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What would be the cheapest way to share 2(or more) usb devices between 2 computers?

I have a USB scanner, and a USB printer.  I would like to easily be able to use them on both my Desktop, and Laptop.

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-Sam
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Since USB devices are hot swappable, the easiest thing is just to plug them in whereever you need them.

As far as the printer goes, this can be shared via standard network shares.  The scanner may or may not be able to do this - it depends on how sophisticated are the drivers.

Otherwise, due to the host - slave nature of USB you cannot have the devices plugged into both computers at the same time.

I have seen USB ports on some KVM switches that allow the device to be shared.  None of these are priced under $250US.  If you are interested, I can look up some of those for you but your primary goal is inexpensive so I don't think they count.

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magarity
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