How to Connect a Parallel Port to a USB

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How to Connect a Parallel Port to a USB
USB ports on a computer use a four-pin Standard-A plug, while parallel ports use a 25-pin connector. (Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

A parallel port is a computer interface used to connect printers and other devices to the input/output (I/O) panel on the back of a motherboard. Some computers and motherboards no longer include a parallel port, as universal serial bus (USB) has replaced the parallel port.

Even if your computer doesn't have a parallel port, however, you can still connect a parallel printer to the system. A USB-to-parallel-port adaptor allows you to hook up a parallel-port printer to a USB port on your computer.

Skill level:
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Things you need

  • USB-to-parallel-port adaptor

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Connect one end of the printer cable to the parallel port on the rear of the printer.

  2. 2

    Connect the other end of the printer cable to the parallel port on the adaptor.

  3. 3

    Connect the USB connector on the end of the adaptor to the USB port on your computer.

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