Make this my favourite v4 Retro-Printer Bundle (capture and convert centronics port data)

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Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, United Kingdom
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Description

Retro-Printer v4 Bundle

This is a pre-assembled v4 Retro-Printer Module Module from RWAP Software.

It consists of:

  • v4 Retro-Printer Module (Raspberry Pi HAT)
  • Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+
  • Official Raspberry Pi Power Supply
  • Retro-Printer Case
  • Pre-programmed Sandisk 16GB Micro-SD Card

Complete and set up - let us know when ordering which printer emulation you wish to be configured.

You just need the centronics cable (we have some available separately)

What is the Retro-Printer For?

The Retro-Printer module is a direct replacement for an old dot-matrix or inkjet printer.  The Retro-Printer connects to a standard centronics cable and captures plain text, Epson ESC/P2, PostScript and HP PCL printer data sent to the centronics port by a wide range of industrial equipment and vintage computers.

The captured data can be stored electronically, or used to connect a modern USB or network printer with these retro computers and vintage machines.

You can then connect modern printers to the Raspberry Pi for further printing, or access the captured data by connecting to the Raspberry Pi over ethernet or WiFi for further processing, or simple e-document storage.

Various configuration options currently allow you to:

  • Simply spool captured data to a file on the SD card or a USB memory stick (for example, this is ideal for logging systems)
  • Strip ESC/P and ESC/P2 codes (including graphics) from the captured data to extract the plain text
  • Create a PDF version of the original printer output (HP PCL, plain text, ESC/P and ESC/P2 printers) to create an electronic version of printed output
  • Print the PDF to a modern printer connected via USB or network*
  • Write your own software to control the three LEDs (currently used to show power, busy and online status).

* For printing the PDF you need a printer which is recognised by Linux CUPS.

More details appear on the Retro-Printer Module website. We would also recommend that you join in the discussions on the Retro-Printer Forums.

What You Need

  1. A centronics cable - the Retro-Printer connects via an industry standard centronics connector.

Optional Extras

  • USB-RTC Module to maintain the time and date on the Raspberry Pi when you turn it off (for where it is not connected to a network)

To add one or more optional extras, use Buy Now on each item but DO NOT pay.  Instead go to Items I've Won and request an invoice so we can combine shipping on these and any other bits you might want at the same time.

We welcome feedback and ideas for improvement of the software; and can work with customers to provide new conversion filters as required, dependent on your application and demand.

Will it Work With My Equipment?

Generally, the answer has to be YES.  The v4 module works with a wide range of equipment and our software continues to be improved to handle special cases.

To date, we have received feedback that the Retro-Printer has been used to successfully allow the following computers and equipment to capture and store or print output sent to the centronics port:

  • Acorn BBC Micro (B) Home Computer
  • AT&T Unix PC 7300 Computer
  • Atari 130XE, Atari 800XL and Atari ST Home Computers
  • Audio Precision ATS-1 (high-end audio measurement system)
  • Commodore Amiga A1200 Home Computer
  • Commodore C64 Home Computer with a W&T92000 serial to centronics adaptor
  • Door Entry Systems
  • Escon R50 Brake Testing Machine
  • FSA Spectrum analyser by Rohde & Schwarz
  • HP E4407 Spectrum Analyzer
  • Maguire Gravimetric Blenders (WSB series with old 6811 controllers)
  • Oric / Atmos Home Computer
  • Packard Cobra II Gamma Counter Model 5003
  • Rockwell Automation / Allen-Bradley PLC-5 with serial interface
  • Siemens CP-523 Serial module on a Siemens S5 PLC
  • Sinclair QL Home Computer with a Miracle Systems Centronics convertor
  • Strobe Data Products HAWK System (Data General Nova and Eclipse replacement)
  • Sun Workstation (set to output to a Postscript printer)
  • Sysmex CA-1500 Lab analyzer for blood co-agulation
  • Tandy TRS-80 Model 1 Computer and Model 102 Laptop
  • Teltek C60 Checkweigher
  • Zeiss Humphrey Automated Peripheral Visual Field Analyzer

I Only have an RS232 Port

We are developing a version of the Retro-Printer Module which will connect directly to an RS232 port.  In the meantime, contact us about this option.

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Item Location:
Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, United Kingdom
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  • Special Delivery : £10.20 For initial item, £0.48 Per additional item
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Seller: Rich Mellor t/as RWAP Software 3 Dale View Court Fulford, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, ST11 9BA, United Kingdom
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