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  • USB vs USB 2.0

    I need to get a printer and the one I'm looking at says USB 2.0 compatible. My computer has USB 1, so will the printer work? Or can I "upgrade" my USBness?

    Btw, I'm looking at a monochrome laser printer for very occasional use. Good idea? This one is about 80$ http://www.samsung.com/ca/consumer/d...XAA&fullspec=F

  • #2
    In my experience USB 2.0 is always backwards compatible.
    As it turns out, I was never banned. I was wrong yet again. First Obama, now this. :)

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    • #3
      I don't think speed of connectivity matters with printing unless you're one of those that grab each paper as it comes out of the printer and awaits for the next page as you complain how slow the printer is printing. You'll probably lose a few micro-seconds. You may get popup messages saying that you're hardware is not running at it's full capability but usually printing is not something you need to worry about. The speed of which the printer can print is much more important then the ability of your printer to cache the documents. That's just me.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by droht
        In my experience USB 2.0 is always backwards compatible.
        correct :smoke1:
        Time waits for no man.

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        • #5
          Well if the computer is USB 2.0 it can use USB 1 devices. A USB 2.0 device may not work with a computer with only a USB 1 input. You can get a PCI USB 2.0 card and upgrade that way. I would think a printer need not be USB 2 but in all depends on the electronics they placed inside it. Best to check the fine print.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Mep
            Well if the computer is USB 2.0 it can use USB 1 devices. A USB 2.0 device may not work with a computer with only a USB 1 input. You can get a PCI USB 2.0 card and upgrade that way. I would think a printer need not be USB 2 but in all depends on the electronics they placed inside it. Best to check the fine print.
            I think that you can use 2.0 devices with a computer that accepts 1.0... its just a speed thing. Its just slower.
            Time waits for no man.

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            • #7
              yes you can use 2.0 on USB 1.0 ports. I have been using a flash drive that is 2.0 on my old computer that only has USB 1.0. It's a lot slower but we're talking about transfer rate now instead of simple printing. The point is, it will work.

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              • #8
                Thanks fellas ! Any opinion on the supercheap laser printer itself?http://www.samsung.com/ca/consumer/d...XAA&fullspec=F

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                • #9
                  BTW, I have two computers, I assume I can set-up the printer to serve the two? Do I have to install the printer near the router?

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                  • #10
                    no network

                    That model does not appear to have any network capability. You would need to hook that up to one of the computers directly and share it to the other computer. The second computer would only print if the first one is turned on. The other option is to look for a small network print server, but then you would probably be better off picking a printer with that feature built in. There are so many options out there now.

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                    • #11
                      Oh crap.... After learning that most have had indoor plumbing for years, I just figured out there were differences in HDMI so I had to make sure my new HDMI cable was V1.3. NOW we have different USB speeds as well? Give a guy a break already. :dizzy:
                      John W.
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by quadman
                        Oh crap.... After learning that most have had indoor plumbing for years, I just figured out there were differences in HDMI so I had to make sure my new HDMI cable was V1.3. NOW we have different USB speeds as well? Give a guy a break already. :dizzy:
                        One more thing to deal with. :)

                        USB 3.0 is coming up with about 10 times faster speed than USB2.0
                        Ref1,Ref100,RS850,450,RSC200 Sig,ELT525M,MFW-15,UFW10,AVR987/X-amps,LMC-1/LPA1,SB3,P-3A,PS3,HDA3, Gizmo v1.0, SP3 MK II.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by django1
                          BTW, I have two computers, I assume I can set-up the printer to serve the two? Do I have to install the printer near the router?
                          You can perhaps use something like this too. :)

                          http://www.monoprice.com/products/pr...seq=1&format=2
                          Ref1,Ref100,RS850,450,RSC200 Sig,ELT525M,MFW-15,UFW10,AVR987/X-amps,LMC-1/LPA1,SB3,P-3A,PS3,HDA3, Gizmo v1.0, SP3 MK II.

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                          • #14
                            Thanks guys!

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by quadman
                              Oh crap.... After learning that most have had indoor plumbing for years, I just figured out there were differences in HDMI so I had to make sure my new HDMI cable was V1.3. NOW we have different USB speeds as well? Give a guy a break already. :dizzy:
                              Yep, and bluetooth is coming out with a new version as well.

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