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I need to connect a USB printer to a home network for the computers to have access.

Would I need an adapter or a hub (each with a USB and RJ45)?

From what I see, the adapters are connected to the computers and require software installation.  But the hub does not.
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by:JohnnyCanuck
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The simplest way is to install the printer on one of the computers and share it.
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by:Dawilliams
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JohnnyCanuck is right that is the easiest way, but the PC sharing the printer must remain on for others to use it. have a look at this.
http://reviews.cnet.com/networking-and-wi-fi/belkin-network-usb-hub/4505-3243_7-32467513.html
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by:homemadebyx
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No adapter or hub required.    After it's installed on a system and shared,  go to the other systems and install a network printer.

control panel/printers and faxes/ "add printer"    

Choose "A network printer, or printer attached to another computer"

"Browse for a printer"




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I should mention that I don't want to share it.  It should stand alone on the network.
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by:Dawilliams
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What kind of printer is it? does it have a nic onboard or just the USB?
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by:mcnuttlaw
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Life would be easier if it did have a nic but no it does not.  It's a usb only device that I want to connect to a network as a standalone device.

Do I use an adapter which is significantly cheaper than a hub?  By the looks of it, it appears that a hub is the way to go.
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by:mgonullu
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if you get the device I described you still have to get the Hub,
if you want to attach the USB to one PC and share, this PC should still powered on so others can print.
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by:Dawilliams
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If you want it to be stand alone then an adapter would be the cheapest way.
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/category/category_slc.asp?CatId=589
if you want to be able to add devices in the future than a hub would be your best bet.
http://reviews.cnet.com/networking-and-wi-fi/belkin-network-usb-hub/4505-3243_7-32467513.html
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Get a standard print server.  If you've already got a home network, you have a hub/switch, unless you're running ad hoc wireless, in which case, your hub/switch just needs to have an available port.  If you're running ad hoc wireless, you'll need to get a wireless print server.

Go to www.geeks.com and do a search for "print server".  

Here's a couple:
wireless - http://www.geeks.com/details.asp?invtid=WGPS606NAR&cpc=SCH
wired - http://www.geeks.com/details.asp?invtid=PS121NAR&cpc=SCH

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