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Sabrent USB to Parallel IEEE 1284 Printer Cable Adapter (CB-CN36)

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  • Connect a printer to your computer without any necessary driver software.
  • Fully plug and play compatible.
  • Automatically negotiates hardware recognition for faster setup of your printer.
  • Compatible with most printers.
  • Easy, fast and convenient way to connect your printer.
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Sabrent USB to Parallel IEEE 1284 Printer Cable Adapter (CB-CN36) + AmazonBasics USB 2.0 A-Male to A-Female Extension Cable - 9.8 Feet (3 Meters) + Sabrent 4-Port USB 2.0 Hub with Individual Power Switches and LEDs (HB-UMLS)
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Technical Details

Color: Male
  • Brand Name: Sabrent
  • Model: CB-CN36
  • Item Package Quantity: 1

Product Details

Color: Male
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • ASIN: B00IDU0T1Y
  • Item model number: CB-CN36
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)
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Product Description

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Description:
The Sabrent CB-CN36 USB to Printer Cable effectively turns your parallel printer into a USB printer! The 36M Centronics Connector from the Sabrent Converter will connect to the 36F Centronics Connector on your printer. Compatible with USB 1.1 and 2.0, this driverless solution makes connecting your printer easy.

Features:
* Sends print jobs to parallel printers through USB port
* Fully compliant with USB 1.1/2.0 and IEEE 1284 specifications
* Bi-directional data transfer over parallel port for high speed
* sprinting up to 12Mbps data transfer rate
* Lowe power consumption, no external power adapter needed
* Supports most printers
* Plug & Play for effortless installation

System requirements:
* Mac OS 9.1 & higher
* Windows 98SE /ME /2000 /XP /Vista /7/8
* Printer with 36-pin Centronics Port (standard printer port)
* PC or MAC with USB Interface
Please Note:
Not all printers may work with this cable in Windows or Mac OS.
Check with your printer manufacturer to confirm whether the printer itself supports a USB to Parallel conversion.

Package contents
* USB 2.0 TO PRINTER CONVERTER CABLE (6 FT) CENTRONICS (36-PIN)
* Driver CD

Warranty:
This product comes with a LIFETIME warranty.
In order for us to properly assist you, please follow these simple instructions:
Go to sabrent.com/support and click 'Submit a ticket'.
Submit your ticket.
You must include your Amazon Order ID# number in the subject line.

Customer Reviews

What a great solution to revive an old printer!
John
This allows me to use my old HP Laserjet that is still working perfectly, but when I got my new computer, there were no parallel ports.
Steven Scott
This cable works perfectly so far with my HP LaserJet 4000 and Windows 8.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Meiko on June 18, 2014
Color Name: Male Verified Purchase
I have successfully used this cable to install two legacy printers. I installed an Epson 1010 dot matrix printer on a Windows 7 desktop computer and an HP Deskjet 693C color inkjet printer on a Windows 8.1 desktop computer.

It appears that some of the negative comments from others may be as a result of a misunderstanding of how to install printers. In both cases the installation was quick and simple. The cable was immediately recognized and installed by the computers themselves (resulting in a "driver successfully installed" message). After that I started the "Add A Printer" feature in Windows (in the Control Panel). Both computers brought up a list of printers to select from, but in both cases the printers that I was trying to install were not listed. I then clicked on "Windows Update". That initiated a search for the printer driver in the Microsoft database. This took quite a few minutes. This brought up an expanded list of printers. As a result, I was able to find the appropriate drivers. After installation, the test printing was successful. I was amazed that this worked so well since both printers are very old and the manufacturers no longer support them. I was even more pleased and surprised that it worked with Windows 8.1.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C.S. Michael on February 20, 2014
Color Name: Female (THUMBSCREWS Connectors) Verified Purchase
I have an old HP printer (parallel cable ONLY) that keeps on kickin'.

In the decade since buying the old printer, I have purchased 2 new printers. But I still prefer using the old printer because I can source cheap ink for it. Plus, the old printer just works, whereas the new ones are quite unreliable.

