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Printer Cables

A printer cable creates a link between a computer and a printing device, transmitting the data needed to output a hard copy of digital reports, images, or other documents. Cables have a variety of plugs and a flexible sheath that protects wires from damage. Staples® carries a broad selection of printer cables, including brands such as Belkin®, MONOPRICE®, and TRIPP LITE®.

A Printer Cable to Hook Up Almost Any Device
While many computers and printers have USB ports, some have other types of connectors. These specific cords link devices with the same type of connectors or convert between USB and parallel ports. Printer switches are a convenient way to share one or more devices with several computers. Each switch has several input ports and one or more output ports that provide the physical connection between devices. Switches come with application software that manages the connections and schedules print jobs. Wireless adapters eliminate physical plugs entirely, adding Wi-Fi capabilities to printers with Ethernet ports.

A Printer Cable Is a Reliable Data Connection
Most cables have a flexible sheath that protects the encased wires from physical damage. It also helps eliminate interference from sources such as power adapters or electrical cords, ensuring error-free data delivery. Cable connectors have a hard shell that keeps its delicate components from harm. Some have tiny screws or metal clips that physically secure the plugs to the devices. Cables also come in a broad range of lengths. Longer versions provide placement flexibility for computers and printers. Routing cords behind desks or along walls eliminate potential trip hazards and reduce the risk of cable damage.

Which Printer Cable Connectors Should You Choose?
A typical cable has two connectors, one for the computer and one for the printer. When making a choice, be sure you know the type and gender of the plugs on both devices. In the case of USB cables, almost all printing devices have female connectors but use plugs with different shapes: a flat Type A plug on the computer and a square Type B plug on the printer. Most parallel versions have a DB25 plug: a male connector with 25 pins and a Centronics connector with a micro ribbon plug. The DB25 plug fits the computer and the Centronics connector fits the printer. USB-to-parallel adapter cables link a computer's USB port to a parallel printer. Cables with the correct plugs create a reliable physical and electrical connection.

Does a Printer Cable Have a Length Limit?
Cables transmit data by sending electrical signals along one or more wires. The wire's resistance reduces the signal's strength and limits the cord's maximum length. USB 2.0 cables have a maximum length of about 16 feet, while USB 3.0 versions, which are faster, have a maximum recommended length of about 9 feet. Most parallel types conform to the IEEE® 1284 standard, which specifies a maximum length of about 32 feet. Choosing one that falls within these length limits ensures accurate data transmission between devices.

