How to Convert a Parallel Port to USB (4 Steps)
By Kefa Olang
Do you have an old printer, scanner or other peripheral device that can't connect directly to your new computer? Now you can, using an easy-to-use, easy-to-connect parallel-to-USB connector cable. Most newer computers do not come with parallel ports and connections anymore. They have instead resorted to USB 2.0 connections. USB offers faster and more efficient transfer speeds of up to 480 Mbps, making them ideal for computer device communication.
Connect the parallel end of the connector cable to the parallel port on your printer, scanner or other parallel peripheral device.
Plug the USB end of the connector cable to an open USB port on your computer, then turn on your device. Your computer will automatically detect the device as a new hardware.
Insert the installation disc for your device into the CD-ROM drive, then follow the instructions to install your device drivers. This may vary depending on the device connected. If you do not have an installation CD, check your manufacturer's website for driver downloads.
Perform a test print, scan or function with your device to make sure that the connection is secure and the drivers are properly installed.
- There are many different companies that offer parallel-to-USB connector cables (see Resources), but all work the same way.
Kefa Olang has been writing articles online since April 2009. He has been published in the "Celebration of Young Poets" and has an associate degree in communication and media arts from Dutchess Community College, and a bachelor's degree in broadcasting and mass communication from the State University of New York, Oswego.