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I have two computers that are not networked but I would like to connect my HP Laserjet 1200 printer so that I can print to it from both pc's.  I have a tripp-lite ultra mini USB hub but I don't think that is what I need.  the hub indicates it will connect 4 usb peripherals to 1 computer -- but I want to connect 1 usb printer to two computers.  What type of device or cable do I need to purchase?  Thank you.
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mmj1,

You need a USB print server.  It will allow you to connect a USB printer to it and then share it with other USB devices.

Are the computers close to each other and the printer (i.e. 2-3 meters)?  If so, that model of printer supports both USB and Parallel and you could connect one computer with USB and another using a parallel cable.  This assumes that the computer has a USB port and the other computer has a parallel port.

Let me know if you have any questions or need more information.

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The term USB Print Server may give some false results that will require the computers to be networked.  The better term may be USB switch.  These Belkin swiches (http://catalog.belkin.com/IWCatSectionView.process?Section_Id=201501) will provide an idea of what you want.  There are other manufacturers.  If you want help finding a product let me know what country and other details (i.e. price, etc) and I will try to help.

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Thanks for the help.  I did look at the link you provided and it does appear I need the 2x1 switch $39.99.  I am going to Office Depot tonight and hope to find what I need at the store.
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Thanks very much for your assitance.  I purchased the Belkin usb switch and it works fine.  Have a nice weekend !
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Great!  Your welcome!  I'm glad that I could help.  Thank you for the grade, the points and the fun question.

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