6 ft USB to Parallel Printer Adapter - M/M

Add a Centronics parallel port to your desktop or laptop PC through USB

Product ID: ICUSB1284

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  • High speed bi-directional parallel port compliant to IEEE-1284 industry standard
  • Low power consumption as it draws power from the USB connection
  • Fully Plug & Play for easy installation
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$32.99 AUD incl. GST

The ICUSB1284 6 ft USB to Parallel Printer Adapter - M/M allows USB capable PCs to print to any standard parallel printer, converting a USB port into a Centronics (male) connector for direct connection to a parallel printer.

The USB interface provides a much faster data transfer rate than standard parallel ports, thereby reducing the time spent waiting for a print job or data transfer to be sent.

A portable, space-saving solution, the USB to Parallel Printer Adapter is self-powered and provides Plug and Play installation on Windows® based, USB-compliant computers.

Backed by a StarTech.com 2-year warranty and free lifetime technical support.

Applications

  • Allows you to quickly add a parallel port to your Windows® computer

The StarTech.com Advantage

  • Compact size and low weight make it an ideal accessory for portable computers
  • USB Plug-and-Play interface allows you to quickly add another parallel port to your Windows® computer

Partner Numbers

  • Ingram Micro Australia 2902499
  • UPC 065030781015

Compatibility

  • Windows 8 logo
  • Linux logo
  • Windows 7 logo
  • Windows Server 2012 logo
  • Windows 10 logo
  • macOS Sierra (10.12) logo
  • macOS Mojave (10.14) logo
  • Windows Server 2016 logo
  • Windows Server 2019 logo
  • macOS High Sierra (10.13) logo
  • macOS Catalina (10.15) logo
  • macOS Big Sur (11.0) logo
Windows® 98SE, ME, 2000, XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 10
Windows Server® 2000, 2003, 2008 R2, 2012, 2012 R2, 2016, 2019
macOS 10.6 to 10.15, 11.0
Linux 2.6.x to 4.11.x LTS Versions only

Specifications

Warranty Information Warranty 2 Years
Connector(s) 1 - Connector A USB Type-A (4 pin) USB 2.0
1 - Connector B Centronics (36 pin)
Environmental Operating Temperature 5°C to 40°C (41°F to 140°F)
Storage Temperature -20°C to 70°C (-4°F to 158°F)
Humidity 0~80% RH non-condensing
Hardware Ports 1
Interface Parallel
Bus Type USB 2.0
Chipset ID Prolific - PL2305
Packaging Information Package Height 1.0 in [26.0 mm]
Package Length 8.7 in [22.0 cm]
Shipping (Package) Weight 4.8 oz [137.0 g]
Package Width 7.9 in [20.0 cm]
Physical Characteristics Product Height 0.7 in [17 mm]
Weight of Product 4.2 oz [118.0 g]
Product Width 2.0 in [50 mm]
Color Black
Material Plastic
Cable Length 6.0 ft [1.8 m]
Product Length 6.0 ft [1.8 m]
Power Power Source USB-Powered
Power Consumption (In Watts) 0.9W
Software OS Compatibility Windows® 98SE, ME, 2000, XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 10
Windows Server® 2000, 2003, 2008 R2, 2012, 2012 R2, 2016, 2019
macOS 10.6 to 10.15, 11.0
Linux 2.6.x to 4.11.x LTS Versions only
What's in the Box 1 - Included in Package USB to Parallel Converter Cable

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Frequently Asked Questions

Troubleshooting

If the USB device does not work after your computer has been in extended hibernation, it is likely that Windows has automatically turned off the USB Root hub to save power. 

The steps below outline how to configure the USB root hub to stay on during hibernation, to prevent this from happening.
 

Windows 10 / 8

  1. On your keyboard, press the Windows key + X and select Control Panel.
  2. Click Hardware and Sound, then click Power Options.
  3. Click Change plan settings for the plan you want to change.
  4. Click Change advanced power settings.
  5. Click the plus sign (+) next to “USB settings” and “USB selective suspend setting” to expand the options and change the setting to Disabled.
  6. Click OK to apply the setting.

