Experts - we have 200 users and 55 small networkable printers. We want to detach them from their various PC's and have them served by a main server so they can continue to be shared, but also are accessible to the leasing company for meter reads.
We have been told this is a bad idea - GB switches for each would cost about $45 - $60 each, then there's the problem with one crazy, possibly causing a loop, while we try to figure out which device it is... Not to mention the fact that it would slow down our network. Has anyone done this? Any suggestions? (Right now, we take 3 hours out of our day once every few months to walk around the 3 facilities so the leasing company can touch each printer, print a meter read -- it's a pain). It would also be nice to see all the printers in one place to set up sharing... Open to suggestions and ideas. Thanks!