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If computer has a single parallel port then how can I connect three paralel printers on this pc ? Print Server seems a solution but seems expensive.However these printers might be far away.Is there any other way like some kind of switch for these printers?I have seen somthing for serial though..

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Parallel port? I just checked, we have 2013. Many years back, when parallel ports where actually used, there where manual switches to connect more than one printer to a port (or reverse, more than one computer to a printer, different models!). Nevertheless, product recommendations are off-topic on Stack Exchange sites, please read the FAQ. –  SvW Apr 20 '13 at 19:02
    
Recover a couple old computers from surplus. Install Linux. Setup, network, printers, and samba. –  Zoredache Apr 20 '13 at 19:06
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You have tagged networking. Do you need help to setup PPP on your parallel port to connect this computer to a print server ? –  BatchyX Apr 20 '13 at 19:32
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If a computer has a single parallel port, it's probably too old to be in use. –  Michael Hampton Apr 20 '13 at 21:40
    
I just sent a bunch of Parallel Print Servers to be recycled; half dozen or so. –  Chris S Apr 20 '13 at 22:18
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Print servers are the way to go. Where I live, the reduced electricity spend would repay the capex in year.

If you don't want to, you can get PCI parallel port cards to add extra parallel ports.

There is such a thing as "parallel extender" which allows you run very long parallel connections, but it would probably cost more than the print server(s)

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