Communicating to the ZPL compatible desktop printer via the serial, parallel, USB, or Zebranet Printserver interface

Article ID: 50705441


Topic or Information

Communicating with the Zebra Desktop printer via the serial, parallel, USB, or Zebranet Printserver interface.

Applies To

Zebra Desktop Printers using ZPL

2824 Plus
2844-Z Series


This information is useful for:

  • Checking port connections
  • Communicate RS232, USB, Parallel, or via a network  
  • Checking communication & parameters
  • Cabling and pin out requirements
  • Diagnosing data received by the printer

Symptoms resolved by this solution include 

  • Data light does not flash when print job is sent
  • Data light flashes but does not print or respond to label requests
  • Printing garbage, random misprints

The G-Series, LP/TLP2824 Plus, LP/TLP2844Z, TLP3844Z, R2844Z, & HC100 printers can be connected to a data source via the serial, parallel, or USB port.  In addition a ZebraNet PrintServer allows connection to an Ethernet network. 

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Additional Information

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+ Product Codes

  • 2824 Plus Series
  • 2824-Z Series
  • Desktop Printers
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  • G-Series GX Desktop Printers
  • GC420d Desktop Printer
  • GC420t Desktop Printer
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  • GX420t Desktop Printer
  • GX430d Desktop Printer
  • GX430t Desktop Printer
  • LP 2824 Plus Desktop Printer
  • TLP 2824Plus Desktop Printer
  • ZD410 Series
  • ZD410D
  • ZD420 Series
  • ZD420-HC
  • ZD420C
  • ZD500 Desktop Printer
  • ZD500 Desktop Printer
  • ZD500R RFID Printers
  • ZD500R RFID Printers