Cables for printing machines create a reliable connection between computers and printers. They include simple versions that create one-to-one links, switch boxes that join multiple devices to one or more printers, and wireless adapters that eliminate physical connections. Explore the selection of these computer accessories to find a connection solution for your home or office.
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Staples 6' Silver Series A/B USB Cable
Item : 837370 / Model : 18801
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  • USB standard works with many common devices
  • Exceptional transfer speeds for quick communications
  • 6-foot long cable
$4.99 $5.79
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Staples 7' Gold Series A/B USB Cable
Item : 837537 / Model : 18802
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  • USB A/B cable
  • Connects your computer to your USB device
  • 7' long
$6.29
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Staples 5' USB Parallel Printer Adapter, Black (18807)
Item : 837521 / Model : 18807
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  • Black USB cord connects parallel printer ports to USB ports
  • Five feet of connection length provides room for different configurations
  • Parallel port end connects to printer, while the USB connector fits your PC's standard USB port
$50.99
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TRENDnet® TU-P1284 USB to Parallel Printer Cable Adapter (TU-P1284)
Item : 2509435 / Model : TU-P1284
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  • Interface: 1 x USB 1.1 Interface type A, 1 x IEEE 1284 centronics 36 male
  • Data transfer rate: Up to 12Mbps
  • Ports: 1 x USB - 4 pin USB Type A
$15.79
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StarTech USB to Parallel M/M Printer Adapter, 6'
Item : 2419316 / Model : ICUSB1284
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  • Has one x centronics male parallel connector on first end for easy connection
  • Has one x USB male connector on second end for easy connection
  • 6' long
$16.89
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Monoprice® 105151 USB 2.0 2 To 1 Auto Printer Sharing Switch
Item : 1254062 / Model : 105151
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  • USB Share switch allow multiple PCs to share one USB device
  • Provides you a great solution to share USB devices up to four PCs to save the limited budgets on USB devices and the effort on doing hot-plug process
  • Compatible USB 1.1/2.0 specifications
$27.99
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Tripp Lite Ultra Thin Toslink to Mini Toslink Digital SPDIF Audio Cable 2M (A104-02M)
Item : IM11E5317 / Model : A104-02M
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  • Toslink for Audio Device, Home Theater System, DVD Player, CD Player, Satellite Receiver
  • 1 x Toslink Male Digital Audio
  • 1 x Mini-Toslink Male Digital Audio
$11.69
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Monoprice® 105152 USB 2.0 4 To 1 Auto Printer Sharing Switch
Item : 1254055 / Model : 105152
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  • USB Share switch allow multiple PCs to share one USB device
  • Provides you a great solution to share USB devices up to four PCs to save the limited budgets on USB devices and the effort on doing hot-plug process
  • Compatible USB 1.1/2.0 specifications
$35.99
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C2G (40307) High-Speed HDMI-to-HDMI Mini Cable with Ethernet Video/Audio/Network Cable, 6.6', Black
Item : 2418012 / Model : 40307
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  • Length: 6.6 ft
  • Left Connector(s): 1 x 19 pin HDMI Type A - male
  • Right Connector(s): 1 x 19 pin mini HDMI Type C - male
$9.99
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Tripp Lite P606-010 DB-25 Male To Centronics 36-Pin Parallel Printer Cable, 10'
Item : 2418780 / Model : P606-010
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  • 1 x DB-25 male IEEE 1284 parallel
  • 1 x 36-pin centronics male IEEE 1284 parallel
  • 10'
$10.99
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Xerox® Wireless Print Solutions Adapter for Phaser 4622 (097S04633)
Item : IM11K1335 / Model : 097S04633
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  • Print solutions adapter seamlessly connects printer or MFP to modern mobile and desktop workflows, regardless of office environment
  • Connectivity: Wireless
  • Compatible with Phaser 4622/3260/3320/3610/5550/6022/6500/6600/6700/7500/7100/7800, ColorQube 8580/8700/8880/9301/9302/9303 printers
$232.99
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Avocent® CBL0094 6' Cable for Network Power SC800 KVM Switch
Item : IM11C3870 / Model : 15983297
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  • Cable
  • Compatible with network power SC800 secure desktop KVM switches, Cybex SC840, keyboard/mouse, audio/video device, speaker
  • Cable length: 6'
$48.49
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Tripp Lite U207-006 USB to Parallel Printer Adapter Cable, 6'
Item : 2453192 / Model : U207-006
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  • 1 x type A male USB 1.1 USB
  • 1 x 25-pin DB-25 female IEEE 1284 parallel
  • 6'
$15.19
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StarTech 6ft DB25 to Centronics 36 Parallel Printer Cable, M/M (PB6_)
Item : 2418131 / Model : PB6
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  • Position your printer up to 6 feet away from your computer
  • Easy to use and install
  • Backed by StarTech.com's lifetime warranty
$6.99
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Siig® JU-000051-S1 USB A To Centronics 36-Pin Printer Cable, 1.5 m (JU-000051-S1)
Item : 2509452 / Model : JU-000051-S1
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  • 1 x USB type A (male)
  • 1 x centronics 36-pin (male)
  • 1.5 m
$24.49
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Belkin® Pro Series 6' Parallel Printer Cable, Black (F2A046B06)
Item : 2582171 / Model : 11350983
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  • Connector: 1 x 25-pin DB-25 male first end, 1 x 36-pin centronics male second end
  • 6'
  • Black
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StarTech MU10MMS 10ft Slim 3.5mm Stereo Audio Cable, M/M
Item : 2418476 / Model : MU10MMS
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  • Unique slim connector design fits most iPod and iPhone 3.5mm stereo jacks, without having to remove the protective casing
  • Gold-plated, molded connectors with strain relief ensure a solid, high quality connection between the connected devices
  • Backed by a StarTech .com lifetime warranty and free lifetime technical support
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Aten® Flash/Net Parallel Printer Network Transmitter With 25' Cable
Item : 897835 / Model : AS248T
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  • Inputs: 1 x DB-25 male, outputs: 2 x 6P4C jacks
  • 8 printers via a maximum of 64 computers through switching
  • Cable length: 25'
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Comprehensive 1x1 VGA/XGA Line Driver (CDA-VGA10K)
Item : IM1VR5578 / Model : CDA-VGA10K
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  • 500 MHz
  • 1x1 VGA/XGA Line Driver
  • Perfect for everyday use
$107.49
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Steren Coaxial Video Cable (205-523)
Item : IM1KV7163 / Model : 205-523
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  • Coaxial for Video Device
  • 3 ft
  • 1 x BNC Male Video
$8.69
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Belkin 1.6' Pro Series A/B USB Cable
Item : 768323 / Model : F3U133-20INCH
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$9.99
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C2G® USB/Centronics Parallel Printer Adapter Cable, 6'
Item : 2452973 / Model : 16898
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  • Comes in beige color for refined look
  • Has one x USB A male connector on first end for easy connection with your computer
  • Has one x centronics male parallel connector on second end for easy connection
$13.19
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C2G® Parallel Printer Cable, 3', DB25 Male to Centronics 36 Male (2797)
Item : IM1J64691 / Model : 02797
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  • Printer cable is tough enough for use in industrial settings
  • Cable length: 3'
  • Connections: DB25 male x centronics 36 male
$6.49
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Belkin IEEE 1284 Parallel Printer Cable, A-B DB25M/CENTM, 10ft
Item : 717181 / Model : F2A046A10
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  • Cent36/DB25 connectors
  • Male/Male
  • 10' Cable
$32.99
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