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
Application or Utility Comment
Zebra Setup Utility Read More>>                                             This is a free Windows based utility that features a printer setup wizard for simple printer or network setup.  
ZebraNet Bridge  Read More>>                                  This is an enterprise application for network printer management but is free to use for configuring a network or locally connected printer
ZebraNet Print Server Webpage Read More>>                                The ZebraNet Print Server has a Webpage that is accessed from a browser when you enter the printer's IP Address. Printer configurations can be viewed and altered.
ZebraDesigner Driver Read More>>                                                                     If you are using the ZebraDesigner Driver there is a Printing Preferences section that allows you to configure your printer.

 

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>>.

Click here for general Zebra Printer Setup in a Windows Environment Read More>>
Click here for general Zebra Printer Setup in a Unix Environment Read More>>
Click here for AS400 communications information Read More>>

Serial Null Modem Cable Pinouts

 

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.


Click here for general Zebra Printer Setup in a Windows Environment Read More>>
Click here for general Zebra Printer Setup in a Unix Environment Read More>>
Click here for AS400 communications information Read More>>

Here are instructions for communicating from a PC to a printer using a DOS window...

Testing serial communication from the PC comm port.......

You can test the printer by using a DOS window and setting the comm parameters with the mode command.

Create a ZPL script in an editor (Wordpad or Notepad or any editor will do)
^XA^FO20,20^AG^FDTest Label^FS^XZ
Save the file..for example "test.txt"
- Assure printer is defaulted to 9600, no parity, 8 data bits and 1 stop bits.
- Open a DOS window
- From a DOS window, set the PC comm with the Mode command.
MODE COMx: 9600,N,8,1,P <ENTER> x = the comm port you are using
- Copy the test file to the com port by typing:
copy test.txt COMx: x = the com port you want the file to copy to.
- If you get a device fault error, you have the wrong cable or are attached to the wrong port.
- If the printer issues a label it is communicating.
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Testing parallel communications from a PC comm port.....

Create a ZPL script in an editor (Wordpad or Notepad or any editor will do)
^XA^FO20,20^AG^FDTest Label^FS^XZ
Save the file..for example "file.txt"
Copy the file to the LPT port where the printer is attached
- If you get an error, you have the wrong cable or are attached to the wrong port or the port is redirected.
- If the printer issues a label it is communicating.

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>>