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6ft (1.8m) USB to C36 Parallel Printer Adapter Cable

#16898 C2G
USB to C36 Parallel Printer Adapter Cable is rated 4.2 out of 5 by 49.
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$15.99 $24.99 MSRP USD

Don't waste the parallel port on your inkjet, laser, or high speed printer. This cable uses the USB port on your PC or hub, so your parallel port remains free for a zip drive or scanner. Forget the hassles of IRQ sharing by adapting your printer to USB. If you have multiple printers, you can eliminate the need for a switchbox by connecting each printer to a USB port.

The device is fully transparent to the user, and is ideal for true bi-directional communication. This adapter auto-negotiates hardware recognition for faster protocol setup, and is fully plug-and-play compatible. This adapter cable is a perfect accessory for Microsoft® Surface® products and other leading laptops.

Note: This adapter is designed for use with a standard Parallel printer and is not designed to support multi-function printers or other parallel devices. This adapter uses the USB Printing Support function of the operating system and is not designed to create a LPT port.

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Connector 1:
(1) USB-A Male
Connector 2:
(1) Centronics 36 Male
Color Beige

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Features

  • • Keeps the parallel port on a PC free by using USB instead
  • • Connect multiple printers using USB instead of parallel
  • • Eliminates the need for a switchbox by using USB ports
  • • Compatible with the Microsoft® Surface® Book 2, Surface Pro 6, Surface Laptop 2, and other leading laptops
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Specifications

General Info
Product Line C2G
Color Beige
UPC Number 757120168980
Country Of Origin China
Application Sector Residential, Commercial
Warranty Type 1-Year
Type Adapter, Cable
Dimensions
Cable Length 6 ft
Technical Information
Jacket Material PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride)
Cable Type Parallel, Adapter, USB

Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love this cable I love this cable. I was worried that there would be some type of conversion problem. I have a high output HP 4100 printer for high volume output of Tax Return Documents for many returns per year and was departing the computer world of parallel connections and didn't want to surrender this printer. I just love it!!!!
Date published: 2010-04-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 6ft usb IEEE-1284 parallel printer adapt I could not get my old printer to work with my new windows 7 computer.So i went on line and found cables to go. When i received my cable adapter it came with instructions. within 5 minutes i was using my old hp 880c.I was also pleased how it was shipped & how swift i received it.
Date published: 2012-06-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from parallel printer adapter saves printer! I had a old work horse 4000 series hp printer and a new computer without a parallel port. This cable let's me use my old printer (it even has a duplex printing adapter) and it works perfect!!!
Date published: 2011-03-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works better than expected I had an old HP LasarJet L6 than only had a C36 interface. This cable quickly connected the printer to USB port and Windows XP immediately recognize the printer and it works prefectly.
Date published: 2009-10-19
Rated 1 out of 5 by from does not work with HP5 printer Adapter works fine until the printer goes on standby. Once it does, the drivers are unloaded and the printer must be restarted followed by a restart of the PC. A real pain
Date published: 2011-07-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works great Plug & play. no setup required. no driver download reqiured. I just plugged the HP 4050 Laserjet to my new Windows7 PC and it worked right away. excellent product.
Date published: 2011-04-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from No need to buy new printer! This product allowed me to use my old HP LaseerJet 4P with my new computer so I didn't have to buy a new printer. My department saved hundreds of dollars.
Date published: 2010-11-12
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Didn't Work Cable wouldn't work. No Driver CD with cable like it was stated on the package. No Driver just manual available at website. Waste of money.
Date published: 2010-10-13
Rated 1 out of 5 by from No Luck! The cable would not install on either of 2 computers as Customer Support said it should (Win XP). It did not see my Canon BJC-80 printer.
Date published: 2010-03-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Buy I use the product with my HP Laserjet 4000 series and works excellent.
Date published: 2012-02-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from True plug and play Read and follow easy instructions that are included with adapter. I connected the adapter to my PC running XP pro and a HP 4 plus laser printer. The PC found the printer - I first had to change the USB to a printer port - this step is in instructions. I printed a test page - it is just that easy to connect and use a printer that requires a parallel port on a PC that has only USB connectionsp
Date published: 2011-02-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from works well, but... The product works perfectly. I expected it to be the LPT port, and it ended up (obviously) being the USB port that I needed to point the printer to. The biggest problem with this product is that if your using it, you are probably using it with an old printer that windows 7 or newer may not have drivers for. look first. I had to hack a driver to get it to work.
Date published: 2011-09-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Worked like a charm.. I wanted to use my laptop without a parallel port for my trusty old DEC Laser5100 printer. Installed printer driver to LPT1, then installed USB to Parallel cable adapter, and Windows XP recognized and installed the driver. Plugged cable to printer's parallel port, changed the printer port to USB001 and away we went. Perfect...
Date published: 2009-08-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Product perfectly solved a problem ! Solved a problem connecting an old HP LaserJet parallel printer to a new Macintosh running OS-X 10.7.4. Needed a parallel to USB cable and this one did the trick. Read several comments on Mac bulletin boards about how difficult this was, but with this cable, it turned out to be easy.
Date published: 2012-07-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Worked Perfectly I connected the cable to a 20 year-old HP LaserJet 4MP printer and to my new computer and, after following the written directions that came with the cable (a very important step, I discovered), found that the printer worked as well as it ever has. I'm delighted with the purchase.
Date published: 2012-06-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Only one that worked with all printers. If you sign on to the computer as administrator and allow Windows Update to go out and find the driver for the cable and the printer, it works flawlessly. I tried two other brand names before this one and they did not work with certain printers.
Date published: 2011-09-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Quick connection for new computers. Purchased to allow continued use of our high volume duplicator. I used an in-line repeater and Cat5 cable to move the duplicator across the room. The adapter allowed easy connection between the repeater receiver and the printer.
Date published: 2009-05-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from New Computer, Old Printer The best thing is that it works. I have a new laptop with W7 64bit and my old printer (laserjet 2100) only has a parallel connection. Despite the fact that it was an adventure to get the driver right the cable works great.
Date published: 2011-06-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works great! I found that it didn't work with a few HP printers but by and large, it works with just about everything else. I've recommended this product to everybody, as new computers rarely come with a parallel port these days.
Date published: 2009-08-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Old Parrallel Printer Attachment I have a very High End printer for home use (Lexmark 4039 16L Plus) I've had since 1995 which has been great. Well, the new computers no longer have parallel ports. This was a life saver for me. Thanks, Shannon
Date published: 2009-11-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Worked perfectly first time This is what you need to hook up an older printer with a centronics port to new computers with only USB ports. Plug the cable in, tell it to use virtual USB001 port, tell it what printer you have and you're done!
Date published: 2010-12-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Delivered as promised! We were setting up a new printer and needed a cable right away. We found the perfect one here and received it as quickly as possible. It's working great and our printer is up and running. Wonderful!
Date published: 2011-01-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 32-pin to USB Parallel Printer cable Product was available. It shipped almost immediately. And I received it before I expected it to arrive. It was in perfect condition. I attached it to the printer and voila printing problem solved!
Date published: 2020-08-21
Rated 1 out of 5 by from worked for a while then quit!! It worked fine then quit. Spent hours trouble shooting and found out faulty cable. When or how does a cable go bad??? Permanant hook up so no movement at all ever! Go figure
Date published: 2010-10-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Works This cable was really nice and seemed to do what I wanted it to do… However it felt like I was paying off a lot of money for something I could’ve picked up elsewhere.
Date published: 2019-08-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent worked perfectly Finding the correct drivers for the LaserJet 1300 printer for this cable was a little tricky, but the HP Universal Print drivers worked perfectly.
Date published: 2012-02-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It works!! I now have my old HP laser printer 4100 working in Windows 7. Cheaper then buying a new printer and still using a old work-horse friend.
Date published: 2010-02-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Saved Our Printers WE are very happy with your gables and saved us from buying 3 new printers which we could not afford at this time.
Date published: 2009-12-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for getting old printer to work I got a new laptop which did not have a parallel port. This cable worked perfectly to get my HP LaserJet 4000 up and running!!
Date published: 2018-01-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Printer Cable These cables work very good to allow you to hook a printer with a parallel port to a USB connection on a new computer.
Date published: 2010-07-16
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Questions & Answers

Since this device is seen by the OS as a USB printer, is it expected to work with Win 10?

Asked by: DAC
Yes, it is compatible with Windows 10.
Answered by: Steve
Date published: 2017-10-05

Will this cable work with a Dell OptiPlex GX620 running Win XP Pro and an HP Color LaserJet 4550?

Asked by: Anonymous
Yes this cable should work for this operating system and printer.
Answered by: Tom
Date published: 2017-10-05

Will this work with my exisiting item hawlett packard deskjet 500 printer?

Asked by: Anonymous
This cable with support Parallel printers only, however it is hard to say that every model of printer will correctly communicate with the cable.
Answered by: Tom
Date published: 2017-10-05

Will this work with an HP Laserjet 1100 printer to connect to a Dell Studio PC with USB inputs running Windows 7?

