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I have 3 old Macs in a classroom that I want to network to share a printer and possibly files.

Classroom has 6 iBooks with Airports and an HP wp100 wireless printserver for Macs that the notebooks can all print to. The old Macs are:

PowerMac 5200/75LC - System 7.5.3 rev2 - Ethertalk 2.5.7
PowerMac 5260/120    - System 7.5.3 rev2 - Ethertalk 2.5.7
PowerMac 5500/225    - System 8.5 - Ethertalk Unknown - local printer

The ideal solution would be to get them using the Airport. Are there solutions available? If so how much?

The next best thing would be to wire them to a cheap desktop switch and share the local printer on the 5500. Is this possible? Do I need anything special? Anything to watch out for?

I am a Mac novice, any help appreciated.
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All pretty old machines, and none of them will support an airport card. Airport wasnt even a glimmer in Apples eye when those operating systems came out.

The wireless print server SHOULD have a place for an ethernet uplink. Just network the machines together with ethernet, and run them to a hub or switch. Then uplink the hub or switch to the printserver.
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