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Posted on Saturday, June 30, 2001 - 10:39 pm:   

What is the best way to hook up this printer? I want to go through a surge protector. Do I go from the phone line to the surge, then to the 9200c, and then to the CPU? I'm using a USB cable if that helps. This machine has stand alone fax/copier ability and the manual isn't real clear. Please help.
Brent Hughes (Brenthughes)
Posted on Sunday, July 1, 2001 - 4:45 pm:   

I've not heard of a printer that uses a phone line unless you are refering to Cat 5 on an RJ45 connector. That looks like a phone line connector but is used for network and high speed modem connections. The two however are a different configuration and size and are not compatible.

So my comments here relate only to the phone and modem filtering.

In anycase most surge protectors that have filtering for phone lines have an in and an out. So logic says look to the direction of the signal flow. The route, for a phone or dial up modem, is from the phone wall socket to the surge protector to the PC or telephone device. Surges down the phone line are then filtered out before they reach the modem or the telephone.

The USB connection is the actual data route from the PC to the printer. USB carries bi-directional data and a modest power feed used to power up some devices such as cameras and memory card readers.

I would think that only one of these types of connectors would be used at any one time and really don't see how two would be used. However if there is a reason please let me know. Never too old to learn new tricks.
Posted on Sunday, July 1, 2001 - 6:00 pm:   

Thanks for the info. I'll try the book's direction and see what happens. Looking at it again, it looks as if the phone line would go from the surge protector to the printer. The USB would go from the CPU to the printer.
Posted on Sunday, July 1, 2001 - 6:04 pm:   

I apologize-- the Brother 9200c is a multifunction machine--printer, fax, copier, scanner, and PC fax, hence the need for the phone line to the machine.
Brent Hughes (Brenthughes)
Posted on Monday, July 2, 2001 - 4:04 pm:   

Yes indeed the surge protector should fill a role in that configuration. Be advised that surge protectors are not the panecea for full protection that many think they are. Surges are extremely fast bursts of energy and can easly get through some if not all surge protectors. If you feel you must use one then choose one that offers some form of insurance along with the device. The off the shelf $14.00 variety won't cut it. Look for MOV protection devices for AC surge and a fuse for DC ( can also be a resetable breaker ).
Your telephone line carries mainly DC but can be a conduit for AC as well expecially in the event of an electrical storm.

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