ZM-Series Parallel Port Communications

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Description

Communicating to printer via Parallel Port connection

Applies To

ZM Series printers using the Parallel Port communications

Requirements

IEEE1284 compatible cable 
Host communicating via the Parallel Port 

Overview

Z-Series printers support parallel port communications as a standard option. Use of a IEEE1284 compatible cable is recommended to avoid communication issues.

Procedure

Normally a simple connection and host queue setup is all that is needed. If this does not function as expected ensure the following:

  • You are using an IEEE 1284 compatible cable and it does not exceed 10 feet in length. (6 ft recommended)
  • The LCD display menu item  PARALLEL COMM should be set to match your host capabilities. Read More>>  
    Note: Older host may required UNIDIRECTIONAL while modern systems use BIDIRECTIONAL.
  • Make sure you are sending ZPL or the printer will not respond. Use a hex dump to view printed data received Read More>>
  • The printer PROTOCOL Setting is set to NONE Read More>>
  • Try testing communications using the Zebra Setup Utility Read More>> 
    If using the utility is successful you will have to focus troubleshooting your queue setup.
 

Helpful Information

Download the Zebra Setup Utility Read More>>

Cancel Test to view current configuration parameters information details Read More>>

HEX dump for communication diagnostics information details Read More>>

Parallel port parameters information Read More>>