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Old 11-16-2006, 07:51 AM   #1
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Are there some printers which should not be put on a switch box? I wanted to try putting a large laser printer on my everyday computer, but I needed a 14 foot cable and I only had a 10 foot. So I ran a cable to a switch box I had laying around. I checked the printer manual (what a job at like 300 pages) and it said nothing about switch boxes. I think any printer can be put on a switch box, but maybe, I should check to be certain.

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Old 11-16-2006, 01:20 PM   #2
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Is it a parallel printer cable? Parallel cables do not work reliably over longer distances, that's why they are usually only 6-10 feet long. Serial is slower, and requires a different printer interface.

If everything works fine, don't sweat it. But if you start getting messed up pages, you might want to move the printer closer.
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Thank you, donmcc.

Yeah, I'm using the parallel port. The 10 ft. cable is very high quality with the gold endings. The switch box cable is normal quality, also 10 ft. I have a short one also. So far, no problems at all.

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With high-quality parallel cables (thick cables, twisted pair per circuit) I've run 25 feet with no problem. Since your cable has gold-plated connections I would expect the internals to be equal quality and should present no problem. The use of an electronic (automatic) switch box should also help by cleaning up the signal en route; a manual switch box may worsen the situation.
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Gary,

Thanks for the confirmation. I didn't even know there was such a thing, electronic switch boxes. Now, I'll have to check it out.

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Old 11-18-2006, 02:30 AM   #6
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I didn't even know there was such a thing, electronic switch boxes. Now, I'll have to check it out.
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If you are not actually switching printers with that mechanical switch box, I suggest that you consider a male to male connector instead, to reduce eletronic noise and the possibility of having the printer accidentally switched off.
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If you are not actually switching printers with that mechanical switch box, I suggest that you consider a male to male connector instead, to reduce eletronic noise and the possibility of having the printer accidentally switched off.
I'm not for sure I know what you mean "male to male" connector. Do you mean like an extention cable? I've seen cable that have the 25 pin male head and a female end for a male end of a parallel cable for the port on the tower. It looks like an extention cord, but I'm not sure what they are for, and they have the fastener screws for a port.

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I'm not for sure I know what you mean "male to male" connector.
It means that both ends of the connector are male. Used when you have a female socket and a female plug.
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It means that both ends of the connector are male. Used when you have a female socket and a female plug.
Normally, it would mean that. But in this instance Dave is tell me to eliminate a switch box that uses such a male to male cable by resorting to another type male to male. Or so I think.

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For the curious--

I just was looking up something in an A+ Certification Guide and it fell open to a page on switch boxes. It says an inexpensive switch box that uses a rotary switch can damage a laser printer's sensitive port. Hmm-- does that mean any rotary switch box, because that type is always inexpensive?? I have a Belkin SlimSwitch.

Ok, it also says that using a low quality cable of more than 10 feet can cause the printing to garble. Thus, for more than 10 feet, an IEEE-1284 cable should always be used. But, I've only ever seen IEEE-1284 cables. I think that's the only kind sold to the general public.

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