How can I use 4 printers on 3 computers?

January 1, 2011 at 20:31:02
Specs: Windows XP Pro, 4 MB Ram
I have 4 printers: An HP4650dn, a Dell 5100cn, a Vision V Discprinter and an HP7300 Inkjet. I need to be able to use all 4 printers with 3 computers (2 desktops and 1 laptop) all running Windows XP Pro SP3. I cannot establish a total wireless connection as all the steel beams in my basement make the wireless link unreliable. Therefore I would prefer to have a USB type connection system. I do have a wireless router (D-Link) which works with the internet as long as I'm reasonably close to the router and modem but printer connections remain unstable. If I can establish USB connections do I need a USB port or ???

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#1
January 1, 2011 at 22:23:18
Do you have a printserver? I use an old HP Mini PC running Win2K as a printserver in my home network. Have two printers attached but if all your printers are USB there is no reason you could not attach more devices to a single server. That machine is always on and is not used for any other purpose. Once it is set up you don't even need to attach a monitor to it. There are free remote desktop progs you can use to administer it when required. It of course is connected by ethernet to the LAN

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January 2, 2011 at 08:41:07
Thanks, Richard59. I do have an old IBM with, I expect, Win98 on it that I never got around to taking down to the recycle center. If you would tell me what I need to buy, if anything, and the steps to set it up, I'll give it a try. Thanks very much. DVG816

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January 2, 2011 at 09:15:22
much simplier to go by a 4 port print server which makes it plug and play.

web search 4 port usb print server if all of your printers connect via usb.

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#4
January 2, 2011 at 14:24:24
If the old machine has an available USB port you can get a powered USB hub to connect multiple devices. Then simply install each printer and enable sharing in the 98 machine. You may run into driver issues however as most modern printers won't have drivers fully compatible with 98. In my case I run XP only in my network and the server running W2K. The XP drivers run under 2K without issues. Wanderer's opinion is certainly worth considering. If you have to buy hardware then buy a device designed for the job rather than spending the same money cobbling together something that might not be effective.

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