There are still peripheral devices such as certain types of printers, scanners and external hard drives that require a parallel connection despite the widespread use of the USB and Firewire connection standards. In case your desktop didn’t come with a parallel port or needs to have more of this type, you can always add one through an expansion card like NetMos 9805.
The NetMos 9805 PCI Parallel Port is based on the IEEE 1284 standard and connects to your motherboard through the PCI slot. Among other features, this driver update allows for compatibility with the Centronics printer interface and other 1284 operation modes such as Extended Capability Port (ECP) and Enhanced Parallel Port (EPP). The mode selection can be done through programming. The NetMos 9805 is known for its low power need and comparably high speed. Its data transfer rates can reach about 1.5 Mbps. The current version available here is 126.96.36.199 which was released last May 2, 2011. It is compatible with Windows 98, 2000, NT, and Windows XP.
Click here to get the latest driver for your NetMos 9805 PCI Parallel Ports.