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Network Printer WITHOUT Host Computer or Server?

by Traulinger / July 18, 2007 1:11 AM PDT

This may not be possible. I have done quite a bit of internet research and can't seem to find anything. Is it possible to share a printer between two computers without a host computer or print server? The biggest reason I ask is because I get frustrated having to make sure the desktop is on when I want to print from the laptop. I would consider a print server if this fixed the problem but frankly, I'll go turn on the desktop before I'll shell out very much extra money. Thats why I was curious if a printer with an Ethernet port or wireless could connect directly to a router and communicate with the computers on my network. Thanks so much for your help!

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by colbox98 / July 18, 2007 1:32 AM PDT

The short answer is Yes. In fact that is probably the best/easiest way to do it. If you already have a printer with a built in Ethernet port (or wireless), and a switch or router, then you have everything you need. If you don't already have a printer with networking built in, you would have to purchase one with that capability. When you have all your hardware setup, then you need to setup the networking on your PCs. If you are using Windows XP there is a built in wizard that makes this pretty easy.

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by Traulinger / July 18, 2007 1:46 AM PDT
In reply to: Printer

Awesome, that is what I needed to know. So I'm assuming I can just use the ip address of the printer as a way to connect each computer to it manually. I'll just have to install the drivers on each computer individually which isn't much of a problem. Am I missing anything important in my thought process?

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No Prob
by colbox98 / July 18, 2007 1:56 AM PDT
In reply to: Thanks!

You will have to make sure that all of your equipment is on the same IP scheme. For example, if your printer is then you need to make sure that your computers are also on a 192.168.0.XX network. And then yes, you will need to setup the printer on each computer. To setup the printer the best way is to add the printer as a local printer, and then choose to create an IP port instead of using LPT1 or USB. Good luck.

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by Traulinger / July 18, 2007 2:12 AM PDT
In reply to: No Prob

Thanks again. It looks like I'm good to go. I actually haven't purchased the printer yet but knowing that a printer with wireless or Ethernet will do what I need, I feel more comfortable making a decision.

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Might I recommend a printer?
by Retheesh / August 5, 2007 5:02 AM PDT
In reply to: Great!

Since you haven't actually purchased the printer yet, I will recommend to you the HP Photosmart C6180 All-in-One. This printer has ethernet, wireless, and bluetooth for your networking needs. I would highly recommend networking your printer through the ROUTER so that all computers connected to the router will be able to print. You can do Wireless to Wireless Router or Ethernet to Wireless Router or Ethernet to Router, whatever you have. I have mine setup as Ethernet to Wireless Router so that both my Desktop, connected through ethernet and my laptop, connected through wireless, can use the printer. The driver CD that comes included with the printer is straightforward, so there is no need to monkey around with the settings. The CDs are Color-labeled so that you know which CD to use.

The reason I chose a 6100 series printer vs the 7100 series is because of price, and the problems I've read about the 7100 series. Though, since I've never used one, I don't know if they are good or not. I can only give you a testimony on the C6180. Other features include 6-color ink system which produces approximately double the pages, per cartridge, compared to the Canon MP830, which I used to own. Cartridges are cheaper when you buy in pack, about half the price of Canon. It has Printer-Copier-Scanner-Fax features. The Fax is fully-functional, unlike the Canon. I set the fax to answer from the answering machine, so once the C6180 hears the fax tone being played through the answering machine, it will pick up and print out the fax. It supports direct camera or direct memory card printing. It has its own small LCD to preview pictures. Oh yeah, it cleans itself after the printing job is done, so there is NO wait time when printing.

So there you have it, get this printer. I am not putting down Canon in any way except for its Fax(partially functional) and networking(NONE!) features. I recommend Canons for non-networked computers. But for everything else (price, fax, and networking), I recommend HP C6180. Available at Circuit City.

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by Traulinger / August 5, 2007 5:26 AM PDT

I appreciate the suggestion. I haven't yet bought a printer but I am definitely doing my research and will look into the HP you suggested.

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