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Pato
17-09-2009, 02:36 PM
What type of switch do I need to get to automatically enable sharing a USB printer. There is plenty of advice on Google but it is confusing my old brain so I need some simple advice please.

Blam
17-09-2009, 02:55 PM
Assuming you have XP
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/networking/expert/honeycutt_july2.mspx

Blam

FIAT LUX
17-09-2009, 03:12 PM
What type of switch do I need to get to automatically enable sharing a USB printer. There is plenty of advice on Google but it is confusing my old brain so I need some simple advice please.

The USB sharing devices I've seen require the user to press a button on the USB switch when wanting to print from specific a computer (it is possible that you can get one that will switch automatically - don't know)...

Else if printer and it's driver is compatible you can put it on "the network" via a "1-Port Print Server (http://www.trendnet.com/products/proddetail.asp?prod=130_TE100-P1U&cat=46)" (more printer servers (http://www.trendnet.com/products/products.asp?cat=46)) or a router with built in "USB printer server" .
However , if choosing net-work-printer-server then get the seller to warrent that it will function with your printer because it often doesn't work as it should if not completely and certified compatible.

Pato
17-09-2009, 03:23 PM
The USB sharing devices I've seen require the user to press a button on the USB switch when wanting to print from specific a computer (it is possible that you can get one that will switch automatically - don't know)...

Thanks. I guess pushing a button wouldn't be too much hassle but I thought there may be something available that would switch automatically.
Your other suggestion looks promising but perhaps not available in NZ.

FIAT LUX
17-09-2009, 03:54 PM
Your other suggestion looks promising but perhaps not available in NZ.

No - perhaps not - but it was mostly meant as examples of what you could look for .

The USB switch is probably your safest bet , N.Z. product example (including hot-key function) :
http://www.nzoczone.com/product_info.php?manufacturers_id=&products_id=41309

However if the network device can get to work it's a nice thing (but like written : often does not work as good as intended or promised , N.Z. general product examples :

http://www.nzoczone.com/product_info.php?cPath=58_59&products_id=24028

http://www.nzoczone.com/product_info.php?cPath=58_59&products_id=24029

Blam
17-09-2009, 03:58 PM
Ah. Now I understand what you are asking!

In that case I recommend any of these routers, which have a built in USB port for connecting printers:

WL-520GU
RT-N16
WL600g(All in one)

Or, you can get something such as the Belkin network hub or just a standalone print server, such as the ones in the post above mine.

Blam

Pato
17-09-2009, 04:00 PM
No - perhaps not - but it was mostly meant as examples of what you could look for .

The USB switch is probably your safest bet , N.Z. product example (including hot-key function) :
http://www.nzoczone.com/product_info.php?manufacturers_id=&products_id=41309

However if the network device can get to work it's a nice thing (but like written : often does not work as good as intended or promised , N.Z. general product examples :

http://www.nzoczone.com/product_info.php?cPath=58_59&products_id=24028

http://www.nzoczone.com/product_info.php?cPath=58_59&products_id=24029One of those may do the job. Appreciate your suggestions. Cheers.

FIAT LUX
17-09-2009, 04:07 PM
One of those may do the job. Appreciate your suggestions. Cheers.

"You're Welcome" !

Pato
17-09-2009, 04:12 PM
Ah. Now I understand what you are asking!

In that case I recommend any of these routers, which have a built in USB port for connecting printers:

WL-520GU
RT-N16
WL600g(All in one)

Or, you can get something such as the Belkin network hub or just a standalone print server, such as the ones in the post above mine.

BlamThanks Blam. I think it would be much easier for this old fellow to use the switch suggested. I am not too clued up when it comes to routers.

SolMiester
17-09-2009, 04:28 PM
Are the 2 PC's already connected?, if so just share the printer from the PC that it is attached too!

FIAT LUX
17-09-2009, 04:39 PM
Thanks Blam. I think it would be much easier for this old fellow to use the switch suggested. I am not too clued up when it comes to routers.

Though the routers suggested by "Blam" might be atleast as good as the "standalone" printerservers pointed out by me they all will have a tendency to share a common problem which is that the products often does not keep what it promises, with respect to USB sharing on the network, and also often the function of the device may be inhibited because the drivers were not meant to be used on network.
OFCOURSE : different people , different experiences , and while "Blam" perhaps might have had very good experiences wirh Network USB sharing devices then I generally have not (why I warned you against them myself in general). I have been in situations where the network USB adapter device did not work though the manufacturer promised it would so the device had to be returned to the shop.
Therefore as a general rule , to avoid compatability problems and driver problems then the "simple switch" is the "safest bet".
If wanting a printer on network therefore "the safest bet" in that case is to buy a printer that is born/made with a network capabílity - though it needs to be underlined that some (wellknown) manufactures network-setup/drivers simply "don't cut it" or simply is completely not-logical and very difficult to work with.
Out of two different well known brands of printers where the printer had network capability , I have recently been forced to manually "system integrate"/adjust printer setup for them both as they per standard installation were prone to problems or simply did not work as well as they should - it is sad but it is the truth...

FIAT LUX
17-09-2009, 04:57 PM
Are the 2 PC's already connected?, if so just share the printer from the PC that it is attached too!

