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Printing and Faxing

Shared printers simply need to be connected to host Windows 2000 computers with a standard parallel printer cable. If the printer needs to be farther than 10 feet away from a computer, you have three choices:

  1. Get a really long cable, and take your chances. The electrical signal for parallel printers is not supposed to be stretched more then 10 feet, but I've gotten away with 25 feet in the past. Buy a high-quality shielded cable. You may get data errors (bad printed characters) with this approach.

  2. Use a network-capable printer. You can buy special network printer modules for some printers, or you can buy special third-party "print server" modules, which connect to the printer port and to a network cable. Network supply catalogs list a myriad of these devices.

  3. Use a printer-extender device. These devices turn the high-speed parallel data signal into a serial data connection somewhat as a modem does, and I recommend against using them because they result in very slow printing.


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