Guide to Printer Cables

Printer Cable : What is it?

Printer Cables

Printer cables connect printers to computers, digital cameras, and scanners. They consist of insulated wires with either similar connectors on both ends, or a USB plug on one end and another peripheral connector on the other. Common connectors include parallel, serial and USB.

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Types of Printer Cables

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Kinds of Printer Cables include the following:

Parallel printer cables

Parallel printer cables consist of two parallel connectors. They connect parallel-enabled printers to computers. They can have half-pitch parallel connectors.

USB printer cables

USB printer cables consist of two USB connectors. They have a data transfer rate of up to 480 mbps. They are ideal for high-volume printing.

Serial printer cables

Serial printer cables have 9-pin or 25-pin serial cables on one or both ends. They provide more reliable transfers than USB cables, but they have lower compatibility.

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Choosing Printer Cables (Buying tips)

Cable length: Choose a printer cable long enough to span the distance between your computer and printer. Most printer cables have a minimum length of six feet and a maximum length of 30 feet.

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