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Print Servers or Local Bridge?

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I have a classroom with 35 Power Macs on a 10BaseT Ethernet Network with a Mac Server and one laser printer connected directly to the server.  I want to add 4 or 5 Epson or HP Inkjet Printers.  Do I need to do this with Ethernet Print Servers or can I get by connecting the printers directly to Power Macs and using Local Bridge? My budget is slim. HELP!!!
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by:rbr
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Use a local bridge. It is easier to handle.
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by:jcashley
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Can anyone explain who/where to get local bridge/print server software?  Also, is it as reliable as ethernet print server hardware units...with a similar level of communication back to the workstations from the printer?

Finally, Is it possible to use a standard ethernet print server units in a mixed PC/PowerMac environment and print to HP PCL printers?

Thanks.
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gribble earned 160 total points
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You can use an Asante Print/8 for the HP's.  As for the Epson's you can add an ethernet option to some of the higher end models (800,850). As for the 700 series or Photo ES they are for direct serial printing. Meaning no network options available.

As for HP laser printers you can get the HP Jet Direct exteranl box and hook up HP and some others onto the ethernet. the setup is fairly simple.
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