2 identical printers - I USB hub?

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branny
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I have 2 identical printers and I'd like to use them simultanously through a USB hub.
Is this possible? - Do I just rename one?
Thanks guys!

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Gavin Gration
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Yes - Windows sticks a (1) on the end by default - You just choose which printer to send stuff to.

branny
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Aaah Excellent - Cheers Gavin

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DAVE M
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whoo hooo!!

That means I can double up on my DVd printing then. I always wondered if it'd work

Alan Craven
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I don't suppose it would work in reverse, i.e. one printer to two computers, by any chance?

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Yep, been there, done that (by accident) :D

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Alan Craven wrote:
I don't suppose it would work in reverse, i.e. one printer to two computers, by any chance?

That's what Printer Sharing is for? (Assuming the two computers are networked together.)

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Alan Craven
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mooblie wrote:
That's what Printer Sharing is for? (Assuming the two computers are networked together.)

Yes, fair enough if they are networked, but connection through a USB hub is not quite that? A network, cable or wireless, has protocols to control the data stream, so that two (or more) computers competing for the right to print are spooled, as I understand it. This would need to work with a USB linkage through a hub too, would it not?

Alan Roberts
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Don't reckon that'll work, because the computer is the host and all the peripherals are clients. Two hosts would fight. Far better to install the printer on a network. I keep my office printer (laser) on the wifi network so both laptops can talk to it without fighting.

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Alan Craven
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Thanks for confirming my suspicions, Alan. At the moment the printer in question is linked to two computers via an automatic Parallel port switch. The motherboard for my new build has no parallel port, so the new link will have to be a print server - the printer fortunately has a USB port as well as parallel, as parallel port print servers seem to be an endangered species.

Just for a moment there I thought I might save a few pounds.:(

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Getting a network is the best money you can spend, in my opinion, makes kit sharing a doddle.

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Rob James
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Hear, hear. I began with a four port 10/100 hub and now have an 8 port router plus an 8 port gigabit switch. I don't know how I'd work without it now.

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Barry Hunter
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I have a small network, 6 machines. One on Vista Prem Media, one on XP Media, one on XP Home & three on XP Pro. The printers are all on the vista machine attatched by a USB Hub. I can print from any machine as long as the printer host (Vista) is swithced on. You need to "Add Printer" via the control panel telling it that it is a printer attatched to the network, you thenbrowse for it. It will then install the relevent drivers. The only prob might be that if the printer is too old to be included in the Vista software you might need to access the printer site for Vista compatable drivers.

The printers I have are :- Canon iP9100, Canon Pixma 4300 & a HP Laser 2600n.

Good luck.

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Rob James
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I'm using an old Epson 980 as the 'office' printer on a Win2k machine. All the others, XP and Vista, wired and wireless, print to it quite happily. I also have an Epson R200 attached to an XP box and all the PCs that need to can print to that as well. They all seem to manage to acquire the necessary drivers without disks or hassle.

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