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Peripheral Sharing

I have a simple Windows XP network between two machines at home, they share an internet connection and a printer, However can I share other Peripheral Devices, I'd like to share a Webcam and other USB Devices such as Scanners, Cameras, PDA cradles e.t.c Is this possible?

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Windows doesn't implement such sharing. You may have seen a scanner sharing offering in past years, but support for such showed it wasn't a good idea. Wish it was still offered.

Bob

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That's just so dumb, no third party apps that can take care of the situation? Also Something else that's bugging me is that At the moment I am doing alot of CD Creation and burning often using up all my drives on my server, I'd really like to use the Drives on the Other machine to play music on the Server, but It doesent work!

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Why is this "dumb"? Remember you are writing about a consumer grade OS. If you want such items, you have to kick it up a notch to another OS or system.

For example, CDRECORD in linux can be used across the network and similar command line tools to use a remote scanner. You can wrap stuff up with the GUI you write.

Seems you are in the market for another OS.

Bob

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With Windows, Microsoft added all of this networking stuff as an afterthought, and as a very direct result of that Windows is pretty limited in the things it can do.

If you had an all Linux setup, it might be a pain in the *** to configure some of those things, but it should be possible to do what you want. But this is because Linux is based on the Unix design philosophy where the operating system doesn't really care if something is physically attached to the computer or halfway around the world on some sort of network. It just sends signals to whatever place you tell it, and it waits for a response. Windows, OTOH, needs to have some sort of software installed on the system for things to work properly, and unless that software supports some sort of network transparency, you're pretty much SOL. About the only exceptions are directories on a remote computer and printers. I have yet to see anyone manage to even manage to share something like a CD-ROM drive with another Windows system, let alone a scanner, PDA cradel, webcams, etc. You'll either have to buy two of each, or move them between systems.

Using a rather ugly hack of KVM like devices and stringing about twice the amount of cable, you could probably get about 90% of what you want. If everything worked perfectly, at the flick of a switch, you could essentially connect any of those devices to either computer, but only one could use them at a time.

VNC or Remote Desktop is another possibility, but IMO that one's more trouble than it's worth, even compared to the huge amounts of work for the other suggestion. Aside from VNC/Remote Desktop, you'd need some sort of seconday connection to be able to move files between the systems which would ultimately complicate things more for most people. With the cable, once you get it working, you don't have to touch it again.

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Actually I watched such being developed. Microsoft took its cue from NOVELL and what was offered by it's file and printer servers. Very little else in functionality was added.

Bob

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