[NSLUG] Re: Home router advice? (USB->Centronics print service)
mspencer at tallships.ca
Sat Jan 6 19:01:56 AST 2007
me> Has anyone used a cable with a USB plug on one end and a
me> Centronics plug on the other to connect such a USB port on a
me> router printserver to a Centronics port on a printer?
Rich> I couldn't find a detailed specs on the connector, but it must
Rich> be an amazing little piece of circuitry. Do you know if the
Rich> connector has any special drivers needed?
On the one hand, it comes in a blister pack with no CD so apparently
not. OTOH, the Store Guru claimed 50% failure to make one work with
Windoes printer drivers.
Rich> If it doesn't, that may mean the connector handles all the
Rich> interfacing and buffering needed. Which is pretty cool. :)
Rich> If that is the case, it should work fine with the USB port.
Yes, "If that is the case, then...", right. I've mucked about with
pin-outs for older plugs but I have no clue how USB works.
> This would be interesting - one of my friends may know. He loves ripping
> things apart and modifying stuff. :)
So send him email. Illumination awaited. :-)
Rich> What was the model of the D-Link you had - was it the DP-300U ?
DI-713P: 3 x cable connections, WAN, parallel (print server), serial
(optional modem connection) and wireless with DHCP in the router.
Reset button and blinkenlights. Oddly, no on/off switch.
> Are you looking to get a larger router w/print server?
Larger? No. Three or four cable connections, wireless and cabled print
server are all I presently need. Cable/DSL won't be an option for the
foreseeable future and serial modem connection through the router
isn't desirable because it doesn't provide adequate control or
Another, more clueful Other-Store Guru is trying to find some info
that will convince me to buy the hardware but no word yet.
This hardware stuff is mind-numbingly boring when you don't know
enough to talk to the hardware at the C or assembler level. CP/M was
so much more satisfying. I even had a complete circuit diagram for my
Osbornes I. :-)  But once I get the router sorted, I have a nice little
problem with a shared memory error while trying to get ZoneMinder
to control a Sony cam under Slackware. Gak!
 Osbornes I: Plural like mothers-in-law or notaries
public. Osborne Is is lexically confusing. :-)
Michael Spencer Nova Scotia, Canada .~.
mspencer at tallships.ca /( )\
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