Parallel Port Via m.2

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09 Nov 2019 19:10 #150001 by Penguin
Hi everyone! I'm new to the forum and have a scenario I'm hoping someone here can help me with.

I'm in the design stage of my build. I'm looking for a small form factor passively cooled PC. One solution is the ASRock J4005B-ITX . It's the smallest board I've found with an onboard parallel port.

Mini-ITX is decently small, but if possible, I'd like something even smaller. Intel's NUC looks like a decent solution here and they're available with m.2 PCIe slots. Are there any known issues with connecting one of these to an m.2 slot and then plugging a PCI to parallel card into that? From my understanding, it shouldn't make a difference, but I wanted to get a second opinion before pulling the trigger.

I'll also mention that I intend to use a Gecko G540 with that parallel connection. I've seen that it's also possible to use a Mesa board and interface with LinuxCNC via RJ45, but I haven't really explored that option.

Feedback would be much appreciated, thanks.

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09 Nov 2019 21:52 #150019 by tommylight
Replied by tommylight on topic Parallel Port Via m.2
Dear Penguin,
This is the Batman !
:)
Intel NUC is quite expensive so do not bother with adapters, just get the Mesa 7i92 and be done with it.
It might also not work (M.2 to parallel) as most new ones are software mode, not hardware ports.

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09 Nov 2019 23:39 #150031 by Penguin
Replied by Penguin on topic Parallel Port Via m.2
Thanks for the input Tommy. :)

I went with the Mesa 7i92H as the Mesa 7i92M was out of stock. After a bit of reading Ethernet looks like the best option.
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