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Sharing a scanner of the network

Has anyone sucessfully shared a scanner on the network. I know this is possible with some of HP's all-in-one product (most notably the HP3200) but how about other more "local" sytle scanners plugged into a newer HP Parrallel port printer server (expecially the HP300x 100baseT unit)?

Any ideas ?

Les
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cindyhoughtonCommented:
Some of HP's newer business scanners have a sharing option, most notably the SJ 6300c series and the new SJ7400c series of scanners, but I don't believe that it supported off of a hub.  They must be connected to a computer and shared locally.  That method of sharing is intended for small workgroups, of say about 5 or 6 people.

The HP Digital Sender is more like the kind of product you might be looking for.  It can be connected directly to your network using whatever protocols your network supports, there are different Senders for the different kinds of network connections.

Here is a document on the Digital Sender, comparing it to the Network Scanner, the ScanJet 5.  (The ScanJet 5 is no longer in production, so this basically just gives you a run down on the features.)

http://www.hp.com/cgi-bin/cposupport/get_doc.pl?SNI=hp9100cdig7640&LC=scanners&Tfile=bps52841

You can take a look at the different types of senders available by choosing one from this page:

http://www.hp.com/cposupport/nonjsnav/hp9100cdig7639.html

You can buy them directly from HP from here:

http://www.bstore.hp.com/cgi-bin/hpbs/home.jsp?BV_SessionID=@@@@0637793432.0992533058@@@@&BV_EngineID=jalleglheehbeibecfgecin.0&oid=-11250

But looking at the prices, they are extremely expensive. (I had no idea that they cost that much!) Unless you really need the other features supported by the Sender, fax and e-mail capability right from your network without going through a computer, you might want to go for a locally shared 7400c series or 6300c series.  (They are also priced on the business store page and are quite a bit less expensive.)

I hope this information is helpful.

Cindy

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leltonAuthor Commented:
Thank you very much Cindy, thats exactly what I was looking for. Unfortunatly the 6300c series does not support Netware networks directly (I need to have the MS client for MS networks installed as well as MS file/print sharing). But at least I know there are some solutions out there. Right now it looks like the HP3200 is the best solution, unfortunatly its scanner technology is sheet based and not flat bed. There are advantages to both but I was really looking for a flat bed technology, and yes your are right, the Digital Sender units look very expensive so that is not really a viable solution at the moment.

Thanks for all the help, Les
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