6ft USB to C36 Parallel Printer Adapter Cable

#16898
4.249 Reviews
Product Features
Connect your Parallel, IEEE-1284, printer to a USB port on your PC or hub
• 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
(1) USB-A Male
(1) Centronics 36 Male
Product Description
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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Product Specifications
Color : Beige
Length : 6.00 Foot
UPC : 757120168980
Warranty : 1 Year
Vendor : C2G
Weight : 0.222 LB
• Compliant with USB 1.0 specifications
System Requirements
• Requires Microsoft® Windows® 98, ME, 2000, XP, Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1 or Windows 10

• Please make sure this item is used only with printers. It cannot be guaranteed that any other devices other than printers, such as multi-function printer/scanner/faxes, tapes drives, zip drives, or other non-standard parallel devices will work with this unit.
Package Contents
• One adapter cable
• User manual
Product Support
Downloads
• Download the manual
• Download the Windows 98 Driver
Customer Reviews

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Rated 3 out of 5 by SCOGRE from Does not work on some printers. When I bought a new computer, it didn't have a parallel port for my HP 6L laser printer. This cable appeared to be the best option to keep running my old laser printer. But I find that this is one model that these cables evidently are ineffective on. Do a web search first to see if this cable will work on your printer. I searched after finding it wouldn't work, and it became obvious that there is something about this model of printer, and evidently a few others, that is incompatible with these types of cables. Nothing against this cable, I just should have done my homework first.
Date published: 2009-05-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by TechyTeag from Works EXACTLY as described I saw some comments saying that it was incompatible with their HP LaserJet printers. I wanted folks to know that it absolutely, positively works with LaserJet 4000 & 4050 printers. Bought 2 cables. My only con is that it is 6' so I had to rearrange one of the work areas. If you read and follow the directions to the tee, it will work exactly as described. Pinky swear. The first installation I did, I skipped a step and it didn't work. Note: use Windows Update to grab the printer where applicable if it isn't on the list
Date published: 2014-01-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by FL Jim from i would buy this product again does exactly what it was supposed to do
Date published: 2015-10-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by Jane Austin from I would heartily recomend this product. Good performance! It is being used to connect an older printer to my new computer via a USB port.
Date published: 2017-05-26
Rated 2 out of 5 by BVR from Not Windows 8 Compatible A quality product, not sure about its future as parallel ports are rapidly disappearing from all products & being replaced by USB ports. I bought this to connect an old workhorse printer; unfortunately, the manufacturer no longer provides updated drivers that work with new PC running Windows 8. Thought this cable would provide the solution, but it didn't.
Date published: 2014-04-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by Don R. from New Wrinkle to Using an Old Printer I installed this for an elderly lady who had an older Epson parallel printer that she wanted to use with a new Windows 8.1 computer system. It worked just great!
Date published: 2014-06-26
Rated 1 out of 5 by Pedro from 1 every 10 cables works Ok, System does Our company have bought 50 of this cables and no more than 20 units were able to work. Are detected by the OP. Sys as a USB plugging in but not the Printer (HP LaserJet 5)
Date published: 2010-11-12
Rated 2 out of 5 by John from Does not work on Windows 7 A good product for Windows XP but not Windows 7. It shows up as an "unspecified device" and will not print to a Laserjet 4M.
Date published: 2010-11-26
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Questions & Answers

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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 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
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
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
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 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
I have a HP Helett Packard OfficeJet R40xi printer scanner. Will this work with a MccBook Pro OSX Ver.10.6.8 ?
Asked by: Jimbo
If your printer takes a C36 parallel connector, it should work for you.
Answered by: Paul
Date published: 2018-07-30
Looking for a cable from Lexmark Optra S1855 to USB Windows 7 Pro 64-bit PC...will this work?
Asked by: Father Bob
This cable will provide a parallel connection from a printer to a USB PC. Yes your printer seems to be a C36pin.
Answered by: Tom
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
i have a Hp color laserjet 4600n this cable works in this printer to connected to a Mac OZ 10.5 ?
Asked by: robert
No, this cable is not compatible with Mac.
Answered by: Thomas
Date published: 2020-08-07
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 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
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
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
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’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
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
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
I have an older HP Laserjet 4000N parallel printer connected using a USB to parallel converter cable on Windows 7 Enterprise and it worked fine. Now that we have upgraded to Windows 10 Enterprise, I am receiving the message that the current USB cable i...
I have an older HP Laserjet 4000N parallel printer connected using a USB to parallel converter cable on Windows 7 Enterprise and it worked fine. Now that we have upgraded to Windows 10 Enterprise, I am receiving the message that the current USB cable is USB 2.0 and is not compatible with the Windows 10 USB 3.0 ports, and to plug it into a USB2.0 port. As far as I can tell, all of the USB ports are now USB 3.0 Is this product compatible with the Windows 10 USB 3.0 ports?
Asked by: Thanks
This product is compatible with WINDOWS 10 and can work with 3.0 USB ports as they are backward compatible.
Answered by: Tom
Date published: 2018-05-10
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
Will this cable work with Windows 10 Pro and an Epson LQ-850 dot-matrix printer? Can I return it for a full refund if it does not?
Asked by: Neal
Our cable is compatible with Windows 10. Yes as long as the printer can be supported by a USB to Parallel cable. Please see our Return Policy on our Website.
Answered by: Tom
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
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