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A real noob question: I have the D-Link DGL-4300 Gaming Router, 3 PCs, 1 Network Drive and I just bought a network printer. The router only supplied 4 ports. What can I do to hook my printer up?

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Attach it to your main pc via usb and share it so all other machine can access it through that computer.
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you can get a switch . .. or you can get another access point and use it as a wireless bridge so you dont have to have the printer near the computer (what i'm doing now) . . I can provide details on that if you need me to but I suggest getting a simple 5 port switch like this
 
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post #4 of 15
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Originally Posted by grkgus View Post
Attach it to your main pc via usb and share it so all other machine can access it through that computer.
he has a network printer (connected via ethernet)
 
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post #5 of 15
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he has a network printer (connected via ethernet)

It has at least a parallel port which he can then achieve the same thing. No printer comes only with an ethernet port.
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post #6 of 15
Just get a switch/hub so you can get more ports. Theyre pretty cheap.
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Get something called a switch. I believe that makes more ports, it looks like a router. Newegg has a lot
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It has at least a parallel port which he can then achieve the same thing. No printer comes only with an ethernet port.
My point was why would he want to have an network enabled printer (which costs more) to not use the network function. Dont it your way would mean that computer would have to be on . . . a big PITA if there is one computer and three college guys in the house like in my situation. A switch is his best bet.
 
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My point was why would he want to have an network enabled printer (which costs more) to not use the network function. Dont it your way would mean that computer would have to be on . . . a big PITA if there is one computer and three college guys in the house like in my situation. A switch is his best bet.

Well to me it sounds as if he did not want to buy anything else.
The router only supplied 4 ports. What can I do to hook my printer up?
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Well to me it sounds as if he did not want to buy anything else.
The router only supplied 4 ports. What can I do to hook my printer up?
I for one didnt know i could daisy chain switches to routers until last year on this forum . . . switches are inexpensive and maybe it was an option he hadn't thought of
 
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