Have you ever considered what a practical and convenient device a Printer USB cable, or any universal connecting cable really is? Without this cord to connect your computer to external devices like the iPod or any digital camera, many of the technology tools we use would have limited value.
An often unconsidered feature of the USB cord is compatibility with multiple operating systems. Universal connecting cables are supported by all systems made today. Only older systems may deviate from this standard.
Although compatible with modern OS systems, some devices may require some setup or installation of drivers to introduce it to the computer. USB is available for every laptop, desktop, or printer, and eliminates the need for additional power supply.
Because of this, costs are reduced on external accessories, and several peripheral devices can be connected at the same time, up to the maximum reserved bandwidth.
A converter cable permits a printer to be connected to the USB port, enabling rapid data transport, far beyond the speed of a typical parallel printer port.
Printer cables may need to operate with specific ports on peripherals. For converting the signal from the printer USB cable to a parallel port, a specific converter cord can be purchased. Sabrent makes a model which communicates with PC's and Mac's, desktop or notebook.
A converter cable permits a parallel printer to be connected to the USB port, enabling rapid data transport, far beyond the speed of a typical printer port. This reduces time spent finishing a job, by getting it to the printer faster.
A basic ten dollar universal cable is adequate for most printing jobs, however. A common example would be a 2.0 universal extension with transfer rates as high as 480 Megabytes per second. This is the commonly seen six foot device in various colors, running from computer to printer, and hard drive to printer, depending on the application.