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Printer sharing with USB

Discussion in 'Electronic Design' started by petrus bitbyter, Sep 4, 2003.

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  1. Dear readers.

    The problem.
    I have two computers, one running windows xt, the other running windows me.
    They're tied together using windows file and printer sharing in order to
    share a Lexmark X83 printer(, scanner, copier.) But it does work and this
    time old uncle Billies windows are not to blame for it. Lexmark themselves
    told it cannot be done in this combination.

    Looking for a solution.
    Looking for a solution, the old printersharing boxes come to mind. I know
    both serial- and parallel types but I did not see USB types yet. A little
    Google learns they nevertheless exist.

    The question.
    So apart from buying one via the internet, can some tell what's in that
    boxes? Are they simply switching the lines like the old ones did or is do
    they contain a required lot of intelligence to satisfy the (dis)connected
    printer(s)? Someone has experience with this type of boxes? Someone ever had
    build one? I like all information you may supply as I don't like to
    re-invent existing things.

    pieter

    (If you want to be sure your posting reaches me, you can mail it as well. I
    check the groups at least once a day but the newsserver of my provider
    (Chello that's UPC) too often misses postings even some of the ones I wrote
    myself. Too bad it's the only broadband provider in my place for the
    moment.)
     
  2. Joel Moore

    Joel Moore Guest

    Then you should buy one (sorry, I guess that's not in the spirit of this
    group).
     
  3. Joel,

    I got that idea already like I said in my original posting. Now we're both
    spilling energy on it.

    pieter
     
  4. I have two computers, one running windows xt, the other running windows me.
    Would it be too simple to just plug into either computer as required?
    Even if your USB sockets are round the back, it's quite easy after a
    little practice.
     
  5. Gary Tait

    Gary Tait Guest

    You could probably make a USB A/B switch. Only 4 lines.
     
  6. Jim Thompson

    Jim Thompson Guest

    Ethernet Cards are cheap. Why not a network?

    ...Jim Thompson
     
  7. Gary Tait

    Gary Tait Guest

    Becuase it seems to only be for printing, not the other functions of
    and all-in-one scanner/printer.
     
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