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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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TRENDnet TU-P1284 USB to Parallel Printer Cable Adapter
Item: 2509435 / Model : TU-P1284
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  • Centronics Male Parallel
  • Type A Male USB
  • 6.56ft
15.79 $15.79
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StarTech 6ft DB25 to Centronics 36 Parallel Printer Cable, M/M (PB6_)
Item: 2418131 / Model : PB6_
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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 $6.99
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Staples 6' 3.5mm Auxiliary Audio Extension Cable, Black
Staples 6' 3.5mm Auxiliary Audio Extension Cable, Black
Item: 2093672 / Model : 29760
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  • Extends length and flexibility of portable audio connections for devices that are equipped with a 3.5mm headphone jack
  • 3.5mm (male) to 3.5mm (female)
  • 6' in length
5.99 $5.99
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StarTech USB to Parallel M/M Printer Adapter, 6'
Item: 2419316 / Model : ICUSB1284
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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 $16.89
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Staples 6' USB Parallel Printer Adapter, Black
Item: 2093670 / Model : 29781
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  • Printer cable with parallel to USB port
  • 1.8 meter (6ft) cable length for versatile setup options
  • Windows® compatible only
46.99 $46.99
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StarTech USB to Parallel Printer Adapter
Item: IM1BH2316 / Model : ICUSB128410
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  • StarTech USB to parallel printer adapter in black color
  • Features low power consumption as it draws power from USB
  • USB interface offers faster data transfer and is an ideal solution for space saving
23.99 $23.99
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Staples 11' Gold Series USB A/B Cable (18803)
Item: 837524 / Model : 18803
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  • USB A/B
  • USB A/B
  • Connects your computer to your USB device
6.59 $6.59
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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 $4.99