Anyway, I purchased this cable and it worked great - literally a "plug & play"experience. I plugged it up to my PC, Windows 7 downloaded & installed both necessary drivers, and I immediately printed a document. Money well spent.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By El Camino on December 12, 2014
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Printer cable works great. Using this cable, I was able to use an older HP 6L laser printer with the parallel connector. Plugged the adapter cable into the old printer and into a USB slot on a hub. Computer recognized the new component, searched for a driver, and installed driver with absolutely no problem. The entire process took less than a minute and I was reunited with the old printer again. Cable works great and I wouldn't hesitate to order from Sabrent again.
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Color Name: Female (HEXNUT Connectors)
Although every new printer has a USB port, I have a few older, but still perfectly functioning printers that only have parallel inputs. I've been using those printers with PCs that have a parallel output port but, as those PCs get retired, it's getting harder to find a way to hook up the old printers. This solves that problem very well.

It's a simple cable. One end is a USB plug; the other is a DB25 female parallel port. IMPORTANT: you want to check your printer to make sure it can accept a DB25 female plug. Many printers only have a 36-pin Centronics input. If so, you need to get this one: Sabrent USB to Parallel IEEE 1284 Printer Cable Adapter (CB-CN36)

The cable itself is decent. Thin, but the jacket feels more than sturdy enough for the job at hand. It's only 6 foot long which is OK for my needs but just barely. A longer version (10 or 12 foot) would be nice.

Works fine, and no complaints.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JP TOP 500 REVIEWER on December 28, 2014
Color Name: Female (HEXNUT Connectors)
I have an older printer that I got one to many ink cartridges for back in the day. As I try to wear down that stock, it's been harder and harder to keep my printer compatible with the changing technology. Now days it's almost impossible to find a Desktop with a parallel port and is impossible to find one on a notebook computer. Wireless hubs were too much trouble for me and that's why I love this Sabrent USB 2.0 To DB25 IEEE-1284 Parallel Printer Cable Adapter.

I'm fortunate enough that my printer works really well with the latest operating systems on its older drivers. Keep in mind though, this may not be a one fit solution for most, as most printers that have parallel connectivity only, may require updated drivers to work. For me, this Sabrent cable has been a wonderful solution.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rob Slaven TOP 100 REVIEWER on December 28, 2014
Color Name: Female (HEXNUT Connectors)
I received this product free for review but as always, despite receiving a free product I'm perfectly candid in my review. I want you to have as good an experience on Amazon as I do.

* Solid cable, works like a charm

* Light and flexible, unlike a lot of cables of this sort
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Color Name: Male Verified Purchase
After lots of trial and error I finally got my ancient Epson ActionPrinter 5000+ ESCP P2 Quiet (Model P630B) impact printer connected to Windows 7 (64-bit) and printing! (Suck it, ink-wasting, head-clogging ink cartridge printers!) I am incredibly ecstatic about this after wasting heaps of MONEY and TIME on modern color ink jet printers when all I want to do is print out black and white documents. Sometimes the old technology is just more reliable.

Installation Guide:
1) Plug the Sabrent cable into the back of your ancient printer.
2) Turn on the printer.
3) Plug the cable into a USB port on your PC. Windows should automatically install drivers for the USB device, and when it's done it will report the following devices as "Ready to use": "USB Printing Support" and "No Printer Attached".
4) Open the control panel's Printer listing, and select "Add a printer."
5) Select "Add a local printer."
6) When prompted to "Choose a printer port," select "Use an existing port," and from the drop-down list find and select the item containing "Virtual printer port for USB." It may look something like "USB001 (Virtual printer port for USB)."
7) When prompted to "Install the printer driver," if you cannot find your ancient printer listed, click "Windows Update." The installer will contact MicroSoft's online database to search for more printer drivers. This WILL take several minutes.
8) If you still cannot find your printer, refer to your printer's official documentation (a web search may be necessary) to see if it lists any "compatible drivers." (My printer's manual lists 9 alternative printers with compatible drivers.
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