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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 7' Gold Series A/B USB Cable
Item : 837537
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  • USB A/B cable
  • Connects your computer to your USB device
  • 7' long
$1.95 $6.29
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C2G® USB/Centronics Parallel Printer Adapter Cable, 6'
Item : 2452973
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  • 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
  • 6' long
$13.49
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DNPC2G USB/Centronics Parallel Printer Adapter Cable, 6'
Item : IM1511684
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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
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Siig® JU-000051-S1 USB A To Centronics 36-Pin Printer Cable, 1.5 m (JU-000051-S1)
Item : 2509452
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  • 1 x centronics 36-pin (male)
  • 1.5 m
  • Dimensions: 2 1/2" x 2 1/4" x 1" parallel-port connector
$24.49
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Tripp Lite U207-006 USB to Parallel Printer Adapter Cable, 6'
Item : 2453192
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  • 1 x 25-pin DB-25 female IEEE 1284 parallel
  • 6'
  • Dimensions: 4.5" x 3.9" x 1.7"
$13.59
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StarTech 6ft DB25 to Centronics 36 Parallel Printer Cable, M/M (PB6_)
Item : 2418131
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  • Easy to use and install
  • Backed by StarTech.com's lifetime warranty
  • Position your printer up to 6 feet away from your computer
$6.99
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C2G® Parallel Printer Cable, 3', DB25 Male to Centronics 36 Male (2797)
Item : IM1J64691
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  • Printer cable is tough enough for use in industrial settings
  • Cable length: 3'
  • Connections: DB25 male x centronics 36 male
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Tripp Lite U206-006-R USB A To Centronics 36-Pin Parallel Printer Adapter Cable, 6' (U206-006-R)
Item : 2509138
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  • 1 x 36-pin centronics male parallel
  • Dimensions: 6.2" x 5" x 1.8"
  • Cable type: USB
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TRENDnet® TU-P1284 USB to Parallel Printer Cable Adapter (TU-P1284)
Item : 2509435
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  • Data transfer rate: Up to 12Mbps
  • Ports: 1 x USB - 4 pin USB Type A
  • Form factor: External
$15.79
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Tripp Lite Internal Dual Ultra 33/66/100 ATA/DMA EIDE Ribbon Cable IDE / EIDE Cable 1.5 Ft (391945)
Item : IM1095754
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  • Type: IDE / EIDE cable
  • Interface Speed: UDMA 66/100
  • Length: 1.5 ft
$9.19
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Avocent® CBL0094 6' Cable for Network Power SC800 KVM Switch
Item : IM11C3870
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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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StarTech USB to Parallel M/M Printer Adapter, 6'
Item : 2419316
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  • Has one x USB male connector on second end for easy connection
  • 6' long
  • Supports Windows 7, Vista, XP, 2000, ME and 98 operating systems
$16.89
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Tripp Lite P606-010 DB-25 Male To Centronics 36-Pin Parallel Printer Cable, 10'
Item : 2418780
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  • 1 x 36-pin centronics male IEEE 1284 parallel
  • 10'
  • Cable type: Printer
$10.99
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C2G (40307) High-Speed HDMI-to-HDMI Mini Cable with Ethernet Video/Audio/Network Cable, 6.6', Black
Item : 2418012
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  • Left Connector(s): 1 x 19 pin HDMI Type A - male
  • Right Connector(s): 1 x 19 pin mini HDMI Type C - male
  • Technology Features: HDMI Ethernet Channel (HEC), HDMI CEC support (Consumer Electronics Control)
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Monoprice® 105152 USB 2.0 4 To 1 Auto Printer Sharing Switch
Item : 1254055
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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
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Ubiquiti® 23dBi Compact Antenna for airFiber X Wireless Access Point (AF-5G23-S45)
Item : IM1ZH2365
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  • Compact antenna for wireless data network
  • Compatible with airFiber X wireless access point
  • Dimensions: 14.9"Dia
$114.19
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StarTech MU10MMS 10ft Slim 3.5mm Stereo Audio Cable, M/M
Item : 2418476
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  • Gold-plated, molded connectors with strain relief ensure a solid, high quality connection between the connected devices
  • Slimline connector molding designed for use with portable devices
  • Molded connectors with strain relief
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Comprehensive 1x1 VGA/XGA Line Driver (CDA-VGA10K)
Item : IM1VR5578
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  • 500 MHz
  • 1x1 VGA/XGA Line Driver
  • Perfect for everyday use
$107.49
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Staples 11' Gold Series USB A/B Cable (18803)
Item : 837524
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  • USB A/B
  • Connects your computer to your USB device
  • 11'
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Belkin 1.6' Pro Series A/B USB Cable
Item : 768323
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  • 20" L cable
  • Gray
  • 1 per pack
$9.99
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Staples 6' Silver Series A/B USB Cable
Item : 837370
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  • USB standard works with many common devices
  • Exceptional transfer speeds for quick communications
  • 6-foot long cable
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Staples 5' USB Parallel Printer Adapter, Black (18807)
Item : 837521
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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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Belkin Standard IBM Parallel Printer Cable, DB25M/CENTM, 6ft
Item : 822007
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  • DB25/Cent36 connectors
  • Male/Male
  • 6' Cable
$9.79
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Monoprice® 105151 USB 2.0 2 To 1 Auto Printer Sharing Switch
Item : 1254062
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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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