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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)?

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by:jbrugman
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You can not share a scanner over the network, unless you have a special network scanner.
example :
http://support.umax.co.uk/technotes/n005B.htm 

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Overview
UMAX's Network Scan feature allows PC users to connect to a remote scanner, "hosted" on another computer - this can be useful in small workgroups sharing an infrequently used scanner, or where a scanner is often used for low resolution images.

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You can share a Unix (or OS/2) scanner using SANE (http://www.mostang.com/sane) with the rest of your network.
We have a scanning client available for accessing remote SANE scanners available at http://www.objects.com.au/products/josi. It'll run on any Java enabled platform including Windows, Mac, Linux, OS/2.

If you're scanners connected to a Win machine then I'm not aware of a general solution (though we are currently working on one).
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But there are lots of scanners thant won't work on linux, like the ones of agfa :-(
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Yes, unfortunately some manufacturers are less than helpful when it comes to releasing protocol specs :(
And Agfa is one of these (especially wrt pp scanners), though there is some support such as the SnapScan 1212U and some of their SCSI scanners.
HP on the other hand seem quite helpful, and even appear to be supporting Linux development.


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And Acer are also actively doing Linux driver development.
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Yes i even got a 100% working Acer Travelmate 517E running on Linux :-D
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lelton, not interested in the topic anymore?
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Thanks everyone, I took the HP solution and used there HP Jetdirect box attached to an HP3150 All-in-one printer/fax/scanner.  It works extreemly well and I would suggest it to anyone whom does not have a unix box somewhere in there network. Please note to anyone considering using an HP3200,  don't ... it is not yet a commercial level piece of hardware. The thing hanged about 1-3 times a day while receiving faxes. On the contrast the HP3150 has yet to hang and its extreemly rebust.

Recommendation, use an HP3150 with a jetdirect print server box.

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