Introduced in 1970, unidirectional Centronics parallel quickly became the industry standard interface for many types of printers and other computer peripherals because of its faster transfer speed and versatility compared to serial communication. In 1994, the IEEE 1284 standard was introduced for bidirectional parallel, resulting in faster throughput and increasing the amount of control that software could have over a device connected to the LPT port. Parallel’s attractiveness to the printer industry during this time was mostly attributable to its increased speed, easy installation, and ability of handling large amounts of data like graphics without concern for lost data or buffer overflow.

Today, parallel communication is being steadily phased out to USB or Ethernet as most computers no longer ship with a parallel port unless specially ordered.

How to Connect
        Star Printer-Side                                                                        Terminal-Side
          Star Parallel Cable (Printer-Side) 

Why Use a Star Micronics Parallel Printer?

 Simple installation
Fast print speeds for both text and graphical data
Couponing and receipt branding solutions available
Compatibility with industry-accepted standards for easy replacement of older printers
High reliability figures


Wi-Fi / Wireless LAN | Bluetooth | Ethernet | USB | PoweredUSB | Serial | Virtual Port | Parallel