Communication Cable Pinouts
|The Zebra Desktop Printers can be connected to a data source via the serial or parallel port or USB. In addition a ZebraNet print server allows connection to an Ethernet network in place of the parallel interface. Zebra offers utilities that will allow communications and the ability to configure the printer.|
|Utilities and Drivers
|USB - The printer is a terminal device when using a universal
serial bus interface. You can refer to the Universal Serial Bus Specification
for details regarding this interface.
Important - When using USB connectivity load the printer driver on your PC before plugging in and powering on the printer.
Serial Communications - The LP/TLP2844-Z and TLP3844-Z has a 9 pin serial port that can be used to communicate serial data to the printer. The cable between a typical PC comm port and the Zebra printer is a NULL Modem cable. (Note: The non-Z printers such as the LP2844 are EPL only and require a straight through cable.)
This cable pinout is shown in the following diagram. You must assure the communications settings are matched between the host and the printer for proper communications. By default the printer is set to 9600 baud, 8 bits per character, no parity, 1 stop bit, and XON/XOFF. Use the ^SC command to change this if needed. Read More>>.
here for general Zebra Printer Setup in a Windows Environment
Parallel Communications - You can communicate via the parallel port (LPT ) using an IEEE1284 parallel cable. The PC parallel port settings should be set to AT Standard or other unidirectional settings. Avoid ECP or EPP enhanced settings. These can be typically viewed or changed as you boot up the PC. There are usually text instructions on the screen when you turn the PC on that describe how to enter the setup mode where you can alter port settings if necessary.
Note: If you experience issues where a print jobs fail to complete and after cycling power the job starts from the beginning try increasing the Window LPT port timeout. This is under Properties for the LPT port. Default is typically 90 and the suggested increase is to set it to 190.
Here are instructions for communicating from a PC to a printer using a DOS window...
Testing serial communication from the PC comm
Testing USB communications from a PC....
Create a ZPL script as described above.
Follow instructions for sharing the USB port as described in the following link: Read More>>