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GWC Model AP1305-BG USB to Parallel Cable (Bi-Directional) - OEM

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  • 2 Connector Number
  • White

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Learn more about the GWC Technology Inc. AP1305-BG

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Brand
GWC
Model
AP1305-BG
Type
USB to Parallel
Color
White

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Connector Number
2

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Features
Allows any PC equipped with a USB port to print to any parallel printer.

Fully compliant with specification of USB Revision 1.1

IEEE 1284 Interface Supports Bi-Directional Communication

Supports suspend / normal power management modes

Supports Plug & Play specification

Easy Installation

Eliminate Manual or Automatic Parallel Switch boxes
Warranty, Returns, And Additional Information
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year
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  • Edward M.
  • 11/14/2015 12:16:46 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsCorrection to review

Pros: The connection to my Wheelwriter is still stable and working fine.

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: I mentioned in my previous review that the manual was missing. This was not the case; My mistake - I found it when I was tearing the box down for recycling. It was under the cardboard inserts.

There was no driver CD, but that's ok as it wasn't needed.

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  • Edward M.
  • 11/11/2015 10:53:37 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsWorks well with Win 7 64 bit and an old IBM Wheelwriter

Pros: As far as the drivers for the cable/plug are concerned, it was plug and play. Inexpensive.

Cons: The Newegg pictures showed that a manual and driver CD should have come with it, but all I got was the cable in a plain cardboard box.

Fortunately, I didn't need the driver CD. A manual would have been nice for configuring it, but I was able to figure it out with very little effort. I took one egg off for inaccurate advertising.

Other Thoughts: I needed this cable because I acquired a reconditioned IBM Lexmark Wheelwriter 1500 typewriter with the "printer option" installed which uses a Centronic parallel interface. This printer will be used as a hardcopy console printer.

Basically all that was needed to get it up and running to print unformatted text was to manually add a new printer, and in its Printer Properties, select the "Generic / Text Only" printer driver and select the USB001 printer port.

The "Enable bi-directional support" checkbox was unchecked and grayed-out so that wasn't an issue for me that others had to contend with.

For those of you that need to print to this printer from an old DOS program or from a running bat file (both of which need LPT1), here is some additional useful information: In Printer Properties, share the printer. Then map the printer to LPT1 with the "NET USE LPT1: \\computername\printername /PERSISTENT:YES" DOS command. Then select the "Spool print documents so program finishes printing faster" option, not the "Print directly to the printer" option; using the latter causes the LPT1 redirect to fail.

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  • Thomas H.
  • 6/3/2014 2:10:14 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsCentronics type connector

Pros: Just make sure you understand that this adapts to a Centronics style printer connector; that's a rather old style connector that is NOT a pin type.

Cons: See above to make sure you order the right adaptor.

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  • Joel G.
  • 10/4/2013 1:24:45 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDidn't work.

Pros: Nice quality box it came in.

Cons: Didn't work on my XP on Mac via VMware. Most USB converters are recognized and ask me to expose it to XP or OSX. This one did neither. Email to support remains unanswered,

Other Thoughts: On to try another one. $15 down the tube.

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  • Ladislav S.
  • 4/30/2013 6:25:33 AM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Works well in Ubuntu.

Cons: none

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  • Gian B.
  • 3/18/2013 8:22:36 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks Great

Pros: Easy install, Works great, Excellent value.

Cons: No bi-directional communication to printer.
(Just disable it in the options)

Other Thoughts: Works great with my old Canon BJC-80 printer, which lets me refill ink to my hearts content. New printers are a spendy joke.

(Just remember to disable bi-directional communication in printer setup. If you don't, your printer may take several minutes to actually start printing. Once it is disabled, printing starts instantly.)

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  • Ryan H.
  • 12/16/2012 8:52:22 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Fixes all the recognition issues I was having with the previous 36-25 cable.

Cons: Nothing yet after three weeks.

Other Thoughts: Bacon ice cream...

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  • Hoyt P.
  • 11/30/2012 1:11:46 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsPrinter delay SOLVED!

Pros: A correction for the following review:

Disable the bidirectional printing: Printer Properties->Advanced Options->Disable bidirectional printing.

Cons: None now

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  • Hoyt P.
  • 11/30/2012 12:04:47 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsPrinter delay FIXED!!

Pros: Disable the bidirectional printing: Printer Properties->Advanced Options->Disable bidirectional printing.

Cons: None

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  • Hoyt P.
  • 11/30/2012 10:16:47 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSolution to printer delay

Pros: From Fixya.com:
"I'M USING MY BJC 80 ON A PACKARD BELL M35-U-57, VISTA HOME BASIC. CONNECTED THE PRINTER WITH A GENERIC USB-PARALELL CABLE, NO DRIVER. FIRST HAD THOSE 5 TO 7 MINUTES DELAYS FOR PRINTING. WENT TO THE PRINTERS "PROPERTIES", "ADVANCED OPTIONS" AND TICKED "PRINT DIRECTLY", IN THE "PORTS" SECTION I DISABLED "BIDERECTIONAL PORT". IT'S WORKING SWEET. NO MATTER THE QUALITY."

I disabled the bidirectional port and it worked properly with no delays. Did not try the "print directly" option. Thanks to Fixya.com!

Cons: None

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