Home Networking Guide

Introduction Connecting Peripherals
Controlling Multiple Computers Direct Connection
Ethernet Phoneline Networking
Powerline Networking Wireless LAN
Comparison Mixing Different Networks
Connecting to the Internet Home Networking Books


Home Networking Guide : Connecting Peripherals

Peripherals such as keyboard, mouse, speaker, joystick, game pad, drawing pad, printer, and scanner are controlled and some also powered by a computer (PC). Mobile or portable devices such as mobile phone, PDA, camera, camcorder, MP3 player are often connected to a computer for synchronization or content transfer. To connect a peripheral or a device to a computer, you can use wired or wireless connection.

Wired connection is connection using a cable to available computer ports or connectors. The ports that are used for this purpose are :

serial (COM/RS-232), parallel (LPT), and PS/2 ports

Figure: Serial, parallel, and PS/2 ports

Serial port that follows RS-232 serial interface standard with DB-9 or DB-25 male connector. Serial port is also known as COM port.

Parallel port. A parallel interface with DB-25 female connector. Parallel port is also known as LPT or printer port.

PS/2 port. A 6-pin DIN connector for connecting mouse or keyboard.

cable connection
Figure: Connecting a printer using cable
Older printers connect through parallel port, newer through USB.

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