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Printer to pc via ethernet cable only

With just a printer and an ethernet cable, can this be used to print without internet, modem, etc. just like using an USB to printer?
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    in theory yes but it really depends on the programmability of the printer

    but you most likely need a crossover network cable
  2. Thanks for your reply. I have a very nice HP color laser printer. It is already connected to two computers via a switcher. There is an ethernet opening on the back. I was hoping to use that to occasionally print using my laptop. I was hoping to not have to use my home network. It this possible? You indicated that perhaps it is and I would need a crossover network cable. Would you elaborate a bit more. Thanks!
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