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Cables were used to run a line of communication before the advent and integration of wireless technologies.  To connect and run computers and printers also, cables were used as a direct line of communication. There may be numerous reasons you want to hardwire today’s wireless printers to computer. Today’s printers still have ports through them you can Join them. Practical reasons that may urge you to connect your printer to the computer using a wired connection including lacking access to a router which facilitates wireless communication, to ensure security if printing documents contain sensitive information, etc. This guide will help you in determining what kind of printer cable will be required.

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USB and AB Cable

If you are using a printer manufactured anytime in the past 10 years, there is extremely high possibility that your printer will be equipped with USB technology. USB cables were and still are the most common technology facilitating wired communication. But one thing that you need to keep in mind to make the connection on USB-enabled printers is that not just any USB cable will do that. They require specific cables.

AB cable is the standard type of printer cable use with today’s printers. On one end, the cable will have a USB-A plug that fits into your computer’s USB port which is the familiar flat and rectangular end. The other end of the AB cable has a USB-B plug, which is square and comparatively smaller in size. This end plugs into the printer’s USB port. To be certain for the presence of a USB-B port, check the printer’s rear or side panel.

Serial Cables

Earlier versions of Mac printers used serial ports for setting up a communication connection between printer and computer. However, this design has been phased out by Apple. If your outdated printer is still running strong and you want to pair up a new Mac computer with it, you’ll have to purchase a serial to USB adapter cable.

Parallel Cables

You might need what’s called a parallel cable if you have a working a printer that was manufactured before USB standardization. These cables have flat and wide ends with pins which connect to a printer’s parallel port. The parallel port is the female end, sits on the rear panel of the printer.

Most of the computing devices manufactured today will not have a parallel port. Without purchasing an adapter cable, you may run into difficulty setting up a wired connection if trying to pair up an old printer with a new computer. Parallel cables on one end have a parallel plug and on the other, they have a USB-A plug.

No Problem with Mac or PC

The HP Printer cable standard of a late model Mac and a modern-day printer is the same. Any AB cable that you purchase will work the same on a PC as well as on a Mac as Contemporary Macintosh printer cables don’t require any different technology.

Important things that you need to keep in mind

Because retailers make on printer cable sales, so it become commonplace for printing device manufacturers not to deliver the device with connection cables in the box. For this reason, to spare yourself a return visit, make sure that you also pick up a cable when you buy a new HP Printer.

Right length of the cable is also an important aspect that you need to consider to bridge the distance if you’re looking to purchase a printer cable for your office or home setup. Make sure to choose the right and right length of cable to avoid any distraction in the communication between computer and printer. Because of technical limitations, you can get maximum 16 feet length USB cables, but if you need a longer cable, avoid connectivity speed issues by getting a hold of a special extension cable.

Still you r facing any trouble regrading fixing of printer cable to the computer, you can contact HP Printer Support for immediate help.