Note: You may need to disconnect and re-connect your USB device after applying these settings to re-establish the connection.

Windows 7 / Vista

  1. Click the Start button and select Control Panel.
  2. Click Hardware and Sound, then click Power Options.
  3. Click Change plan settings for the plan you want to change.
  4. Click Change advanced power settings.
  5. Click the plus sign (+) next to “USB settings” and “USB selective suspend setting” to expand the options and change the setting to Disabled.
  6. Click OK to apply the setting.

Note: You may need to disconnect and re-connect your USB device after applying these settings to re-establish the connection.

Windows XP

  1. On your desktop, right-click the My Computer icon and select Properties.
  2. Click the Device Manager tab.
  3. Expand Universal Serial Bus controllers by clicking the arrow to the left of it.
  4. Right-click the first USB Root Hub device and select Properties.
  5. Click the Power Management tab.
  6. Clear the box next to Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power.
  7. Click OK to apply the setting.
  8. Repeat steps 4-7 for any remaining devices in the Universal Serial Bus Controllers section with “Root Hub” in the name.

Note: You may need to disconnect and re-connect your USB device after applying these settings to re-establish the connection.

How To

To confirm that Windows detects your USB device, complete the following:

  1. Press the Windows key+R, type devmgmt.msc, and press Enter.
  2. In Device Manager, under the appropriate heading, confirm that your expansion card is listed and that there isn't an exclamation mark next to it.  For example, a USB controller card would be under Universal Serial Bus controllers.

Your USB device is listed according to the name of the chipset. To determine the name of the chipset of your USB device, navigate to www.StarTech.com and look on the Technical Specifications tab for your product.

To confirm that the Mac OS detects your USB device, complete the following:

  1. Click the Apple icon.
  2. Click About This Mac.
  3. Click More Info or System Report.
  4. Under the appropriate heading, confirm that your USB device is listed and that there isn't an error. For example, a network card would be under Ethernet Cards.

You may need to refresh the System Information page after you plug in your device.  To do so, press Command R with the System Information page open.

Your USB device is listed according to the name of the chipset. To determine the name of the chipset of your USB device, navigate to www.StarTech.com and look on the Technical Specifications tab for your product.

Before You Buy

This USB parallel device is only intended to be used with printers. Your operating system will register this device as a USB Printer Support device and not as an additional LPT port. If you need a USB parallel device to handle parallel devices in addition to printers, consider the ICUSB2321284.


 

Compliance and safety

Compliance letters

  • RoHS
    • Language: English
  • WEEE
    • Language: English

Safety Measures

  • If product has an exposed circuit board, do not touch the product under power.
  • If Class 1 Laser Product. Laser radiation is present when the system is open.
  • Wiring terminations should not be made with the product and/or electric lines under power.
  • Product installation and/or mounting should be completed by a certified professional as per the local safety and building code guidelines.
  • Cables (including power and charging cables) should be placed and routed to avoid creating electric, tripping or safety hazards.
*Product appearance and specifications are subject to change without notice.

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Works (with a patch from HP)

By: khakiman - 03/06/2014
Installed cable and tried every which way to get the printer to work..My ancient but trusty HP 712c inkjet refused to spring to life. Finally, thanks to the expert guidance and patience of the StarTech rep Curtis, we found the answer. In brief, it involved installing a patch described on the HP website that was necessary for this model as well as several other vintage HP printers to work with this cable. See below. http://h30434.www3.hp.com/t5/Printer-All-in-One-Software-Drivers/Deskjet-710-720-810-820-1000-Series-printers-Patch-for-64/m-p/203377#U203377 The patch worked like a charm and I hope to get another dozen years from my old reliable HP 710 using StarTech's cable. Thanks StarTech for having such great support. Kudos to Curtis for hanging in there with me. Ira
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Works with Linux

By: Steve - 09/10/2014
Connected HP LaserJet 4L printer to a computer with Redhat Enterprise Linux 6.1, which automatically detected the printer and printing worked. No configuration and no disk was required.
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