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  1. Jim Thompson

    Jim Thompson Guest

    I there any simple way to adapt a parallel port printer to a network?

    I'd like to move a printer to a closet and get it out of the way.

    ...Jim Thompson
     
  2. Bakul Shah

    Bakul Shah Guest

  3. Tim Shoppa

    Tim Shoppa Guest

    Go to any computer store and ask for a "HP JetDirect Print Server".
    Won't be really cheap, these tend to be sold to corporate customers
    with really heavy duty printers they want to share over their
    corporate network, not folks with old printers sitting in the closet.
    I think the HP 170x series starts around $150.

    HP printers that aren't hopelessly old or low-end can take a JetDirect
    card that plugs in a slot in the back.

    Tim.
     
  4. Buy a new one that is already networked! Cheaper and Simpler!!

    I am happy with my Canon PIXMA IP4000R.
     
  5. Joerg

    Joerg Guest

    Don't you have the SMC Barricade router like I do? It should have a LPT
    port built in. Might be useful if you can live with a somewhat generic
    driver and your printer isn't too exotic.

    I'll have to do the same thing for a little HP-5L here because the new
    puter don't have no LPT port no more :-(

    The big one is a Brother 7820N which dwelleth on a LAN port, Very practical.
     
  6. Guest


    Put the printer, plus a networked computer (with a parallel port!
    that's very important!), monitor, keyboard, and mouse in the closet.
    Make sure nothing is obstructing the computer's ventilation holes.
    Enable file and print sharing on the computer. When you want to print
    a document from your laptop, walk over to the closet and power up the
    computer and printer.

    Or just buy a print server, as Mr. Shah brilliantly suggested.

    (grin)

    Michael
     
  7. Jim Thompson

    Jim Thompson Guest

    Just ordered an hp LaserJet P2015DN, but I have also an old hp1120C
    and a Stika stencil cutter that I'd like to get off of my desk.

    ...Jim Thompson
     
  8. Joel Kolstad

    Joel Kolstad Guest

    As other have mentioned, what you want is a print server. Here's the list of
    what Newegg has, sorted by "best ratings:"
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=2010130387&bop=And&Order=RATING .
    Ignore the USB-only ones (which these days are more popular than parallel port
    versions!), of course, and decide whether you want it to be wireless or not
    for the network connectivity.

    I've only had a few over time, having instead switched to printers with the
    network interface built-in over the past few years. :) I do know that the
    D-Link DP-301P+ and Netgear PS101 are popular models -- they're likely to be
    available at, e.g., Best Buy of Fry's. My mother has one of the Buffalo
    LPV3-U2 which has worked well for her, but that's a USB-only model.

    ---Joel
     
  9. Jim Thompson

    Jim Thompson Guest

    Yep. But it's croaking... reboot required more than once per day.

    Just ordered a new LinkSys BEFSR81.
    ...Jim Thompson
     
  10. Joel Kolstad

    Joel Kolstad Guest

    If you're looking to replace the 1120C (nice printer, certainly), an OfficeJet
    K850DN (D=duplexing, N=networked) is what I have and I've been pretty happy
    with it. The only surprise was that it's actually slower than many
    letter-sized printers -- I guess there isn't as much competition for speed in
    thiese larger-format printers.
     
  11. Joerg

    Joerg Guest

    Maybe reflash the EEPROM in there? Might be worth to download the latest
    firmware and give it a shot. I've heard people with older models had
    problems requiring frequent rebooting and this fixed it at least for
    some of them.

    http://www.smc.com/index.cfm?event=downloads.searchCriteria&localeCode=EN_USA

    I had a LinkSys before that. Didn't work well, support could not figure
    out why, returned it within the week.
     
  12. Guest



    My wife caught me talking to myself (sometimes I'm the only one who
    will listen!) while I was in the shower. I said, "two cents". So she
    asked me what that was all about. I told her I was doing an economic
    analysis; $50 for a print server, versus a maximum of two cents' worth
    of electricity, each time I fire up the server in my office, if I
    print a document from my laptop.

    $50... two cents... $50... two cents...

    Michael
     
  13. Jim Thompson

    Jim Thompson Guest

    Nice! How well does the duplexing work?

    The 1120C is my wife's and has seen HEAVY duty printing Girl Scout
    stuff ;-) So it's feed mechanism is wearing out.

    ...Jim Thompson
     
  14. Oppie

    Oppie Guest

    I would use one of your network computers, one that is not used all that
    heavily as the print server.

    Install the printer normally and then share it with your local network. If
    you don't have a working parallel port on the computer, USB to parallel
    (bi-directional) converters can be had fairly inexpensively.

    All users should be able to use the printer (or not as you set permissions).
     
  15. Joel Kolstad

    Joel Kolstad Guest

    Quite well; I haven't had any problem with it. The only thing to be aware of
    is that, since it's an ink jet, after it prints side 1 it just sits there
    waiting for the ink to dry before it pulls it back in and prints the second
    side. That makes it slower to print, e.g., 10 duplex sheet than to perform
    manual duplexing (print all the odd pages, flip the stack over, print all the
    even pages), but it's still worth it to me (I guess I'm usually not in that
    big of a hurry...).

    For 13"x19", I've found that it is sensitive to paper alignment: It is
    possible to load the paper crooked enough that it'll just sit there and ram
    the paper into the side of the carriage, eventually ripping it. I've learned
    to be careful about this (besides loading the paper and straight as possible,
    the trick seems to be allowing a little bit of play in the paper guide -- not
    having it jammed all the way up right next to the paper's edge) and haven't
    torn a sheet in quite some time. It reminds me of the older D-sized HP roll
    paper plotters that had the exact same problem -- if you didn't get the paper
    very, very close to perfectly square, the paper would slowly drift towards the
    edge and eventually rip.

    ---Joel
     
  16. qrk

    qrk Guest

    You can get little print server boxes for <$70. DLink, and others,
    make them. If your printer is an HP and it can scan, then you need a
    HP Jetdirect print server for $300, or whatever they cost these days,
    to support the bidirectional communications.

    Mark
     
  17. Joerg

    Joerg Guest

    Ink jet can get rather expensive for high-volume users like Jim's wife.
     
  18. Jim Thompson

    Jim Thompson Guest

    Sounds familiar. I made an external guide for the straight thru feed
    on the 1120C to ensure squareness... particularly an issue with card
    stock.

    ...Jim Thompson
     
  19. Google "parallel print server" ... quite a selection of products are
    available. Even WiFi parallel printer servers.

    Regards
    Anton Erasmus
     
  20. Nobody

    Nobody Guest

    And make sure it's behind a firewall; JetDirect has the most bug-ridden
    TCP/IP stack known to man.
     
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