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    Brother MFC-8840D connect USB or 10Base-T

    I have the option to connect my new MFC via USB (2.0) or directly to the router. I can't find any recommendation from Brother about one over the other. They do say that USB is much better than parallel... That said, I currently have it connected vis USB, but cannot "configure device" via the computer it is connected to. Should I also plug in the Ethernet cable? Use Ethernet instead? Do I lose features that way? <img src=/S/confused.gif border=0 alt=confused width=15 height=20> <img src=/S/confused.gif border=0 alt=confused width=15 height=20>
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    Re: Brother MFC-8840D connect USB or 10Base-T

    Eric,

    >> That said, I currently have it connected vis USB, but cannot "configure device" via the computer it is connected to. <<

    Unless MFC's are getting smarter than they used to be, the only way to use all their features (which would include "configuring" them) is to have them directly connected to a single PC.

    >> Should I also plug in the Ethernet cable? Use Ethernet instead? Do I lose features that way?<<

    Generally, if you use an Ethernet connection (I assume you mean between the MFC and a router, hub, or the like), Printing will be the ONLY feature that all your PC's can use. If you have a network, your most-useful setup would be to leave the MFC with a direct connection to a single PC (USB should be fine) and Share it, so other PC's can print to it.

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    Re: Brother MFC-8840D connect USB or 10Base-T

    <hr>Unless MFC's are getting smarter than they used to be, the only way to use all their features (which would include "configuring" them) is to have them directly connected to a single PC.<hr>

    I guess they must be getting smarter then. My HP Photosmart 2610 does everything via its network interface. It does have USB, but I only use the NIC as I use it from multiple PCs.

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    Re: Brother MFC-8840D connect USB or 10Base-T

    StuartR,

    >>I guess they must be getting smarter then. My HP Photosmart 2610 does everything via its network interface. It does have USB, but I only use the NIC as I use it from multiple PCs.<<

    Copying? Scanning? Faxing? Somehow I thought the Photosmart's were just printers.

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    Re: Brother MFC-8840D connect USB or 10Base-T

    Absolutely - copying, faxing, scanning, access to configuration parameters...

    StuartR

    Edited to add and downloading of photos from the memory card slots on the front of the printer.
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    Re: Brother MFC-8840D connect USB or 10Base-T

    Thanks. I'll leave it USB for now (it works - so why break it!), but will experiment some boring afternoon to see if there is some advantage to using the NIC instead...
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    Re: Brother MFC-8840D connect USB or 10Base-T

    Besides the big advatnage of being able to easily share the printer to multiple computers on a network, I can't imagine what they would be. Sure a 100Mbits full duples network connection is a faster pipe, but printers are far too slow to be able to use that extra speed.

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    Re: Brother MFC-8840D connect USB or 10Base-T

    The number of USB ports on a PC is often limited, a network often has more spare connections.

    StuartR

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