Solved How to connect two computers to one printer

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October 24, 2014 at 10:47:55
Specs: Windows 8.1, AMD A8/4 Gb
I would like to connect two computers to one printer. The printer is not networkable and not wireless. I looked for an A/B switch but all I found was one that would connect one computer to two printers.

Thank you.
Brian W


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October 24, 2014 at 12:24:26
Hi Brian, try googling:-

'cross over usb switch'

I think this will do what you want:-

http://www.pccables.com/30080.htm

For your first request, the switch found is manually operated. You may be able to find one that switches automatically, when data flow is detected.

Good Luck - Keep us posted.

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October 24, 2014 at 10:51:10

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October 24, 2014 at 11:23:58
ijack,

Thank you for your response. Is there a similar device that will connect two computers to two printers that are both not networkable and not wireless? The intent is to access either printer from either computer.

Thank you.
Brian W


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October 24, 2014 at 11:32:12
I guess that you could connect the output of that device to a usb hub and then connect the printers to that, but it's not something that I've ever tried.

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October 24, 2014 at 12:24:26
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Hi Brian, try googling:-

'cross over usb switch'

I think this will do what you want:-

http://www.pccables.com/30080.htm

For your first request, the switch found is manually operated. You may be able to find one that switches automatically, when data flow is detected.

Good Luck - Keep us posted.

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October 24, 2014 at 13:27:16
Why not simply share the printer? Are both computers on the network? No need to buy any switch.

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/...

~winipcfg

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October 24, 2014 at 14:19:06
What brand and model is the printer?

Sharing the printer as winipcfg suggests is the cheapest solution but also requires the host computer to be up for the other computer(s) to print to it, which is not always convenient.

My choice for a solution would be to buy a parallel or usb print server depending on the type of connection you need. Then you can connect as many computers as you want to it via the network. You can even get a wireless print server, which is what I use on my printer.


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October 26, 2014 at 14:11:49
Mike,

Thank you for your response. This is exctly what I need.

Brian W


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October 26, 2014 at 14:13:38
winipcfg,

Thank you for your response. The printers are not networkable so I need to go with the usb crossover switch.

Brian W


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October 26, 2014 at 14:15:04
FishMonger,

Thank you for your response. This solution is not practical for me as the host computer needs to be on for the other computer to print.

Brian W


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October 26, 2014 at 14:33:12
Hi Brian,

please bear in mind that although a switch can physically connect a printer to a pc, when more than one printer is involved, if the printers are different make and/or models, the pc *MUST* know which printer it is using, if the drivers differ.

Good Luck - Keep us posted.


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October 26, 2014 at 14:41:26
Mike,

Since the drivers are different, their drivers are also different. I know that I need to load the appropriate driver before I try to printer from that computer.

Thank you once again.

Brian W


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October 27, 2014 at 11:45:54
Hi Brian, I am not sure you are correct. I think:-

It is simply a case of adding / installing *BOTH* printers on *BOTH* pc's.

When printing, you just choose which printer the print is going to, having made sure first it is the one connected via the switch.

If for whatever reason a print is not output it will go to the print queue. You must then take care it ultimately is sent to the specified printer or otherwise deleted from the print queue.

Good Luck - Keep us posted.


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November 14, 2014 at 15:00:39
Mike,

I got a cross over usb switch and it works just as I needed.

Thank you.
Brian W


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#14
November 19, 2014 at 10:35:50
Hi Brian,

Glad to have been of some assistance.

Regards - Mike

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