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For Epson 7800 and 9800 Large Format Printers

The Epson 9800/7800 large format printers supports several different interfaces for connecting your printer to your computer. The type of connection you should use depends on your environment. If you don't plan on setting your printer up on the network then USB 2.0 is the recommended connection. (How do I determine if I have a USB 2.0 compatible computer?)If you do plan on networking your printer then a Ethernet Card is required.

In most cases, the difference in speed between USB, Firewire and Ethernet is negligible since the print engine is typically the bottleneck. These connections send the data to the printer faster then it can process it.

Below are a comparison of the various different types of printer interface connections supported by the Epson 7800 and 9800 large format printers.

Printer Connections Supported Standard on Epson 7800 & 9800? Performance Recommendation Installation Requirements Example
USB 2.0 Standard Offers good performance and is suitable for most wide-format print jobs. Standard connection with Printer. No installation required.
Epson 7600 USB Port
USB Port
Firewire (IEEE 1394) Standard Anecdotal evidence from user suggests print speed is similar to the USB 2.0. Unlike the previous 7600/9600 printers, the firewire is standard in the 7800/9800 models.

Firewire Connection for Epson 7600/9600

Firewire Card

10/100 base/T Ethernet cards Optional Ethernet card supports both 10 and 100 mbs network connections. Ensure your network is running at 100mbs to ensure best performance when printing. Like the firewire card, the ethernet card fits into the expansion slot and screws into the base for installation.

Epson 7600 Ethernet Card

Ethernet Card

How do I determine if USB 2.0 controller is available?

In windows 2000 or windows XP, the easiest way to determine whether or not your computer has USB 2.0 is to load up your Device Manager. The device manager can be loaded through the control panel -> System -> Device Manager Tab.

Once the device manager has loaded expand the Universal Serial Bus Controllers section and check for a controller that has either 2.0 or enhanced in its name: