Sharing a printer

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  1. nozoki

    nozoki Hail to the king, baby.

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    Is there a usb splitter that will let me hook 2 computer up to one printer? Or do I need to try to set up a home network? I have a laptop connecting to a wireless router and a desktop connecting through ethernet cable to the router. Both systems running XP Home
     
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    Share your printer, use the second printer to connect to the first computer/printer and save the trouble.
     
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    Yea put them both on the same domain or workgroup and just right click on that printer and share it
     
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    companies like linksys make usb print servers. MUCH better than windows file sharing. Don't have to have both machines on to print from machine 2. Only disadvantage is you can't share a multi-function unit (scanners).

    However, a company does make a 802.3 usb sharing device that does work with multi-function devices.
     
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    nozoki Hail to the king, baby.

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    Thanks for the info guys.
     
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    I actually have that one I posted. You load a soft switch that sits in the task tray and when you want to switch to print you right-click and choose "switch" and then you get control of the printer.

    I have it because my vpn fucks up my laptop so a printer server doesn't work, but that does every time.

    If you have the option to use a print server, get one and use that instead.
     

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