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A Guide to Printer Cables, the Unexpectedly Complex Process

Even though wireless printers are all the rage these days, many printers still require the use of printer cables in order to print from computers. In fact, many wireless printers these days still come with ports that let you connect the printer to a computer using a cable. After all, wireless printing won’t work when there isn’t any wi-fi. If you’re someone who’s facing this problem, then you’re in luck! Read on for a guide to the printer cables and which one you’ll need.

USB Cable and AB Cable

The most common cable to be found on printers these days, USB cables are extremely widely used. In fact, any printer that has been manufactured in the past decade is likely to have the option of USB connectivity. When shopping for USB cables, keep in mind that not any old USB cable will make the connection. Aside from the USB cable, the printer will likely have required the assistance of the printer software.

On the other end of the USB cable is the AB cable. Along with the USB side, the AB cable is considered the standard for printers. This is the end that goes into the back of the printer, and is also known as the USB-B plug, with the flat USB side known as the USB-A plug. The USB-B plug is smaller and squarer than the USB-A plug.

Mini-USB Cable

Similar to a USB cable but smaller, this is the standard connector for some cameras and mobile devices. They aren’t as commonly used these days with the invention of the micro-USB.

Micro-USB Cable

The current standard for cable connectors of mobile and portable devices like cameras, about every manufacturer uses micro-USB cables these days.

Type-C Cable

The most recent cable, this is a reversible cable that is said will be more powerful than previous USB types and will offer more transfer rates. It is rapidly being adopted by laptops.

Parallel Cable

If you’re working with a printer that has been manufactured from decades ago, before USB became the standard cable for printers, then you might find yourself in need of parallel cables. Most young people will say that parallel cables look “old”, with flat, wide head and noticeable pins. Connected to the printer via its parallel port that can typically be found on a printer’s rear end, it works similarly to USB printer cables.

However, you might encounter problems when trying to connect directly to your laptop without the aid of an adapter cable. As parallel cables are quite dated these days, it is very likely that whatever computer you own will not come with a parallel port.

Serial Cable

Also, quite dated, older versions of Mac computers used serial cables to connect printers to computers. Nowadays, they aren’t used, but adapters to USB-A cables can be found on the market if need be.