Solved How do I set up two computers that can use two printers?

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July 29, 2014 at 14:43:06
Specs: Windows 8.1, AMD A8/4.0Gb
I have two computers (using Windows 8.1) and two HP printers. How can I set them up so that both computers can print to either printer? The printers are not wireless and do not have network capability.

Thank you.
Brian W


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August 1, 2014 at 15:40:14
Network printers would not need a new router. As long as your computers can access the internet and shared files on each other, they can access a network printer as well. The computer and printer only need to get their internal network address from the router, after that, the access is on the hub or switch side of the router and the computers need internet access through the firewall. Otherwise, they do not need access to the rest of it like the print server where the operating system would matter.

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July 29, 2014 at 15:15:32
Can you see each of the computers from the other one? If so, simply install both printers on both computers and then share them in Windows. You should then be able to see and print to each of the printers. Both computers must be running at that time.

If that doesn't work then post back.


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July 29, 2014 at 15:31:48
OtheHill,

Thank you for your response. Unfortunately, your suggestion will not work as both computers are generally not running at the same time.

I read about printers switches but I am not sure what I would need.

Thank you,
Brian W


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#3
July 29, 2014 at 20:53:23
Two computers with two printers with both of them set to share the printers and the alternate printers installed as network printers on each machine will work, BUT they do both need to be turned on and not in sleep or hibernate in order to print from the printer that is not directly plugged into that machine you are printing from.
A Network printer (wired or wireless) can be used by either computer independently and is set up as a network printer on both machines.
There are print servers that will allow you to plug a personal type printer in as a network printer, but those I have seen tend to be expensive (like nearly as much as a smaller workgroup network printer).
A few routers have a printer port and can act as a print server so if yours has this option or if you are in the market for a router anyway, you can look into this as well.

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July 30, 2014 at 06:43:50
Fingers,

Thank you for your response. I had been using a Belkin N750 DB wireless router with Windows XP. When I changed to Windows 8.1, the router did not work so I tried to come up with a different way to connect two computers to two printers.

Different sources disagree on whether the Belkin update will allow the N750 to work with Windows 8.1 so I haven't tried it. Any suggestions?

Thank you.
Brian W


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#5
July 30, 2014 at 19:55:49
There is an apparent firmware update as well as a download for software but no mention about Windows 8 but the firmware update DOES mention OS compatibility so it is possible. Look here:
http://www.belkin.com/us/support-pr...
Either try both or contact support at Belkin for the answer.

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#6
July 31, 2014 at 06:04:29
Fingers and other Responders,

I contacted Belkin and was told that the router's wireless printing capability is not compatible with Windows 8.1. Now that I have a definite answer regarding the printing, I will most likely buy printer switches or a USB hub to manage my printing.

Thanks to all of you who have assisted me.

Brian W


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#7
July 31, 2014 at 18:38:08
The best solution would be to look for a network printer which is what I use at home. A new printer also has the advantage of easier to find ink or toner if your printer is an older model. One network printer can support both computers, come with larger print cartridges, be cheaper per page for printing, and be faster than typical cheaper home printer models.
A print server would not be practical unless the printer (most handle one only) is a very good model, relatively new, and is lot less expensive than I remember.
A USB hub will not help you here. It is good only for using more devices on one computer, it does not allow access from more than one computer.

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#8
August 1, 2014 at 05:41:41
Fingers,

Thank you for your response. Since the Belkin router is not compatible with Windows 8.1, it will not work with networkable printers because the set-up program will not run correctly. When I tried to run it, I got "A system error has occurred."

To get both computers to access both printers, I would need networkable printers and a router that is compatible with Windows 8.1, purchases that I can not afford at this time.

Brian W


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August 1, 2014 at 15:40:14
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Network printers would not need a new router. As long as your computers can access the internet and shared files on each other, they can access a network printer as well. The computer and printer only need to get their internal network address from the router, after that, the access is on the hub or switch side of the router and the computers need internet access through the firewall. Otherwise, they do not need access to the rest of it like the print server where the operating system would matter.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#10
August 4, 2014 at 14:08:31
Fingers,

I tried setting up the HP network printer but was unsuccesful. Th set-up software that came with the printer did not run.

I am now thinking about buying a wireless printer that is comptaible with Windows 8.1.

Thank you for your assistance.
Brian W


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