We have an used Zebra 105Se with only the Serial port on back (25 pin Serial connector). A couple of questions... do we need a null modem cable? or is there a means for using the dip switches (bank 1 and 2) to allow a standard modem cable to work?
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Do the labels come out right when you print locally? That is the first thing to see. Serial devices over a network are tricky. Baud rate and what to do with CR LF, stop bits, parity etc. need to be right.
a serial port is a 9 pin (DB-9) connector for serial communication (RS232) used by modems, mouse, etc... In older machines you had a DB-25 (25 pin connector) as well usually situated in the back of the computer near the printer port (DB-25 connector) but femail (25 holes insdead of 25 pins)
If the cable works on the Zebra it should work on the Datamax. It must be a RS232 serial null modem cable.Check the serial port settings and make sure the printer setting match the PC serial port settings. Baud Rate=________? Data Bits=________? Parity=_______?Stop Bits=________? Handshaking=____________?
The typical settings are Baud 9600,8,n,1 Xon/Xoff. Also make sure of the comm port being used. com1,com2......etc
What connector/interface does your PC has
9-pin or 25-pin connector
If it has 9-pin connector: use the following: DB-9 RS-232 Serial Connection or DB-25 RS-232 Serial Connection
If it has 25-pin connector: use the following: DB-25 Serial Connection or
DB-25 RS-232 Serial Connection
If you are configuring the computer to use an RS-422A serial port, you need a special cable. Contact the computer or printer network manufacturer to see if an RS-422A cable is available. If no cable is available, contact your computer manufacturer for your computer pin assignments and have a cable constructed.
The default configuration for the serial port on the printer is for RS-232C serial communication. To set the printer to use RS-422A serial communication, change the control panel Serial Menu’s SERIAL setting to SERIAL=RS-422.
if the data light comes on and nothing prints chances are that the serial settings are set improperly. all of my printers are 25 pin serial, not parallel. i don't have one in front of me but i believe the settings are 19200, 8, 1, none. hope this helps.
The serial port parameters are set from the front panel.
Hit the "Setup" button, then hit the "Next" button (many times) until you reach the Serial Port parameters. You'll be prompted for a password before you get there. The default is "1234", entered with the "Plus and Minus" buttons.
Use the "Plus" and "Minus" button to make changes.
When finished, use the "Exit" button. Select "Permanent" changes and hit the "Save" button.