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connecting printer to computer via ethernet

Savin / Savin 8016
May 12, 2010 at 09:21:18
Specs: Windows XP
I connected my printer directly to my computer via ethernet cable (patch). I have set up the TCP/IP protocol using the IP address of the printer. I cant even ping the printer. was wondering if the problem is that I need a crossover cable instead of a patch cable?

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May 12, 2010 at 09:41:25
If your printer has an Ethernet interface and you are connecting it directly to the computers Ethernet Interface then yes, you do need a crossover cable.

However, a printer with an Ethernet Interface is supposed to be connected to a switch then every computer on the network will have access to it rather than go through another computer. Four port routers have a switch built in.

If you only have one computer and no network you would be better connecting via USB. Using Ethernet in those circumstances is an unnecessary complication.


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May 12, 2010 at 10:07:18
The reason is because I already had my printer connected to a router via, ethernet, and simply wanted to bypass the router and go directly to my computer. Although my printer does have both USB and Ethernet capabilities, I cant make the printer work using the USB connection from my computer directly to the printer.

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