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Connect two PCs to one printer via USB with automatic switching

I have two pcs which cannot network together through ethernet... work and external machine.... is there some sort of reliable and intelligent USB hub/switch that can do this automatically?  Thanks in advance.
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Pharcyde616
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CaseybeaCommented:
USB is designed for a one-to-many relationship--   one pc, many peripherals.    USB is not designed for, nor will it work for, the setup you seek (which would effectively be a usb-based "network").   The answer is a definite no, sorry.

(followup:  why won't the pc's work together with ethernet..????)

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savoneCommented:
That was my question, Why can you not network the machines together.  Just about any machine will take a 5-10 dollar nic.
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CaseybeaCommented:
The only three things I can think of are:

a) One or both machines does not have internal room for a network card.   Not much you can do about that, or
b) Pharcyde616 does not have a network hub or switch.  (my recommendation here, use a crossover cable!!!)
c) because one of the machines is supplied by his office, s/he may not have administrative rights on it to set up networking..

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savoneCommented:
a) USB ethernet adapter
b) Adhoc network
c) your SOL
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Pharcyde616Author Commented:
It is option c) because one of the machines is supplied by his office, s/he may not have administrative rights on it to set up networking..

anyone else have any ideas.
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CaseybeaCommented:
Without administrative rights, there is really nothing you can do.    The problem will be in the system's own sharing setup- i.e., the creation of sharing of folders and such.      Even if you use a USB-based ethernet network adapter, you still have the shares to deal with.

There may be some alternatives that you can consider, even if there are no administrative rights:   Use an FTP server product.

On home machine:  Set up FTP server, and a static network address.    
On work machine:  Just hook up ethernet, and let DHCP do its thing.      This assumes the router you're connecting to handles DHCP requests.

From the work machine, connect to the home machine, and transfer files that way.  

Getting back to your question:   You cannot set up a network with USB only.  
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Pharcyde616Author Commented:
I do not doubt that I cannot network via USB, but I have seen some "switch" devices that act like a hub allowing you to connect two pcs to a printer.  Problem is, you need to press a button to switch over... I want an automatic solution.
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jonoakleyCommented:
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jonoakleyCommented:
Second link is supposed to be automatic

--Each PC sees USB Auto Share Switch as an independent 2/4-port USB hub
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