What are parallel cables used for?

What are parallel cables used for?

A series of metal wires that enable multiple bits of data to be transferred simultaneously. Parallel cables have mostly given way to serial cables, where data is transferred one bit after another.

How does parallel port work in computer?

When a PC wants to send data to a printer, it sends it either through a parallel port, a serial port or a network connection. When using a parallel port, the computer sends the data 1 byte at a time (8 bits in parallel, as opposed to 8 bits serially as in a serial port).

Is USB a parallel interface?

Today, the parallel port interface is virtually non-existent because of the rise of Universal Serial Bus (USB) devices, along with network printing using Ethernet and Wi-Fi connected printers. The parallel port interface was originally known as the Parallel Printer Adapter on IBM PC-compatible computers.

Which devices use parallel ports?

Modems, security cameras, device controllers use serial ports. Printers, Hard Drives, CD drives use parallel ports.

Can you add a parallel port to a laptop?

Most computers do not provide a parallel port anymore. A common proposal is to use a USB parallel port (sometimes called a “USB-parallel adapter”). “Universal docking stations” usually use a USB port for the connection to the PC too. Used laptops and business laptops are also a possible solution.

Do USB-to-parallel adapters work?

You can use a USB-to-parallel adapter cable to connect most parallel printers to computers that have USB ports but not a Centronics-type 36-pin adapter port. Active adapters are compatible with virtually all parallel printers, and contain circuitry in the cable that draws additional power from the USB port.

Can USB be used as parallel COM port?

For consumers, USB and computer networks have replaced the parallel printer port, for connections both to printers and to other devices. USB-to-parallel adapters are available that can make parallel-only printers work with USB-only systems. There are PCI (and PCI-express) cards that provide parallel ports.

Can you convert parallel to USB?

Now you can, using an easy-to-use, easy-to-connect parallel-to-USB connector cable. Most newer computers do not come with parallel ports and connections anymore. USB offers faster and more efficient transfer speeds of up to 480 Mbps, making them ideal for computer device communication.

How do I connect a USB to a parallel port?

The USB to parallel printer cable allows your PC to print to most parallel printer device connected through the USB port. Just plug the USB connector of the cable into the USB port of your PC and the other end into the Centronics connector of the parallel printer.

What is a parallel port used to connect?


  • Scanners
  • CD burners
  • External hard drives
  • Iomega Zip removable drives
  • Network adapters
  • Tape backup drives
  • What connects to the parallel port?

    When a cord is attached to the parallel port, the two devices are connected and are able to communicate. A parallel port is characterized by two rows of small holes that accept the rows of small pins on the cord, and there usually is a screw hole on each side of the port so that the cord can be securely fastened to the computer.

    Is a parallel port a type of computer port?


  • Serial Port.
  • Parallel Port or Centronics 36 Pin Port.
  • Audio Ports.
  • Video Ports.
  • Digital Video Interface (DVI) DVI is a high speed digital interface between a display controller like a computer and a display device like a monitor.
  • Display Port.
  • RCA Connector.
  • Component Video.
  • What are the different types of parallel ports?

    Logical parallel port 1: I/O port 0x3BC, IRQ 7 (usually in monochrome graphics adapters) Logical parallel port 2: I/O port 0x378, IRQ 7 (dedicated IO cards or using a controller built into the mainboard) Logical parallel port 3: I/O port 0x278, IRQ 5 (dedicated IO cards or using a controller built into the mainboard)