How to connect a USB printer to an LPT port
It is much easier to connect an old printer to a new computer than it is to connect an old printer to an old computer. The most modern printers come with USB connection, since it is faster and easier to configure than the parallel used in the past. If the computer is less than 10 years old, it will most likely have a USB interface and connect a new printer that would not be a problem. However, if you have an old PC, it is likely that you do not have a USB port that allows such a connection. Then you will need a special adapter for the conversion of the parallel port to USB for this connection to work.
Turn off the computer to which you want to connect the USB printer.
Connect the parallel port to USB conversion adapter to the corresponding computer input. Adjust the screws in the sockets to the left and to the right of the port.
Connect the AC adapter to the port adapter in an available power outlet. If the device receives power through the keyboard, disconnect the keyboard from the computer and insert the plug of the adapter into the female socket of the “Y” cable that comes with the adapter from the parallel port to USB. Connect the male end of the “Y” port adapter cable to the keyboard connection on the computer.
Insert the flat end of the USB cable into the female slot of the parallel-to-USB port adapter. Connect the other end of the cable to the printer.
Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for configuring the USB printer and install the drivers and applications.
- Jan Axelson ”s Lakeview Research – Central parallel port
- Computer Hope: Can I get my USB printer to work on the parallel port?