"Solmeister" 's idea here would require that not only be the printer turned on but also the PC from which "Solmeister" would share the printer to be turned ON if it the printer needed to be used by another PC therefore it is not adviceable to use that suggestion unless you plan to have one of the computers running always when using other computers and if you plan to attach to, and share the printer from, the "always runing computer" when needing to print from other computers.

(Sorry "Solmeister" , but as a you are probably pro. it ought not to be necessary to argue over the point I've made here , and there is no need for you to feel offended , if you do : sorry ! , I just have another opinion about what is in this persons best interest !)
(Anyway : it is not up to us to decide , we can only give our opinion/advice and let the receipient of our advice make up it's mind what it thinks serves it best.)(right?)

Pato
17-09-2009, 04:58 PM
Are the 2 PC's already connected?, if so just share the printer from the PC that it is attached too!
Yes. That sounds easy when you know how. LOL.

Pato
17-09-2009, 05:03 PM
I appreciate everyones helpful suggestions and am slowly building up a picture of what may work and what probably will be my best solution. A simple switch appears to be the answer. I didn't think there would be so many ifs and buts. LOL.

FIAT LUX
17-09-2009, 05:06 PM
Yes. That sounds easy when you know how. LOL.

The printer sharing "Solmeister" suggests are relatively easy to perform but :
A) Doesn't always work as good as it ought to in theory. (there sometimes can be delays and other problems)
and
B) As I wrote in my earlier post it requires the PC from which you should/would share the printer to run/be turned on every time you needed to print - even when printing from another PC - which is simply not very practical.

fred_fish
17-09-2009, 05:07 PM
Yes. That sounds easy when you know how. LOL.

It's a hell of a lot easier than setting up a standalone or router based network print server, and it costs you nothing.

dustingold09
17-09-2009, 06:06 PM
Hello Pato,

You can use router to share printer.It's a very simple device which is used
to share more than one computer to the printer.

Burnzee
17-09-2009, 06:38 PM
Hi Pato

Two cheap simple solutions for yah. First is use PRINTERSHARE (http://printershare.com/). This uses the internet to redirect the printjob to your printer on the computers not directly connected to to the printer. Service is free, been using this method for quite a while now, highly recommended!! Allows lappie to print wireless without the hassle or high cost.

If you know a little bit about soldering and electronics you can make your own USB SWITCH (http://www.siliconchip.com.au/cms/A_111242/article.html)for few bucks.

BURNZEE

When the going gets tough, I go fishin'!!

Pato
17-09-2009, 06:53 PM
Hi Pato

Two cheap simple solutions for yah. First is use PRINTERSHARE (http://printershare.com/). This uses the internet to redirect the printjob to your printer on the computers not directly connected to to the printer. Service is free, been using this method for quite a while now, highly recommended!! Allows lappie to print wireless without the hassle or high cost.

If you know a little bit about soldering and electronics you can make your own USB SWITCH (http://www.siliconchip.com.au/cms/A_111242/article.html)for few bucks.

BURNZEE

When the going gets tough, I go fishin'!!Well that is something I could try.
At one time I could have made my own switch and even etched my own pcb but am too long in the tooth now days LOL.

Blam
17-09-2009, 07:34 PM
Yes. That sounds easy when you know how. LOL.

Its VERY easy:p

Read my second post and follow the instructions..

FIAT LUX
18-09-2009, 12:19 AM
Well that is something I could try.
At one time I could have made my own switch and even etched my own pcb but am too long in the tooth now days LOL.

In the hope that the USB switch I pointed our is reliable and good (which even factory build is not always) my suggestion would still be , unless you can't spare the money , that you spend the money on an USB switch similar to the one I pointed out. This type ought have resonably reliability + you will not have to move from your chair to switch because the switch apparently comes with "hotkey" software support so you just have to press the keyboard for switching the USB switch.

But to each their own - including opinion....

Blam
18-09-2009, 11:09 AM
OFCOURSE : different people , different experiences , and while "Blam" perhaps might have had very good experiences wirh Network USB sharing devices then I generally have not (why I warned you against them myself in general). I have been in situations where the network USB adapter device did not work though the manufacturer promised it would so the device had to be returned to the shop.
Therefore as a general rule , to avoid compatability problems and driver problems then the "simple switch" is the "safest bet".
If wanting a printer on network therefore "the safest bet" in that case is to buy a printer that is born/made with a network capabílity - though it needs to be underlined that some (wellknown) manufactures network-setup/drivers simply "don't cut it" or simply is completely not-logical and very difficult to work with.
Out of two different well known brands of printers where the printer had network capability , I have recently been forced to manually "system integrate"/adjust printer setup for them both as they per standard installation were prone to problems or simply did not work as well as they should - it is sad but it is the truth...


Well thats sad that you have to avoid network USB sharing devices because of previous experiences, cause they're damn wicked things!:D

FIAT LUX
18-09-2009, 11:36 AM
Well thats sad that you have to avoid network USB sharing devices because of previous experiences, cause they're damn wicked things!:D

You are quite right.
However , having assisted so many people over the years I have learned that people tend to blame the one helping them or the one adviceing them on what to purchase if things "go south".
Anyway , it's not "network USB sharing devices" in general I try to avoid , just the printer devices because I have experienced the examples where things either were not hardware compatible or had one or the other driver problem where this or that didn't work. Enough of that and one tends to go with the "safe bets" and what one know has the best chance of working.
I've setup networking devices for printersharing with LTP port and that generally worked better though the protocols used sometimes have been quaint / old fashioned.