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.
Types of Printer Cables
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.
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.