3

I've got a USB printer (HP LaserJet 1018) connected to my Windows 7 desktop. I also have a USB infrared adapter (Actisys ACT-IR224UN-Li) which presents itself as a raw serial port, currently COM3.

What are my options to have Windows act as a print server listening on this virtual serial port, so that I can print from older devices that use raw SIR infrared?

None of these would be IRDA-capable devices. I would also need to be able to specify no hardware flow control on the port, as this adapter uses those lines to control the baud rate of the IR transceiver.

Most of the devices would be running MS-DOS, so there's definitely no LaserJet 1018 drivers nor bluetooth. RS-232 is an option, though, and they do have some form of "LaserJet" driver in most cases.

  • Ancient question, still relevant? If so, do the old devices have a printer driver for the 1018? Can you clarify the IR limitations (is making that communication work a part of the puzzle)? Have you ruled out alternate connections, like Bluetooth (via dongles if needed)? – fixer1234 Mar 29 '17 at 5:28
  • @fixer1234 Not a terribly pressing need anymore, but if there's a simple way to do it, that would be cool. Most of the devices would be running MS-DOS, so there's definitely no LaserJet 1018 drivers nor bluetooth. :) RS-232 is an option, though, and they do have some form of "LaserJet" driver in most cases. – db2 Mar 29 '17 at 12:51
  • Who knows, this might just tickle the interest of some users old enough to remember this stuff. I don't have high hopes for the IR connection, but there may be a solution to get the job done. I added the information from your comment to bump the question and see if we can put it to bed. :-) – fixer1234 Mar 29 '17 at 18:04
  • BTW, there is a beta site, retrocomputing.stackexchange.com. Some of this hardware might qualify and the site user base might be a good resource for this. – fixer1234 Apr 2 '17 at 1:35

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.