How to share printers?

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by Mubbers, Apr 30, 2004.

  1. Mubbers

    Mubbers Shoot! Political User

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    Presently I have a wireless network through a DLink 604+ router/dsl modem. My printers are currently hooked up to the desktop PC with my laptop only able to access them when the desktop is on.

    Is there anyway I can rig up the printers so they are available to either machine independently? I.e. when the desktop is off the laptop can print and vice versa??

    Help appreciated :)
     
  2. ming

    ming OSNN Advanced

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    You'll need a hub to connect the parallel/usb cables to both machines.
    Or, if you're lucky enough to have purchased a printer with ethernet connection, you may be able to connect it via the network. :)
     
  3. Henyman

    Henyman Secret Goat Fetish Political User

  4. Admiral Michael

    Admiral Michael Michaelsoft Systems CEO Folding Team

    Ya, a wired or wireless print server is basically the only way to go. I have a DLINK DP101P+ Print Server and it rocks, only 10MBps but was free from a friend :) so I cant complain.
     
  5. toretto

    toretto Mentally Absent

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    print server indeed, just hook it to the router.