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Question #: 14197

Question: can i use a usb to parallel port adapter to connect breakout board to computer? (using mach 3)

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Unfortunately no. The parallel port allows for digital signals to be output from 17 pins simultaneously (in parallel). Parallel port adapters tries to achieve this by receiving instructions in a two wire (USB) data signal and convert that to 17 disparate signals. This type of data transmission is too slow for the drivers of a CNC machine or router.

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