Network 2 computers on different networks to 1 printer

Posted on 2006-05-05
Last Modified: 2010-03-19

I currently have 2 separate networks running parrallel.
The computers are WIN XP machines and they are sitting next to each other.
I need to network these computers to the same printer.

Cheers mate
Question by:Chad_MacArthur
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    There are many guides and tutorials on how to connect 2 Windows XP pc's with a simple crossover cable or switch to enable them to share files and printers and other common resources.  Here's one guide from Microsoft:
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    If this is your home network:

    You can either get a router or a layer 3 switch and connect the two networks.

    You could also get a second NIC for one of the XP machines, connect it to the other network, enable it as a router and and use it to route between the two networks.

    If this is a work network:

      Then you need to talk to your network people.
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    Sorry, I didn't read your initial comments that each pc was already connected to a network.
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    Does Your Printer have a USB Connection and LPT Connection??

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    No USB but a LPT connection.
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    A simlpe solution then would be to access printer via network from 1 PC and via parallel from other pc
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    I'm assuming that the two computers are connected to a hub. If you want to connect your LPT printer directly on the LAN (i.e. to another port of the hub), you need a special adapter that you can easily find on the market. Just connect your printer on a side of the box and the LAN to the other. The software coming with the adapter will let you able to connected you computers to the printer.
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    I would use a usb switchbox, two computers sharing multiple usb ports, one could be the printer.  
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    Of course that will work, but its not a "network" solution. Anyhow, the LAN print server I proposed are also available with USB printer connection.

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