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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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|Item Dimensions||0.03 x 0.03 x 0.03 in||8.4 x 24 x 244.8 in||6.31 x 9.25 x 2.25 in||5.83 x 5.98 x 1.5 in|
|Item Weight||3.52 ounces||0.7 lb||5.6 ounces||—|
|Size||6 feet||4 Pack||—||—|
IOGEARs USB to IEEE-1284 Bi-directional Printer Cable allows you to send print job from an USB-only computer to parallel printers. This cable is fully compliant with USB 1.1 and IEEE 1284 1994 specifications. It features bi-directional data transfer at the parallel port to assure high-speed printing and a maximum data transfer rate of 12 Mbps. It is easy to install, hot swappable, and does not require any external power adapters.
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Installed on Win 10. Used generic Epson dot matrix driver and it worked fine on a IBM 5152. Prints bi-directional. If you have other devices on your USB ports, you will need to change the USB number for the printer. I have two other printers installed so I had to set it to 003.
Ok, I've had it for a week. The cable works just as it should, but make sure you have drivers for your printer for the operating system. There aren't many parallel port printers that have drivers for Windows 10.
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.
The first thing I did was to plug the cable into my Windows 7 64-bit PC. An "Unspecified" device named 'ATEN UC-1284B' appeared under Devices and Printers. This proved to me that the cable is alright. The next thing I did was to "Add a printer" by assigning the printer to a port named USB001 which is a Virtual Port for USB. Now I had to select the driver for my printer, but the problem was that HP LaserJet 1200se was not on the list that Windows 7 offered me to select. This is very strange since HP SUPPORT Center's "HP LaserJet - Products not supported in Windows 7" does not include HP LaserJet 1200se in the list; this implies that HP LaserJet 1200se should be supported by Windows 7. Out of frustration, I selected HP LaserJet 2200 Series PCL 5 from the list offered by Windows 7; and the installation was successful. Now under Devices and Printers, my printer is now named HP LaserJet 2200 Series PCL 5, not HP LaserJet 1200se.
Even though it prints alright so far, but I do worry about the compatibility of HP LasserJet 2200 Series PCL 5 versus HP LaserJet 1200se. If I can get hold of a Disk with the HP LaserJet 1200se driver in it in the future, then I can get rid of my worry. The conclusion is that the cable works beautifully, the problem is with Windows 7 not offering a driver for HP LaserJet 1200se.
Note: About 30 minutes after I sent out this review, Microsoft finally completed its Windows 7 Update (It took hours) and added HP LaserJet 1200 Series PCL 5 driver to the list for me to select. And now under Devices and Printers, my printer is now named HP LaserJet 1200 Series PCL 5 (Copy 1). My worry about compatibility is now gone! Everything works perfectly now!
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.