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Multiple computers, multiple printers

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February 11, 2006 1:27:26 PM

What is the cheapest, best way to link two computers with two printers?

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February 11, 2006 8:32:51 PM

What do you want to do with them????

Network 'em. Heck just get a crossover cable... Can probably get one for under $5. Try ebay or something.
February 11, 2006 8:38:48 PM

I have a home computer, a work computer, a regular ink jet printer, and a large format printer. I want to be able to print from either computer to either printer. I have used a switch box in the past. Will a crossover cable do the same thing?
February 11, 2006 8:46:51 PM

You can just network the 2 computers, then share the printers on the network. That way either computer will be able to print to either printer.

Crossover cable is basically a network cable that bypasses the need for a hub or switch. You would still need ethernet ports on both computers.

If you have a router, you can easily do this, as a router is a switch as well (usually).

If you're already networked, just open Control Panel->Printers then right-click on the printer and select Sharing... It should lead you through it. Then on the other computer, you Add a Printer that is on the network, then search for that printer you just shared.

Keep in mind that this way, whichever printer you want to print to will have to have its computer powered on (otherwise theres no way for the printer to respond to your request)

Another option is to get print servers, which allow you to attach your printer to your network. This way you can separate the printers from the computers and theres no computer-must-be-on-to-print restriction.
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