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Network Copier

I am looking to purchase a copier that is able to join a network.  I noticed that many available have USB as a way to connect to a PC.  I want to know if it possible to use USB to connect to a network without having to connect it to one PC.  Also, could you direct me to some sites that have good pricing on copiers for around $300-$500.  Thank you.
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You just need copier with Ethernet interface. For HP such interfase called Jet Direct.
For example look at HP LaserJet All-in-one.
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If a copier/printer has a USB port but not a built in ethernet port, the best way to connect it to a network would be to use a print server that accepts USB connections, such as these from D-Link and Netgear.


You may want to consider, rather than piecing a solution together, getting a multifuction device that has built in Ethernet.  there are a number of these on the market, such as the  Brother MFC 8840DN, Xerox WorkCentre PE120i,  Canon ImageCLASS MF8170c, or HP Color LaserJet 2820 all-in-one.

hi WinkingTiger,

I dont think its really possible to have a network printer without having it connected to some sort of a pc that would altleast act as the sharing 'host' for the rest of the systems on the network. And thats especially for a usb printer.You could  setup a print terminal with a single pc connected to the printer and on the network to share the printer out with the other user stations.
Here's list of low cost printers that you could look at and compare prices :http://www.bizrate.com/copiers/pid6630201/compareprices.html . I'd just shop around different stores and give them the specifications of what you need and your price range. There's lots of laserjet printers that will connect via usb.

thanks, Techman79
USB does not run correctly as a stand-alone device.  Remember, USB is SERIAL, so it is designed to be connected to a serial port of a PC, even if it is USB.  So NO, you cannot get USB devices to work reliably as stand alone devices.  They need to be connected to a PC, or perhaps to a USB hub with an ethernet interface.
USB requires a "master" device, and the copier won't be it.  A PC would be; a print server *might* be.  A USB hub won't be.


 NETGEAR's USB Mini Print Server does away with the hassles of sharing your printer among multiple PCs. http://www.netgear.com/products/details/PS121.php

Its easy external USB connection links one USB printer to as many as three PCs, so different network users can run multiple print jobs at the same time from anywhere on a home or office network. The attractive case design looks great in any environment, and its compact size allows you to place it close at hand or out of the way to open up your work area. Easy setup with NETGEAR's Smart Wizard Install Assistant saves you time and effort so you're up and running in minutes.  No parallel printer cable is needed, it saves you money, too.

Lets you share a printer among multiple PCs. You can place your printer right where you want it for most convenience. It works with wired or wireless routers from any vendor, and it's compatible with most USB port printers (including bi-directional printers) from HP-, Canon-, Epson-, Lexmark-, and others. Supports all major Microsoft- Windows- operating systems.

it is possible to have a networked pc without a sharing host if you have a printer with a network interface card attached to it!.

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