one printer two pc's - whats best hookup

I have 2 wifi pc's - and one hp6210 printer. I want to use either
pc to print.
dont want to go thru the hassle of setting up a network
the hp ''upgrade wirless'' is only for one pc one printer.
I checked with hp online chat - joke - dont know what country but
he tookso long between my questions i fig he was looking it up in his
dictionary LOL
bottom line - they have no solution but to network.

do they make a usb cable in 50foot lengths ????

or is there a max limit to length of cable. ???
figured i would get a usb switch.

any help guys ??
ted
:-)
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  1. Wireless print servers are not too expensive, and can use ad-hoc mode if you don't want a master node on wifi. Please use RSN (WPA2) with a non-dictionary passphrase (computer generated and very long preferablby).

    For example,
    http://www.dlink.com/products/?pid=313

    Almost (if not) all network product makers sell print servers of some kind.
  2. Support USB length is about 6 feet, but I've only seen problems start at 10. You're biggest problem is that most printers will give you problems if you connect them to receive jobs by more then on form; they tend to pick one and ignore the others. A network or wireless network is your best bet. Maybe connect the printer by a network cable to a wireless router.
  3. I have a D-Link 724-U wireless router and printer port. It works great and is an easy setup. The printer plugs into the router via USB and after running the driver becomes the default on each PC. I connect to the router via ethernet and the wife via wireless and it is the same performance and interface from each. I recommend it fully.
  4. Quote:
    I have a D-Link 724-U wireless router and printer port. It works great and is an easy setup. The printer plugs into the router via USB and after running the driver becomes the default on each PC. I connect to the router via ethernet and the wife via wireless and it is the same performance and interface from each. I recommend it fully.


    This is the network cable to wireless router I was talking about, this will probably fit your needs.
  5. The problem with USB print servers is that they are not a good fit for multifunction printers.
  6. true, unless it is only being used to print.
  7. Thanks guys - I ordered a usb switch and a 15' cable before I got back here. hahahaha
    I will look into the router thing.

    I probably should have made note that this is HOME stuff. so getting a
    print server etc is out of question just to run pc's in different rooms and have a central printer for both. not that i am cheap or anything LOL LOL

    I am already useing wifi for internet (clearwire) on both pc's

    if i send a fax - I do it at the printer (hp 6210) - not into scanning to the
    pc at this time so it just for printing - no dishwashing or anything hahahaha

    thanks
    ted
    :-)
  8. Quote:
    I am already useing wifi for internet (clearwire) on both pc's


    How is that set up? do you already have a wireless hub/roughter?
  9. there is the wifi unit from clearwire. their equipment
    ethernet to a linksys wireless g . my equip.
    3 pc's with wifi capability

    works great - now that they (clearwire) have obviously upgraded their
    bandwith handling capability - small town - oversold original capability LOL
    well... sort of lol..... I screemed bloody murder for a long time...hahaha

    OK... must also appologize to above answers - my misunder standing of the term print server.
    to me a print server was an IBM 365 in the back of the computer room
    with 6 line printers - ran 24/7 took 3 operators. one to load and handle
    the print jobs - one to unload finished and reload next paper requird and
    one to box and prep for distribution. :LOL:
    I been doing homework - step one of learning....
    seems like of the three i have checked linksys, belkin and d-link non have a lot of good feedback.... :-((

    the printer is HP 6210

    anything else u need to know ??
    ted
    :-)
  10. does that linksys wireless G have another ethernet port?
  11. has one input from the clearwire and 4 output ethernet s
    2 antennas
    :D
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    has one input from the clearwire and 4 output ethernet s
    2 antennas
    :D


    If your printer has a network port, you could connect it to your Linksys, and try to set it up.
  13. nope - power/transformer, phone/fax, usb/pc , pic bridge/camera usb but i run the camera direct to the pc.

    looks like will have to do the print server wifi thing
    just wish there were more positive feedbacks on them.
    the one above that was sugested is more of an all in one type (724)
    the d-link 1260 seems like the one to do
    belkin description is poor and linksys has mostly poor feedback for this
    usage.
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    nope


    Darn, unless you want to add a network card to the printer, the usb wireless print server is the best way for you to go.
  15. Quote:
    I checked with hp online chat - joke - dont know what country but
    he tookso long between my questions i fig he was looking it up in his
    dictionary LOL


    Besides language barriers, micro second time delays in transmitting electronic signals around the world etc etc, the girl/guy was multitasking, most likely carrying on several chat converstations at once. And the language barrier is a huge issue with the online chat techs. I suspect the most entry level techs, or those with severe accents, are the online chat techs. I skip the online chats unless I am seeking a specific answer which I am sure the tech can easily and quickly research and type the answer.
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