TP-Link Archer AC1750 router has USB ports and firmware settings for Printer Share.  I purchased a USB to Centronics for my HP4000 Laserjet hoping to make it shareable.  The UGREEN USB to IEEE1284 CN36 Parallel Printer Adapter Cable for Printer, Inkjet, Laser etc (6FT)  has a Prolific chipset.  TP-Link instructions reference the need to download and install their driver utility which I did on a Windows 7 machine.  The TP-Link driver utility identifies the HP4000 as "Fax" and does not successfully do a Printer Test.

I connected via USB the USB to Centronics to another computer and I can print fine.  Bottom line, I would like to share the HP4000 on our TP-Link AC1750.
Lance McGrewRETIREDAsked:
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
I think you are telling us that the USB to Centronics arrangement does not print on the first computer but DOES print on the second computer. That is was its says above. Was the second computer wireless or just USB?

If you try the above using Ethernet, does it work?

I have only used Centonics by a USB connection and I do not think Centronics supports TCP/IP (hence my question above about Ethernet)
The USB to Centronics cable would normally be plugged into a PC. Is that what you meant when you said you "connected via USB the USB to Centronics to another computer"?

I'd be surprised if the TPLink actually supported those cables. The USB port on the router is normally used to connect directly to a printer, not via an adapter.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
What you can do (I have done it) is get a printer server (HP 300) Centronix on one side and Ethernet on the other. Look also for a wireless printer server box.
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Both wired and wireless Centronics print servers are available from a number of manufacturers. With a printer like the LJ4000, all of them should work just fine.

Try Amazon or google "centronics print server".
Dr. KlahnPrincipal Software EngineerCommented:
I agree with the above.  It'll be far easier to

a) find a JetDirect EIO network card for your printer (about $19 used on fleabay)

b) find an IEEE-1284 / Centronics print server on fleabay

than to try to make the equipment you've got work together.  You might as well go with the actual HP EIO card; that's both cheap and the path of least resistance.  And if you're really lucky, your Laserjet 4000 already has the EIO network card installed.

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Lance McGrewRETIREDAuthor Commented:
Long ago, my printer had a JetDirect Card that finally died. Last time I searched the prices were more like $100 so I abandoned the idea.  Dr. Klahn thank you for finding and providing a link to eBay.  I have already purchased the card.  This will be the best solution anyway.
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