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I'm embarassed I can't figure this out.  I have three label printers that I want to hook up to my network.  Ideally, I would attach some kind of network device (HP JetDirect Print Server?) to the network (running SBS2003 over Ethernet) and plug in my three label printers via USB cables.  But I just can't figure it out.  We print only occassionally to these printers, but I was hoping to NOT have them next to a stand alone computer.  I don't want to buy three individual network devices (RJ-45 to a single USB 2.0 port) -- it seems inefficient.  I also don't want to buy a $4,000 enterprise print server.  I'm sure I'm missing something -- any ideas?
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I would simply use a computer to handle the printer server functionality. Im sure you can find a spare machine somewhere. Simply connect each of the three printers to the server and share them each out under a different share name. Ensure that any users needing access to the printer have access to the computer that is acting as the print server. Map to the printers via  ascript or manually install them using the following:

\\ip of print server\printersharename

Thsi should be a relatively affordable print server solution. Let me know if you need further details :)
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Thanks.  That's basically what I was thinking.  But am I right that there really isn't any other solution for this?  I either set up a separate computer as a print server or I go with three individual RJ-45 to USB printer cards/servers?  Somehow it just doesn't seem right....
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You could try this option:

http://www.iogear.com/product/GUIP204/
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Thanks.  I'm already preparing an extra workstation.  I think that'll be the best solution.
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