Asked by: Anonymous
unfortunately this is a model printer this cable will not work well with.
Answered by: Tom
Date published: 2017-10-05

Will this work with a hp laserjet 4100 mfp printer connecting to an HP Win 7 professional 64 bit computer

Asked by: Michael
Yes this can work with the 4100MFP as long as your use the Parallel Port of the printer.
Answered by: Tom
Date published: 2017-10-05

I have recently purchased a new computer which doesn't have a parallel port, so this appears to be what I need, but 6 feet may not be sufficient length. My question is whether I can connect this with the cable I have now to add length in order to reach...

I have recently purchased a new computer which doesn't have a parallel port, so this appears to be what I need, but 6 feet may not be sufficient length. My question is whether I can connect this with the cable I have now to add length in order to reach my plotter?
Asked by: Brent
Yes this cable can be extended with a proper USB extender or a proper Parallel cable.
Answered by: tom
Date published: 2017-10-05

Will this cable work with a Surface pro 2 (windows 8.1) and a HP laserjet 4 Plus or an HP LaserJet 4000 series?

Asked by: JD
This is compatible with the Surface Pro. The cable should work with the printer however there have been some HP printers that unfortunately will not function properly.
Answered by: tom
Date published: 2017-10-05

I am using this with an HL-1230 (using HL-1430 driver) on a notebook win7 64bit. This worked fine on a desktop running same system. With the notebook it will print files in buffer if I restart the computer, but after that it will not print any jobs.. i...

I am using this with an HL-1230 (using HL-1430 driver) on a notebook win7 64bit. This worked fine on a desktop running same system. With the notebook it will print files in buffer if I restart the computer, but after that it will not print any jobs.. if I restart the computer - it will print what I had in the buffer. Suggestions??
Asked by: Anonymous
Make sure all the settings are the same from the desktop to the laptop. If this is so please contact our Technical Support for further assistance.
Answered by: Tom
Date published: 2017-10-05

I have a old software program which directs output to the LPT Port as a specific port. I have to have 2 printers attatched and this would not be the Default printer. Can i use this cable and is there software provided that would allow directed to LPT 1...

I have a old software program which directs output to the LPT Port as a specific port. I have to have 2 printers attatched and this would not be the Default printer. Can i use this cable and is there software provided that would allow directed to LPT 1 printing.
Asked by: MJT
No. It will not be recognized as an LPT port. Our adapter will be recognized as USB printing support. So you would be printing to a virtual USB port. We unfortunately do not have a USB to parallel adapter that will be recognized as an LPT port.
Answered by: Steve
Date published: 2017-10-05

I’ve printed from two Windows 7 notebooks to two older LaserJets (a ‘4P and a ‘6P) via a (non-CablesToGo) USB to parallel printer cable for over a year – until recently, when the '4P quit responding to any/all attempts to print from either Windows 7 no...

I’ve printed from two Windows 7 notebooks to two older LaserJets (a ‘4P and a ‘6P) via a (non-CablesToGo) USB to parallel printer cable for over a year – until recently, when the '4P quit responding to any/all attempts to print from either Windows 7 notebook (even after COMPLETELY uninstalling and re-installing the printer/driver). I have a new (unused and still in the box) CablesToGo USB to parallel printer cable (“PortAuthority2” per the box; bar code 7 57120 16898 0) I bought six years ago that APPEARS to be the same as your current #16898 (the installation CD label lists “USB to Parallel Adapter #16898” along with some other adapter cables). Per your Website, the #16898 is Windows 7 compatible, so I hope this cable will resolve this new printing problem, but want to verify that the specs and/or compatibility for a six-year-old “PortAuthority2” cable do/do not match those of a new #16898 sufficiently to resolve the issue. Please advise, and thanks for your assistance.
Asked by: Anonymous
It might not match exactly but it should be compatible with Windows 7.
Answered by: Steve
Date published: 2017-10-05

Will this work with an Epson TM-T90P Register thermal printer with windows 8. Thanks

Asked by: Gary
If that printer uses a generic built in Windows 8 driver, it should work with our adapter. We have not tested that exact printer with the adapter so we cannot say for certain that it is compatible.
Answered by: Steve
Date published: 2017-10-05

Will this cable work with a HP ENVY m6 Notebook PC w/ windows 8 to a HP LaserJet 1100 printer.

Asked by: Anonymous
The parallel printer cable should work with your PC and printer.
Answered by: Michael
Date published: 2017-10-05

Is the device recognized as a LPT port?

Asked by: Anonymous
This device is not recognized as an LPT port. It will be recognized as USB printing support.
Answered by: Steve
Date published: 2017-10-05

Will this fit a HP LaserJet 4000 printer?

Asked by: Anonymous
Yes, this cable will fit a HP LaserJet 4000 Printer.
Answered by: Michael
Date published: 2017-10-05

I have a Brother HL-2040 printer which uses a parallel port currently connected to a Micron PC running Windows XP Pro OS, and wish to connect to a HP d5200t desktop PC running Windows 7 Ultimate OS. Will your IEEE-1284 parallel printer adapter cable (i...

