Connect Parallel to USB

Connect Parallel to USB

Alfred Poor

Can I plug a parallel device, such as a printer, into a USB port?

L. Wong

As its name indicates, a parallel port is a parallel interface; the different bits of data are sent simultaneously down eight separate lines. USB stands for Universal Serial Bus, and the data is sent as a series of bits down a single pair of data lines. In order to connect a parallel device to a USB port, an adapter must capture the data and convert it from one format to the other. There are parallel-to-USB adapters available. For example, TigerDirect offers such adapters for less than $25 (www.tigerdirect.com/applications/Category/category_slc.asp?Id=031810). Using one of these adapters, you can turn your old parallel printer into a USB device!

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