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23-01-2006, 08:44 AM
I have two usb printers and 2 windows xp computers Is it possible to buy a hub that will allow me access to both printers from either or both computers at the same time??????

Speedy Gonzales
23-01-2006, 08:49 AM
If 1 printer is on each PC now, just share them.

Then you'll be able to print to either printer, from both computers.

Are the computers networked?

23-01-2006, 09:01 AM
No they are not networked and there is still the problem that both computers would have to be turned on to print to both printers

Speedy Gonzales
23-01-2006, 09:11 AM
Yup both computers, will have to be on to print, unless u get something like a USB print server. (I think this is what you call it).

And both will have to be networked, either with ethernet cable (wired), or by using wireless (WI-FI). Wireless can either be PCI Cards, or USB adapters.

So, u can use either printer, from either computer.

Graham L
23-01-2006, 02:24 PM
A print server would be the nicest thing.

A less elegant way would be a USB switch. I have one which can connect "Up" to two computers, and "down" to 4 USB devices. It has a switch to select which computer "owns" the devices. I haven't ever used it in that mode ... I just bought it as a cheap hub. ;)