How well do USB -> parallel adapters work for printers?
Mike.Jeays at rogers.com
Wed Oct 19 05:05:22 PDT 2005
On Wed, 2005-10-19 at 03:34, Sandy Rutherford wrote:
> >>>>> On Tue, 18 Oct 2005 09:19:59 -0400,
> >>>>> Bill Moran <wmoran at potentialtech.com> said:
> > The guy who provides our hardware recommended a USB -> parallel adapter,
> > but I've got no experience with these. I've been warned about USB ->
> > serial adapaters and how the translation isn't always 100%, so I'm
> > trying to gather some information before I go forward with this plan.
> > Anyone use one of these? How well do they work in general? How well
> > do they work under FreeBSD?
> Depends on the printer. They do not work with HP OfficeJets. I have
> been able to get an Entegra USB -> parallel adapter to work with with
> an HP Laserjet III and FreeBSD 4.10. However, I haven't been able to
> get the same adapter to work with a Lexmark Optra S. Frankly, if you
> can put a network card into the printer, that will most likely be far
> more trouble free.
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My Epson C86 works fairly well with the USB connection on 5.3. I say
"fairly well", beacuse I have seen one of two complete crashes if I send
a document to it while it is still powering up.
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