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ok, hopefully this is not a retarded question...

I have a USB printer/copier/scanner at home, and I want to set up a print server for it.

Can I set up one of my old computers to be a print server for it? I know you can buy print servers, but I wanted to figure out how to make one.

How would I go about doing this?
Also, I was assuming that the only way to be able to scan things into the computer was to have it directly connected to the printer. Will I lose scanning functionality if I set up a print server?
    
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you don't need a printer server you just need to hook it up to your router and network it.
you will be able to scan from the printer and print it there but i don't know if what was scanned will go to a computer.
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you don't need a printer server you just need to hook it up to your router and network it.
you will be able to scan from the printer and print it there but i don't know if what was scanned will go to a computer.
But it is a USB printer, don't I need a print server to connect the printer to, and the print server connects to the router?

Since the printer does not have an Ethernet port, I figured I needed a print server.
    
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Just connect it to a pc. Then install the drivers for the printer on all the comptuers on the network. leave the pc on and turn printer sharing on. then you can print to that printer fro many computer
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You can just connect the printer to any of the computers, and enable printer sharing on that machine.
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you don't need a printer server you just need to hook it up to your router and network it.
you will be able to scan from the printer and print it there but i don't know if what was scanned will go to a computer.
Completely wrong. You can only connect your printer directly to the router\\switch\\hub and print to it IF the printer is setup to do so (in essence it runs a print server itself).

Mort is right. The simplest way to setup your system is to hook up the printer to an older PC that is part of your network. install the printer, and enable print sharing. Then go to each PC and isntall drivers and map the network printer to them so that they can print. The only downfall to this is that the computer hooked up to the printer must be on to print.
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Mort is right. The simplest way to setup your system is to hook up the printer to an older PC that is part of your network. install the printer, and enable print sharing. Then go to each PC and isntall drivers and map the network printer to them so that they can print. The only downfall to this is that the computer hooked up to the printer must be on to print.
Ok, that will work. Am I correct in thinking that I will lose scanning functionality on all computers except the one the printer is directly connected to?
    
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Completely wrong. You can only connect your printer directly to the routerswitchhub and print to it IF the printer is setup to do so (in essence it runs a print server itself).

Mort is right. The simplest way to setup your system is to hook up the printer to an older PC that is part of your network. install the printer, and enable print sharing. Then go to each PC and isntall drivers and map the network printer to them so that they can print. The only downfall to this is that the computer hooked up to the printer must be on to print.
yeah, very true. But then you can fold on it. The electricity will be cheaper than a print server (about $50).

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Ok, that will work. Am I correct in thinking that I will lose scanning functionality on all computers except the one the printer is directly connected to?
There is a way I believe. This is what I would do. Set up a network folder for scanned items and share it on the network. Scan an item and save it to that folder. Then it is accessible to all computers on the network even if they don't have the printer drivers
Edited by mortimersnerd - 5/26/08 at 3:21pm
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There is a way I believe. This is what I would do. Set up a network folder for scanned items and share it on the network. Scan an item and save it to that folder. Then it is accessible to all computers on the network even if they don't have the printer drivers

Good Idea. I will give that a go.
    
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