I have a bit of an interesting challenge :) I have a machine with a parallel printer output, i want it to be able to print instead to a printer in a different room and i know that parallel isnt great over big distances. i found this:
which will let me connect over cat5, but its usb to cat 5. my machine can only output on parallel (its not a computer) so what i was thinking of getting is a parallel(f) to usb and usb to parallel (M) for either side
i.e. machine -> parallel -> usb -> cat5 -> usb -> parallel ->printer
just seems a bit messy :) suggestions?
another thing i would like to try is to get rid of the old school parallel printer and instead use a network based multi function. would this be possible?
i.e. machine -> parallel ->usb -> cat5 -> ethernet print server - > network printer
this might be rougher because the machine cannot "know" that we are using a network printer. it can ONLY print to LPT1