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Is it possible to convert a parallel connector to an Ethernet
connection?  I
have an HP OfficeJet R80 with a parallel cable
connection.  It's connected to my
desktop PC and then I have my desktop
PC connected to a wireless router.  I just
bought a wireless note book
and I want to be able to send print jobs directly to
my printer and go
around my PC so that I don't have to go through the trouble of
booting
the PC every time I want to print from my notebook.  But I need to
somehow convert the parallel connection to Ethernet so that I can
connect it to
my wireless router.  Is this even possible?


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Re: Convert Parallel to Ethernet


On Sat, 20 Jan 2007 15:22:34 +0530 Toddo wrote:

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A rather old OfficeJet model... What you are basically looking for is a
"TCP/IP print server" which will probably[1] solve your problem. Anyway,
with any generic print server you will not be able to do anything
besides printing - no scanning functionality for example. IIRC HP
JetDirect printservers did allow for scanning functionality as well -
your best bet is to contact HP support to get more detailed information.
At least the JetDirect 300x seems to have the OfficeJet R Series on the
compatibility list:
http://h10010.www1.hp.com/wwpc/us/en/sm/WF05a/18972-236253-64302-34214-64302-27316.html

Anyway, this is not an Ethernet question - you'd be better off asking in
some printer or networking newsgroup.


[1] I would not say "for sure" since the HP OfficeJet models sometimes
    are pure GDI printers and thus require direct control through the PC
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Re: Convert Parallel to Ethernet


Toddo wrote:
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Visit the HP site and look for accessories for your R80. The will likely
list which JetDirect cards and boxes will work with it. That list might
be restricted to the currently shipping expensive products. So you can
go to the support area and search for:
jetdirect supported printer matrix
and other things. They keep moving things around so I don't have a link.

But there's a good chance that one of the cheaper external boxes will work.

If it's an output only printer you can also likely get results from a
print server from Linksys, Netgear, etc... at your local big box retailer.

Re: Convert Parallel to Ethernet



Thanks for the replies.  The OfficeJet R80 requires ecp to be enabled in
the
BIOS.  I don't know if that makes the situation any better for
funtionality or
not.  It's supposed to be more sophisticated than just
"bi-directional".
Anyway, I found some parallel to ethernet print
servers on the CompUSA site
starting at $34 bucks.

Thanks


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