Printer Port to phone line

April 21, 2009 at 08:21:04
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I am trying to connect a printer & parallel port or a RS232 Serial Port to a phone line. Any ideas?

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#1
April 21, 2009 at 08:57:09
To connect anything to the phone line you are going to need a MODEM.

If you are thinking to of connecting the priner directly to thephone line so as you use it as a remote printer I doubt very much if it will work as the printer wont have the necessary software to communicate with the MODEM.

Stuart


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#2
April 21, 2009 at 11:43:05
A 'phone line' as in connecting it to the phone system or do you mean just using a telephone cable to connect devices?

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#3
April 21, 2009 at 12:54:44
A "phone line" as to plug into the phone system to send data over the phone line.

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#4
April 21, 2009 at 13:01:08
I don't think your going to be able to do that. How far away is the printer from the computer?

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#5
April 21, 2009 at 13:37:31
We used to do that. I think Shiva modems can still do that.

Might be easier to set up a small print server at the other end. A small computer with a floppy based linux os (or any modern OS on a hard drive) with a modem and printer drivers.

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#6
April 21, 2009 at 16:12:19
Again, I'm not quite sure what you mean. Do you mean taking a phone cable/wire and connecting it from the PC to the wall socket where you plug your phone in? If so, you need a modem. If you mean connecting the PC to a some hardware like a printer, then maybe. Modular phone-like cables were used to connect peripherals but I'm not sure if they used regular 2 or 4-wire cables or if it was the RJ45 with 8 wires.

(Edit) Here's one that uses a regular phone cable (RJ11):

http://cgi.ebay.com/Printer-Sharing...


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#7
April 21, 2009 at 19:23:03
If I was going to do this, I'd just set up a dial-up server with a modem and have the printer plugged into the computer. Just my 2 cents.

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#8
April 22, 2009 at 07:51:31
Thanks everyone. It sounds like I need to track down a modem. And just for clarification, I am not hooking up a printer to the phone line, it is actually a scanner that is reads barcodes. The phone line is to transmit data to another location.

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#9
April 22, 2009 at 08:50:16
>> The phone line is to transmit data to another location. <<

Thats going to be even more difficult than hooking up a printer. You are almost certainly going to need a computer to connect to the MODEM and the scanner to the computer and use the computer to send the data.

You wont need a particularly powerful computer, a ten year old second hand Windows 98 machine would d be enough to send data over a dial-up MODEM.

The biggest problem would be making sure the scanner will work with the computer. A new scanner and an old computer may not be compatible.

Stuart


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