want multiple computers to connect via usb to printer

Posted on 2013-09-25
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Last Modified: 2013-09-30
using hp deskjet 1055

can I use a use hp hub to allow multiple computers to connect to this printer

please do not suggest wireless sharing or some other connection method.
Question by:rgb192
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by:Dan Craciun
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Short answer: no.
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by:Dan Craciun
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Long answer: connect the printer to a single computer, share it and install the printer as a network printer on the other computers.
You'll need the "print server" to be on, though, for printing to work.

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by:Dan Craciun
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Just as a curiosity: if you have a network already set up, why would you need additional cables?
I've seen an accounting office where they had a 4-port sharing hub and they manually pressed the button to decide who gets to print. While they all were on the same network. It seem so 1990's to me...
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by:Nick Rhode
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No and not advised, DanCraciun pretty much summed it up but for some added support of his answer you would be looking at sharing from the PC connected to it via USB or set it up as a network printer and connect to it via ethernet.
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hdhondt earned 2000 total points
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You could of course use a USB printer switch. The manual ones are cheap. Unfortunately, the person who wants to print needs to flick the switch to the right position before s/he can print. I don't know how well the automatic ones work...

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usb printer switch will connect all the computers and printer


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