Making USB Flatbed Scanner Available through WiFi

Hello.

I have an Epson v750 flatbed scanner.  Due to the set up of my condo, it has to be located in my basement.   I would like to find a way (short of setting up a dedicated PC) to be able to scan a document, and make it available to a laptop in another room via WiFi.  Currently the scanner only has a USB interface.

Is this possible?  I looked at Apple Airport, but it does not support this function.

I thought I would see if any of the mad geniuses here had any ideas.

Thanks!

-Ted
tedwillAsked:
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
You need a USB Print Server that will support scanning. Not all USB print servers will do that. Here is an example of a D-Link USB print server that is supposed to support scanning. I have not used it so cannot vouch for it.

http://www.dlink.com/uk/en/home-solutions/connect/print-servers/dpr-1020-usb-multifunction-print-server


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Tony GiangrecoCommented:
I agree with the expert above. If you setup the print server, make sure you specify a static IP on it so Windows always knows what address to find it as.

Make sure your scanning software is installed after installing the print server.

Keep in mind, if the scanner is in the basement and your wireless signal is not strong, you won't be able to access it.
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Darr247Commented:
The Silex SX-3000GB should make *any* USB device available on your network.
If you plug one 7-port and one 6-port USB hub into that, then plug that into your router, you can network 13 USB devices.

Product Site
http://www.silexamerica.com/products/device_servers/usb_device_connectivity/sx-3000gb.html
Support Site
http://www.silexamerica.com/support/usb_device_connectivity/sx-3000gb.html
Data Sheet
http://www.silexamerica.com/products/data_sheets/sx-3000gb_datasheet.pdf
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Tony GiangrecoCommented:
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tedwillAuthor Commented:
These are all great suggestions, but the scanner is only a scanner, not a multi function (all in one) device. A high end flatbed.  These USB print servers will work to serve the scanner as an IP device?

Thanks!
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
The D-Link suggested it could handle scanners but as I noted, I have not done it.

Also, most of these print servers are consumer level devices and they may not work for the high end scanner you have.

Your best bet at this point (a workaround to be certain) is to set it up on a dedicated PC. I know you do not want this, but it may be the only way short of testing one of the suggested devices.

If you do decide to test one, make sure it is returnable.

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tedwillAuthor Commented:
Thanks everyone!
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
@tedwill - Thanks, and I was happy to help.

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