105SL Communications Interfacing

(Parallel; 25 Pin Serial; 9 Pin Serial "FM")

Host or PC connections to a Zebra Printer are made via the Serial RS232 interface or optional Parallel Interface. The parallel port also supports an optional Ethernet interface (ZebraNet) for network communications. In all applications the data transmitted from the host to the Zebra printer must be in the form of ZPL for the printer to respond. The ZPL source can be text files written in ZPL or program generated from an application, driver or Zebra compatible label software such as Bar One.

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Parallel Communications

A standard 36-pin Centronics Parallel Interface Connector is available if the printer has the parallel port option. The parallel interface receives data from the data source but cannot send back printer status information over this port. To avoid data error conditions, the parallel cable should not exceed 10 feet in length and should meet the IEEE 1284 standard.

Note: The PC parallel port settings must be set to AT Standard or other non-enhanced mode. If set to ECP or EPP you may experience data loss or be unable to get a printer response. You can typically view the settings by interrupting the PC during boot-up. Look for a message that briefly displays at boot-up telling you to press a key to enter set up mode.

 

RS232 Interfacing - Serial Numbers up to 6400356 (25 Pin Serial Port)

The cable used in serial applications must be a NULL Modem cable. A common term for a NULL Modem cable is "Printer Cable" A standard modem cable can be used if a NULL Modem adapter is attached to the standard cable.

 

If you are making your own cable use the following cable pin out.

Once attached the serial communications parameters must be set to match the host device. This is done via the LCD Display menu items, BAUD, DATA BITS, PARITY, STOP BITS, HOST HANDSHAKE and PROTOCOL.  

RS232 Interfacing - Serial Numbers 6400357 and above (9 Pin Serial Port)

The cable used in serial applications must be a NULL Modem cable. A common term for a NULL Modem cable is "Printer Cable" A standard modem cable can be used if a NULL Modem adapter is attached to the standard cable.

 

If you are making your own cable use the following cable pin out.



Once attached the serial communications parameters must be set to match the host device. This is done via the LCD Display menu items, BAUD, DATA BITS, PARITY, STOP BITS, HOST HANDSHAKE and PROTOCOL.