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    1 pritnter, 2 computers

    Hi,

    Our tiny office is shared by myself and my wife. Think of a "U" where my desk/PC is on one of the vertical lines, hers is on the other, and the wall connecting the two verticals has a countertop on top of cabinets with printers, etc. On that countertop, we have an HP Laserjet that has a parallel port and a USB port. My wife's PC is hooked up to the printer's USB port and the cable kind of snakes its way between the two and is out of the way.

    My PC, on the other hand, is hooked up to the printer's parallel port. The cable kind of cuts across about 5 or 6 feet of office space, cutting off direct access to a few cabinets (you have to step over or under the cable to get to those cabinets). The cable kind of goes on a straight line from the PC (laptop) on my desk to the printer sitting on a cabinet top in between my desk and my wife's.

    I'm looking for suggestions to connect my PC to the printer without having her PC on (ie, don't like the idea of her computer as a print server). Of course, I could get a longer parallel printer cable but that would only lessen the problem to some degree but it would still be in the way a little. Further, I'd prefer having my PC hooked up to the printer via the printer's USB port since that is faster.

    TIA

    Fred

    PS. We both run WIn XP Home SP2 on our PC's.

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    Re: 1 printer, 2 computers

    You don't appear to mention if the two PCs are networked. If so, you could use something like the D-Link DP-301U Print Server.

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    Re: 1 printer, 2 computers

    Leif,

    You're right - I didn't. And they're not - yet.

    We just installed DSL on the wife's PC - ethernet card to w'less router to phone line. We're shaking the bugs out of that (can't get Outlook Express to work and the DSL provider says it's not their problem). Once that's done, I'll get a w'less card for my laptop to access the DSL.

    I looked at the D-Link page for the 301U. Looks like it should fit. When I get the w'less card for access to the router, I'm guessing from your direction, we could get the print server, hook it up to the router, et voila. If I'm understanding correctly.

    Have you had any experience with this product or did you just happen to know about it? I see that it's available in numerous electronic stores in my area.

    Thanks.

    Fred

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    Re: 1 printer, 2 computers

    Once you are 'hooked up' to the router you should be able to share the printer and have access to it from your pc. If you are running XP, see Home and Small Office Networking with Windows XP for information on network setup.

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    Re: 1 printer, 2 computers

    thanks Joe.

    I looked at the page briefly. I assume that the networking is via the router to the hardware-based print server that Leif suggested, not a software-based print server in the wife's computer running under XP. The SW approach is what I'm trying to avoid so her computer does not have to be on.

    Fred

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    Re: 1 printer, 2 computers

    No specific knowledge of it - it just sounded like it would do what you wanted! From experience, D-Link stuff is pretty easy to set up.
    If space is a problem, you may even find they (or someone else) does a wireless router/print server combo.

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    Re: 1 printer, 2 computers

    Leif,

    I think I saw a w'less print server by D-Link on their web site. Now the problem is finding it from a provider. For example, the closest store to me carries the D-Link 311 but not the 301.

    Thanks for the insight.

    Fred

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    Re: 1 printer, 2 computers

    Hi Fred,

    Along with what the others said, it seems that wireless is the way to go if you want to avoid wires all together. Generally, I buy all my hardware online from a warehouse such as Newegg, i would give you a link to the actual product if my internet was working properly here today. i'm lucky i can connect to the forums! Anyway, these warehouses are (i think) the best places to find specific hardware, especially a nice selection of hardware. I find my local computer stores are very limited in terms of selection.

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    Re: 1 printer, 2 computers

    Thanks.

    That's the way I figured I'd be going. I am waiting for the wife to finish shaking out the DSL issues and then I'll go w'less for that. At that time, I can look into the print servers also.

    Fred

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