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Old 11th November 2007, 07:44 AM   #1
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Default Parallel to Ethernet network cable thingy

Hi,

I want to use a printer port with “8 outputs and ~4 inputs” to be wired up onto my Ethernet cable, no hardware, only software would be needed I think, I have a parallel linking cable and the speed is 4Mbps linking speed, so if that connection is 4Mbps, then its ok for me, it’s a old pc.


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Old 12th November 2007, 05:09 PM   #2
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Not possible. Your best bet is to get a used card that adds USB to an old PC and then a used USB/Ethernet bridge. These things are probably in the <$10 range these days.
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Old 12th November 2007, 05:46 PM   #3
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That’s not impossible, it might be stupid tho, I think if you just have the right drivers it will work, but its cool, its probably better to get a Ethernet card, instead of going the DIY path
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Old 12th November 2007, 07:23 PM   #4
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Here's an article for starters. As far as I know the Realtek ethernet controller or equivalent is a requirement ie. you cannot gererate the required (electrical) signals from a parallel port.

This link is funny too an Atari ethernet adaptor of all things.

http://atari.scum.org/ethernet/
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Lol, this is a cool article, let’s thank god all new pc’s have a built in Ethernet port in them. :-)
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Have you looked at DCC (direct cable connection) built into windows?
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Old 16th November 2007, 05:36 AM   #7
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Have you looked at DCC (direct cable connection) built into windows?

if your talking about LPT to LPT cable linking
I already have a homemade one, speed is 4mbps
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