parallel printer (LaserJet 4L) worked from my laptop easily, without any technical knowledge being required. I had read many blogs about difficulties with this type of device and have been most pleased that it automatically adapted to my USB ports and I didn’t need IT assistance. Start Quote
Posted: 1st July, 2015
Question: Do you have same product but with longer cable eg. 1.5m approx?
Answer: "Unfortunately not. The only way we can make this cable longer is to attach a USB extension."
Posted: 29th August, 2015
Question: I note that it is USB 1.1 compliant.
Will this work efficiently with USB 2.0 connections ?
Answer: "It will work at USB 1.1 speed"

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