[K12OSN] Ongoing printing problems k12ltsp V8

"Terrell Prudé Jr." microman at cmosnetworks.com
Mon Jan 21 15:43:29 UTC 2008

Sudev Barar wrote:
> On 21/01/2008, "Terrell Prudé Jr." <microman at cmosnetworks.com> wrote:
>>  Sudev Barar wrote:
>> But this would mean running network cables in parallel for all the
>> network printers?
>>  Sure, we run network cables anyway for computers, so it's just like that.
>> This way, you're far less limited in where you can physically put a printer.
>>  That is, you're not limited by the length of a USB or LPT cable.
>>  Perhaps you're thinking that you'd have to run *both* a Cat 5 cable and an
>> LPT cable?  If so, then the answer is no, you don't.  You can think of this
>> as a much more brainy sort of "media converter" that turns a printer's
>> traditional Centronics parallel interface into a Cat 5 network jack that
>> speaks TCP/IP.
> Okay. Then you need something similar on the other end of the cable or
> the printer has to have a network jack (network printer)?

The second part of your sentence is actually close to the mark.  That's 
what an external JetDirect card, or this little $45 box, does.  It turns 
the parallel port on the printer itself *into* a network jack.  Thus, it 
turns *any* parallel printer into a network printer.

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