What cable for Scansnap ix500 connection to USB-C

Dear Gang,

I have a ScanSnap ix500. I am trying to connect it to my M2 MBP, but there are no USB ports. What kind of cable or adapters have any of you adopted. It’s a USB-A I guess on the Scansnap (Resembles like a Firewire port) bulky one. Just trying to see how I can get it to connect to USB-C

Any suggestions please.

I do not have one of these devices. However, looking at the pictures on the Ricoh website, perhaps this type of cable:

https://www.amazon.com/Cable-Matters-Type-C-USB-C-Black/dp/B00UXKTJE0/ref=asc_df_B00UXKTJE0?tag=bngsmtphsnus-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=79852149837934&hvnetw=s&hvqmt=e&hvbmt=be&hvdev=m&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=&hvtargid=pla-4583451676435204&psc=1 .

I’m guessing that this is the port in question:

ix500mg05 copy


I keep a couple of usb-a to usb-c adapters handy for situations like this


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Just a reminder that you have the option of setting up a wireless connection between your MBP and the ix500. I have the same scanner but have never used this option, so I’m unable to attest to it’s efficiency.

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I second @MevetS suggestion of getting a USB-C (male) to USB-B („Superspeed“ or USB3) cable.

Adapters are handy when you don‘t know what peripheral device you may want to connect to - or those with fixed cables. Otherwise, a cable with correct plugs on both ends is less fiddly and works more reliably than an adapter.


Port on the back is female USB-B. The ix500 comes with a USB-B to USB-A cable. If you still have the cable, try a USB-A to USB-C adapter. Or pick up a USB-B to USB-C cable.

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Thanks @SpivR Money saved id money earned. Ordered it. Thanks to everyone who provided the inputs. This group never leaves you hanging. The best place!!!

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