Solved multiple printers connected by lan to multiple computers

October 2, 2013 at 13:38:51
Specs: Windows XP
Im currently working at a print shop and the printers we use do not have wireless capabilities. they are also not your standard in home printers. How would I go about connecting all of these printers(5) to the 4 computers that we have? Can i run the printers to a switch then in turn run cat 5 from the switch to the ISP's router?

Also we do not have the usb cables for these printers..

Thank you for your help.


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#1
October 2, 2013 at 18:40:19
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If the printers do have a network connector for CAT5 cable, you can connect the printers to the switch, where the computers are connected to.

After that, the printers are accessable for all the computers, connected to that switch.
In addition, you have to install the printer drivers on the computers as TCP/IP network printer.


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#2
October 2, 2013 at 19:43:18
So I have to find a switch big enough for me to connect all the equipment to or is there a workaround for that?

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#3
October 2, 2013 at 20:16:45
You can extent the amount of ports of the ISPs router by connecting another router or switch to one of it's LAN ports with a CAT5 cable.

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#4
October 2, 2013 at 20:46:58
Does it matter whether half the computers are Macs and the other half runs windows? Is there something special that I need to do?

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#5
October 2, 2013 at 21:09:19
No, nothing special.
If they MACs do have ethernet connectors, there is no problem.
What you need to have are the correct driver for the windows and MAC computers to install them as IP printers.

And all the printers need to have ethernet network connectors, to be able, to connect them to the router/switch.


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#6
October 3, 2013 at 07:24:40
So I have to find a switch big enough for me to connect all the equipment to or is there a workaround for that?

No. First you have to ascertain whether or not the printers in question are "network printers" Which is to say, do they have a network interface on them with which to connect to the network?

If they don't, you'll have to look at getting a "print server" type device that does. The type you'll want will connect to the printer(s) via a USB cable. HP makes a device like this called a HP Jetdirect external USB print server You might need to google that to get an idea what you'll be looking for.

Then once all your printers are network capable, then you can follow paulsep's advice about a switch.

NOTE: I'd use a switch before I'd use another router to add more LAN ports to your network.

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***


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