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Parallel printers I am trying to find a way to hook up two parallel printers into a computer with only one port. The A/B switch does not work - one of the printers is a laserjet. Do they make a hub like they do for USB ports?

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Re: parallel printers

NO the only thing is a a/b switch but I know that you can get a gender changer from parallel port to usb port so if you get two of those and connect them to your USB hub they should work

Thanks J

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