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Connecting Apple LaserWriter NT to a pc

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Hi.

I own an Apple Personal LaserWriter NT printer, and I successfully connected it to my pc using a a cable that converts from the DB-25 connector on the back of the printer to a serial connection in the pc.

Everything works fine (the printer prints ok) but the connection to the pc is slow as hell (9600 bps).

Is there a way around this? can i make the connection faster? do I need a different cable?


Thanks in advance.
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Your data transmission speed is limited to the serial conection on the PC. For best results use a network conneection. A serial connection is the slowest availible type of connection bar a slow irda link.
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Thanks duckers, but I already know that serial connection is very slow. I want to know what kind of hardware I need to connect the printer another way than serial.
BTW, I have a network at home, what kind of cables, or any other hardware I need to connect it?

Thanks.
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With that printer you are limited to serial or ethertalk. The fastest way of connecting is to convert your db25 to an rs422 connntor- this will make the fastest use of the serial connection. If that is what you are doing at the moment then you have optimised you system. The fastest you will ever get is 11500 bps. As you are aware printers have moved on somewhat since the ntII came out though it is a very historic beast.
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by:faur
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Ok, thanks anyway.

I hoped that maybe I can connect the printer in a faster way...
Anyway, I have a lan setup at home, can I connect the printer using some sort of print server or something, maybe that could make the printing faster?



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by:roseitsolutions
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Apparently there are a few specs for cables to connect the Laserwriter II NT to a PC.  I've got what apple told me and it's awfully slow (about an hour per page).  I'm looking for other cable specs and will post again when I find one that works.
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by:faur
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Yes, the connection through the serail port is very slow.
The bottle neck is in the printer, it accepts a maximum of 9,600 bps transimssion, any faster speed will cause the printer to lose sync.


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