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Topic # 191124 24-Jan-2016 17:46
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Hi guys


For my work, the IT install guys have used VGA to a circular plug, then back to vga at the other end to get the plugs through nice brush plates.


I'm needing to run a 5m parallel cable from the thin client, through 2 existing brush plates to the thermal receipt printer in a new location. But obviously parallel is way too big to fit.


Its a major fast food restaurant (brand new location), so I can't change the interface to a smaller one like USB or ethernet, and I can't cut out new holes in the new tiles. Ideally need to run through the existing brush plates.


Is there any such thing as adapter cables to a 'mini parallel' and then back. Need about 5 m total from thin clients parallel port to the printer.


(They used these on the VGA's)






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  Reply # 1477911 24-Jan-2016 19:49
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Can you get a suitable length lead, remove a connector, feed it through to the printer, and then refit the connector?

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  Reply # 1477916 24-Jan-2016 20:06
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Back when parallel printers were a thing, and networks were rare, there were things to convert it to a RJ11 plug which would daisy chain between PCs and then go to a single parallel printer.


Perhaps see if you can find one of those old type parallel printer sharing things to get the data to the printer?



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  Reply # 1477991 25-Jan-2016 01:06
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Just cut the plug off one end of the cable.  Install the cable. And solder a new plug on. Jaycar sell the right replacement plugs.




Otherwise  make some custom parallel port to rj45 adapters. But you will need two cat 5 runs for parallel port without using any active circuitry.



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