I have a Brother HL-2040 printer which uses a parallel port currently connected to a Micron PC running Windows XP Pro OS, and wish to connect to a HP d5200t desktop PC running Windows 7 Ultimate OS. Will your IEEE-1284 parallel printer adapter cable (item 16898) allow me to connect the printer's parallel port output to a USB connector, pls? If not, would the DB25 IEEE-1284 printer adapter cable (item 16899) be suitable? TIA.
Asked by: JayW
It appears that printer has both parallel and USB ports. I would recommend using a USB A/B cable like our part #28102.
Answered by: Steve
Date published: 2017-10-05

Will this type of adapter work with other parallel port devices such as Zip drives, etc.

Asked by: Ken
No. It will only work with standard printers.
Answered by: Steve
Date published: 2017-10-05

Under 'product support' tab, there is an option for 'Firmware Update'. However, when I click on this tab, it turns out to be a broken link. Question: Are there any Firmware Updates for this product (Model #168989)? If so, can the link to the update be ...

Under 'product support' tab, there is an option for 'Firmware Update'. However, when I click on this tab, it turns out to be a broken link. Question: Are there any Firmware Updates for this product (Model #168989)? If so, can the link to the update be provided again?
Asked by: D
There are no firmware updates for the 16898 product.
Answered by: Steve
Date published: 2017-10-05

Will this adapter work on an older HP laserjet 8000DN? I would love to change the C2946A cable over to USB but do need the high density connection.

Asked by: Richard
This cable would not work. It is the full size Centronics connector.
Answered by: Steve
Date published: 2017-10-05

Will this cable (USB-IEEE1294) work with my Gateway MX6422 laptop and an HP OfficeJet 600 all-in-one printer/fax/scanner/copier? The laptop is running Windows XP and has 4 USB ports but no parallel port. My only functional requirement is printing; I ca...

Will this cable (USB-IEEE1294) work with my Gateway MX6422 laptop and an HP OfficeJet 600 all-in-one printer/fax/scanner/copier? The laptop is running Windows XP and has 4 USB ports but no parallel port. My only functional requirement is printing; I can live without the fax/scanner/copier functions, but of course they would be nice to have.
Asked by: MadDog
I would not recommend using that All in one device with the USB to parallel adapter. That adapter only works with standard printers not multifunction devices. The only product we would have is a parallel PCI card #16645.
Answered by: Steve
Date published: 2017-10-05

Will this adapter work with an HP 1100 Laser Jet

Asked by: Cleo
The LaserJet 1100 has the non standard micro centronics connector. It is not compatible with our USB to parallel adapter.
Answered by: Steve
Date published: 2017-10-05

I have Windows7 Pro and a HP 722C printer. In my search for a parallel-to-USB cable, I notice some come with driver(s) on a disc while others do not. Is there an advantage with the disc vs the Windows7 drivers?

Asked by: Pj
It really depends. I know the HP722C requires a patch for Windows 7 64 bit OS. This would be regardless of the adapters with CD drivers or not. Our adapter would not require a driver because it uses a built in Windows driver. Here is a link to the patch for HP Deskjet 722C: http://h30434.www3.hp.com/t5/Printer-All-in-One-Software/Deskjet-710-720-810-820-1000-Series-printers-Patch-for-64-bit/m-p/203377#U203377
Answered by: Steve
Date published: 2017-10-05

Will this cable work with Hp 755cm designjet plotter on windows 7 operating system?

Asked by: Tuck
Our adapter cable is designed to work with standard printers. It works best with generic built in Windows printer drivers. Plotters normally require specific drivers from the manufacturer which can have been known to have problems when using our USB to parallel adapter.
Answered by: Steve
Date published: 2017-10-05

Will it work with a Windows 7 operating system that only has USB outputs on the mother board. If so, when selecting an HP LaserJet printer that requires a parallel port output from a D-25 connector, what port do you select... from the options... a USB ...

Will it work with a Windows 7 operating system that only has USB outputs on the mother board. If so, when selecting an HP LaserJet printer that requires a parallel port output from a D-25 connector, what port do you select... from the options... a USB port or a parallel printer port that is not on the machine? If you select a USB port, will the printer driver work since it expects a parallel printer (LPT1) port selection.
Asked by: KIRK
Yes, it does work with a Windows 7 computer that only has USB ports. The port you would select to print to would be a USB virtual port like USB001 or USB002, etc. If the printer driver for you model of printer is built into the Windows 7 OS, that driver would still work with the USB port.
Answered by: Steve
Date published: 2017-10-05
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