Communicating to the 28xx & 38xx Desktop printers via the USB port

Article ID: 84812726


Important: If you are using an LP2844 printer that is used for or supplied by a shipping vendor (i.e. UPS or FedEx for example) DO NOT try to load standard firmware or drivers from the Zebra Website. These printers are used exclusively with the shipping vendor's driver and label application. Read More>>


Topic or Information

Communicating via USB to the Zebra Desktop Printer

Applies To

LP2824, TLP2824
LP2844, TLP2844, TLP3842


This information is useful for:

  • USB cabling requirements
  • Printer USB driver setup

Important: Install the driver before connecting your printer to the PC. Use the latest version of the Driver if using the ZebraDesigner Driver from Read More>>

Failure to install the driver before connecting the printer may result in a Windows Unspecified Device Error Read More>>

USB Details

The printer supports USB 1.1 communications. Use of a 6ft or shorter cable is requied. See more details on USB communications. Read More>>

Once the driver is installed you can create a connection to the USB port. See details on setting up your printer for USB communications using the ZebraDesigner Driver Read More>>

If you are experiencing problems communicating to the printer you can try testing communications using the Zebra Setup Utility. Read More>>

To verify data is being received by the printer you can use the Hex Dump feature. Data should be in the form of the EPL printer language.  Hex Dump mode can be used to check the data being received by the printer Read More>>


+ Product Codes

  • 2824 Series Desktop Printers