USB Printer Sharing

October 2, 2006 at 13:25:30
Specs: Win Server 2k3, P4 3Ghz 2GB
Is there any way of sharing a USB printer without the use of a USB print server?


I have a usb printer connected to my PC. Can I share the printer, and have other PCs on my LAN connect and print to it? (As long as my PC is kept on.

I know this was not possible before. Just wondering if anything has changed or not. As far as I know, the only way to share a USB printer is by using a USB print server.


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October 2, 2006 at 13:56:46
This has been feasible for yearss, not quite sure where you get your info!

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October 2, 2006 at 13:58:46
As dosser stated, not sure where you got that info from. The ability to share a USB printer has been around since USB printers were available.

Michael J

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October 2, 2006 at 16:21:52
Actually the above are not quite true.

When HP printers and multifunction devices came out, some actually stated in the documentation they could not be shared over a network. This was aside from the multifunction part.

Not sure if other printers were the same but I did have this problem around 5 years ago with an HP & Win2K.


Today seems like a good day to chew through the restraints.

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October 3, 2006 at 05:48:21
Thanks for the replies everyone.

To add to what Seawatch said, many HP & MFPs could not be shared over a network. In the beginning there were NO Lexmark USB printers that could be shared. (This was confirmed with Lexmark).

The issue was that you could share the printer as normal, BUT you would not be able to see it, or connect to it from other PCs. (Like it wasn't there at all).

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