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Sharing a printer with other computers on my workgroup, but having the full features??

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I have a desktop computer that my Brother MFC8500 Multifunction Printer is attached to thruogh a USB port. I have it shared and the other 2 laptops I have in the house use this printer to print through my workgroup I have created. Although, I cannot use the scan feature or fax feature with the laptops only the desktop. Is there a way to use these features on my laptop like I do on the desktop?
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by:☠ MASQ ☠
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You cannot share input functions like scanning though XP without adding third party software
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You recoment anything?
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by:☠ MASQ ☠
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Look at BlindScanner and RemoteScan
Both cost $ but have trial versions so you can see what you would be getting.
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by:rattleme
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If I buy a new Multifunction that is network ready "Epson AcuLaser CX11NF" will this solve my problem?
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by:☠ MASQ ☠
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I've no personal experience of this one but would be cautious about this review:
http://www.dealtime.co.uk/xPR-Epson-ACULASER-CX11NF~RD-215840820868

Try the software solution first though you may not need to upgrade.
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That does not make me want to buy this now. I thought I researched this Multi pretty good. I was looking for a Copy/Print/Fax/Scan Machine that was Laser/Color for a decent price. I guess i will keep looking unless you have a recomendation? Laser or Inkjet a big deal?
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It's all too easy to spend someone else's money but for the same budget I'd look at the HP9100 series.
Talk to the dealer about network scanning though!
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