12-09-2008 12:48 AM
I'm just wondering if anyone has had any experience of this.
I have a fairly old thermal printer that I would like to make avaliable on our network with the WPS54G. The printer has a serial connection and I have tried a couple of serial to USB adapters plugged in to the print server but unfortunately it doesn't seem to detect that anything is connected (no green USB light on the front of the server).
A native USB printer works fine through the print server and I know that the adapters are sound as I can print to the printer via the adapters under Windows.
However, Windows first detects the adapter and installs a driver for it when you plug it in and I presume it's this step that I'll not be able to replicate on the print server and so it can't communicate with the printer at all.
Has anyone conquered this or am I on a losing battle?
Any help would be much appreciated so many thanks in advance if anyone can help!
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12-09-2008 09:24 PM
So your thermal printer is serial interface?
So the adapter is plug in between print server and thermal printer?
This way can't make it.
You have to find the print server has serial port.
But this kind of print server(very old) is very rare now.
12-11-2008 12:09 AM
Thanks for taking the time to look at the post.
I'm still curious as to *why* this won't work as all the adapter does is provide the USB interface. Is it the driver for the adapter that's the issue? Is it anything to do with the handshaking lines available on the serial port not being translated through the adapter? A little more detail would be great if you know why.
In the meantime I have been looking in to serial wireless print servers. If anyone else comes across this problem then they do exist but are quite expensive in comparison to USB print servers.
Some models and resellers are as follows. Any prices are in Australian Dollars:
I'll post back if this works or if I find a solution to the adapter issue.
12-11-2008 06:09 PM
If this adapter is connected PC to your priner, I think you also to install a driver on PC for this adapter. The adapter converts Serial signal to USB, the driver converts USB signal back to Serial. But for WPS54G can't do this, so this is why your way can't work.
=> a Serial Server should be able to work with your printer
=> a Print Server with 2 parallel port and one serial port, it should work. This kind of print server has a some limitations, it can't support GDI printer. So you have to make sure your printer is in its supported list or not.
=> It is a USB port print server, its serial port is for for external analog or ISDN modem
=> a two ports Serial Server should be able to work with your printer.
Regarding the Serial Server, you also need to install its driver in your computer.
After connected, you will think it likes your printer is connected to your computer. If you have other computers, you can install the driver in them as well. Then they also can use this printer, but not at the same time.
12-11-2008 06:52 PM
Thanks Kevin. I thought it would be down to not being able to install the adapter's driver on the print server. I think I'll stop trying now!
I guess the solution is to buy an appropriate device in the first place!
Thanks for your help.