In computing, a parallel printer cable connects the parallel printer port on a computer to the Centronics port on a printer.
These cables carry the digital signals from a computer to the printer, which transfer data for printing out on paper. The parallel printer cable is standardised by the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) so that cables from different manufacturers will work together.
The parallel printer cable, also known as a parallel printer connector (PPC), is a connector used with printers and plotters that connect a parallel port to a printer. Parallel ports can transmit data between different devices, such as printers and scanners, and can also transmit data between two computers.
The original parallel printer cable has only one conductor. The enhanced parallel printer cable has two conductors, one at each end of the cable.
The enhanced parallel printer cable allows the signal to not only pass from the parallel port to the printer but also pass from the printer back to the parallel port. The most obvious job of a parallel printer cable to perform is to connect a parallel port to a printer or scanner.
Printer cartridges have ports that are designed to send data to a printer. The connector is soldered to the printer port and the other end of the cable is connected to a parallel port on the printer.
The parallel port is plugged into your computer's parallel port. We stock a wide variety of printer cables for all your printing needs.
We stock the standard parallel printer cable as well as the enhanced IEEE1284 parallel printer cable.