USB to parallel for printer HP LaserJet 4mL
wblock at wonkity.com
Wed May 21 16:01:22 UTC 2014
On Tue, 20 May 2014, Markus Hoenicka wrote:
> At 2014-05-19 15:49, Matthias Apitz was heard to say:
>> I have an older printer HP LaserJet 4mL which always worked nicely when
>> attached to my FreeBSD servers/laptops using its parallel interface.
>> Now I do not have any such laptop with parallel anymore. Are there any
>> recommendations for an USB to parallel interface for printers?
>> Thanks in advance
> Not quite USB to parallel, but rather RJ45 to parallel: we used to have a
> JetDirect external network adapter for an old LaserJet in our lab which did
> the trick for us. Used or refurbished ones seem to be affordable. I guess you
> have some sort of switch or router to connect your laptop to.
I agree that a network connection is more useful. Some older routers
had parallel printer ports. Any generic USB to parallel converter is
also likely to work.
However, if the price of a used external JetDirect or USB adapter is
over $20, I would suggest instead upgrading the printer. Used business
laser printers aren't too hard to find for $50 or less, and many include
USB or Ethernet or both. They will also be much faster.
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