View Full Version : b type usb cable

18-07-2010, 07:13 PM
recently acquired an old epson printer with a b-type usb connection.

our modem has the same connection so i assume we can use it as a print server of sorts(d-link 502T gen 2)??.

not sure if dick smith smith has the cable needed but gonna check on tuesday.

if not where can i get a cable from?


18-07-2010, 07:28 PM
What? All printers have a USB B cable.
The modem does not have a print server built in - that connector you see is an alternate means of connecting it to your PC (instead of ethernet). If it had a print server it would have the A type USB socket in it.

Speedy Gonzales
18-07-2010, 08:18 PM
You mean like the bottom one here ? (http://www.folcom.cz/img/USB_konektory.gif). I've got 2 of them here

18-07-2010, 09:58 PM
oh ok.

i could just get an A type to B type cable and connect it directly to the desktop, yeah?

18-07-2010, 10:06 PM
Err NO. Not if its a 502T.

If its the same as This modem/Router (http://www.dlink.co.nz/products/?pid=723) the USB connection is not a printer port, its as PCTek said,its a "alternate means of connecting it to your PC (instead of Ethernet)" Picture from Manual (http://www.imagef1.net.nz/files/Dlink.jpg) tells you what each port does.

An Example (http://www.dlink.co.nz/products/?pid=787) of a router with a printer port -- Look in the description on the right or its Manual Picture (http://www.imagef1.net.nz/files/Dlink2.jpg)

18-07-2010, 10:14 PM
i mean connect the printer TO the desktop with the usb cable

18-07-2010, 10:16 PM
If its only to the printer>PC then yeah a A-B standard printer cable as speedy linked the picture A one end, B the other.

As where to get one, lots of places have them, any computer shop "should" or even places like the warehouse have them.

18-07-2010, 10:19 PM
yea thats the one.

i think dick smith had one for $20.

cheers guys

18-07-2010, 10:29 PM
$20 for a 1mtr A-B cable - HOLY F**K :eek: are they joking or what - RIP OFF

18-07-2010, 10:31 PM
hang on i'll check again



i got an account with elive.co.nz and found one for half price
or this one

18-07-2010, 10:47 PM

18-07-2010, 10:51 PM

but the shipping is $10, it'll be cheaper from elive, they got free shipping

19-07-2010, 07:46 AM
try cables direct here (http://www.cablesdirect.co.nz/)

19-07-2010, 08:48 AM
Thanks Gary
Will cancel order from Elive and get it from there

Can't believe they are so cheap!


19-07-2010, 09:59 AM
$20 for a 1mtr A-B cable - HOLY F**K :eek: are they joking or what - RIP OFF

LOL, all their cables are excessively priced.

19-07-2010, 11:16 PM
update: my dad said he could get one from where his work buys their cables from(some place in taranaki st).

roughly $5 inc gst. he's gonna get it on friday.

20-07-2010, 12:42 AM
If you do want to network your printer, there are devices which will allow you to do that (http://pricespy.co.nz/category.php?k=474)

If those are too expensive, try Trademe or maybe even eBay

20-07-2010, 12:47 AM
i may look at doing that in the future, thanks though.

after i buy a new router/modem that doesn't drop connection(that one chill reccomended, netcomm??)
anyway thats another issue.

if this works then a print server setup could be on the cards.

20-07-2010, 07:50 AM
I uses a Linksys psus4 switch print server neat little box that sits n my desk with 4 RJ45 ports and a USB. It works with 64bit win7 too