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IOGEAR GUC1284B USB to Parallel Adapter
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- Product Type - Adapter
- Warranty - 3 Years Limited
- Warranty - 3 Years Limited
- - Up to 12 Mbps Data Transfer Rate
- - Low Power Consumption, No Need for External Power Adapter
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It gets better: If you have an Apple AirPort Base Station (Extreme, Express, or Time Capsule) the IOGear cable can be used to connect your printer to your wireless network. Plug it into the base station's USB port and your printer will magically appear in OS X's Print dialog under "Nearby Printers". For OS X versions earlier than 10.6 is will appear under Bonjour Printers.
With the release of Snow Leopard, Apple eliminated support for Appletalk. Fortunately my Appletalk printers also have parallel ports, so by using this cable I won't have to replace perfectly good printers when I upgrade to OS X 10.6.
(Update: I tried it with a new iMac running OS X 10.6.8. Works fine, including connecting using the Airport Express USB port.)
Just remember this cable is for printing only. The print function of multifunction printers ought to work but other functions such as scanning probably won't.
After that I did a test print and it worked! Bottom line is that the device does work as a plug-and-play for Windows 7. It should also work on Vista. FYI, the driver CD-ROM is of no value for Vista/Windows 7. IOGEAR could have avoided a call if they had properly documented this. Their website has no info on the issue.
I shut down the Mac completely. After power up, I was able to send 2 jobs to the printer without having to pull the cable. I tried another job later and it was back to only putting it in the queue, but not printing.
I called IOGear tech support. They said the product isn't for Macs and wouldn't provide any support.
Although others have reported success here, I can't say it works flawlessly for me. I'd love to know if I'm overlooking something to get it working as well as it has for others.
I think I've found what I was overlooking: I had to explicitly set the driver. It was already on the Mac, just needed to be set manually. On Snow Leopard (10.6.x), from the Print & Fax panel in System Preferences, choose the printer and hit the "Options & Supplies' button. Then, on the Driver tab, hit the Print Using drop-down and select "HP LaserJet 5MP - Gutenprint v5.2.3" .
When I received the shipment, I connected the cable to the printer and to my laptop (running Windows 7 Professional). I then turned on power. Next, the HP LaserJet 5P/5MP Postscript printer driver was installed automatically on my laptop. The printer was ready for use. I have been using the 5MP for several days now and things are working fine as before, thanks for this little cable.
Reuse - Reduce - Recycle - Revive.
On shipping - This item was sold by Amazon with Free Standard Shipping (3-5 days). It only took less than 1.5 days for me to receive the shipment by standard shipping (I placed order at 8:39am and received the shipment 12:06pm the next day). I live in Atlanta so the shipping time is probably shorter than usual.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
We used this on a Dell Windows 7 PC, and it worked, even with a USB extension. No need for the installer CD (included in the package). Read morePublished 5 months ago by Edward C.
The USB to Parallel Port Adapter Cable works great. I'm using it to connect Windows XP Service Pack 3 running in Virtualbox (Linux Mint is the host OS) to an HP parallel port... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Yaye
I have an old HP Laserjet 4L printer that still works great. I needed to hook it up to an old Mac Mini running OS 10.4. First cable I ordered from Amazon did not work. Read morePublished 5 months ago by bluecrab434
It worked as billed and allowed me to hook up my old LaserWriter with my Mac Pro running Yosemite, but the printer was too slow to be of much use. Read morePublished 13 months ago by BobInWi
This cable breathed new life into my ancient HP Laserjet 5MP printer, allowing me to plug it directly into my Apple Airport Base Station, instead of running a separate wireless... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Adam
Love this item. It worked with my portable printer. I was able to travel with it.Published 14 months ago by Jennifer Gregg
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