Split single network cable so that two network printers can be connected
Posted on 2007-04-04
I have recently purchased two very nice printers (HP LaserJet 4350n and HP Color LaserJet 3800n).
These printers both come with built-in network print servers.
We have an existing network in the building with a file server running Windows 2000 Server software.
I believe that we run the network at only 10 MBit/s.
The problem I have is that there is only ONE ethernet cable running from the server and the room where the printers will be. Distance between server and printer room is approximately 15 meters. I don't want to run a new cable from the server room to the printer room if it can be avoided. How can we connect both printers to the network throught this single cable?
My idea is to use an old, simple 8 port 10 Mbit/s D-Link hub which I have. Would it be possible to plug the network cable to port 1 of the hub and connect the printers' short network cables to ports 2 and 3?
I'm not very good at networking, so please be gentle with me.