How to Convert Parallel Dongle to USB

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If you have an old printer or scanner that has a parallel dongle and can't connect it to a newer computer, don't throw it out yet. There is a solution to keeping them in use. Since most newer computers only support high data transfer ports known as USB 2.0, use a converter to connect them to an old peripheral device with a parallel adaptor. This simple tool acts as the link between the two different formats.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • USB-to-parallel-adaptor cable

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  1. 1

    Plug the USB end of your "USB to Parallel" cable to an empty USB port on your computer.

  2. 2

    Plug the parallel end of the "USB to Parallel" cable to the parallel dongle port on your printer or other parallel device.

  3. 3

    Turn on your printer or device. A display message will say "Windows has detected new hardware."

  4. 4

    Place the installation disc that comes with your device into the CD-ROM drive of your computer, then follow the set-up and installation directions to install your device's drivers.

  5. 5

    Test your device to see if there is a communication. If you connected a printer, try printing a test page. If you connected a scanner, try scanning a document. If your tests were successful, your parallel dongle port has been converted to a USB connection.

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