2 USB printers, 3 networked computers
Posted on 2004-08-31
I am sure this is a frequent scenario.
I have 3 networked workstation PC´s running XP pro.
Also I have 2 USB port printers, one laser workhorse and another photo quality inkjet.
I also have a USB scanner but I guess that what I want to do is not possible with the scanner.
Each PC is basically stand alone and I sync files daily. Basically my business does not warrant the time or the need to have a server. Besides the learning curve is something that I would like to avoid. Anyway, thats not the point of my question.
What I would like to be able to do is print (and great if I can scan) to any of the machines.
Currently I have one "main" PC that has the 2 printers and the scanner connected, the printers being shared.
Therefore, if I want to print I always need to have the main machine switched on.
Is it possible to connect a USB print srver to the network and and then connect the (normally one) USB out from the print server to a USB hub and connect the 2 printers to the hub?
Would be great if the scanner could also be connected to the USB hub.
I realise that I would have to install the printer drivers on all machines but I do not see this a bid deal.