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printer port

by lawton34 / February 7, 2006 10:59 PM PST

I have a smc 4 port router with 3 computers conected and printer conected to parallel print port.
New printer will have USB conection only. Question, better to get a new router or a print server?
(all wired connections)

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You said the new printer "will have" USB only
by Steven Haninger / February 8, 2006 9:16 PM PST
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Does this mean you haven't already bought it? If so, does it come in a network ready version that would have LAN capability already? If so, go that route. If not, you can get a print server but just make sure it's compatible with that particular printer. Not all such servers work with all printers...especially all-in-ones. This same would hold if you got a new router w/usb print server....it might not work. LAN capable printers are the best way to go IMO.

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PS 4000
by hastg / December 3, 2007 2:02 AM PST

excuse me I have a question how can I configure the printer server? I only have a pwr cable and the USB cable that connects to the printer. Am I missing a cable

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hastg, be careful when jumping into someone elses posts.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 3, 2007 2:32 AM PST
In reply to: PS 4000

Your questions don't seem related to what's under discussion. You may be upset as others confuse you with the original issue and poster.

Bob

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This is an old thread but, FWIW
by Steven Haninger / December 7, 2007 10:22 AM PST
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If your printer is USB only, you have two options. You can share the printer on the network or you can use a print server connected to it. Configuring the print server is usually done by connecting to its web interface with a browser. You need to know it's IP address which should be included in the instructions. You will need to change that address to one within your network range. It will be fixed. You will need to create a TCP/IP port on each PC using it. This is easy with XP. You use the address you gave the printer when configuring the port on the PCs. Hope that helps.

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Addendum
by Steven Haninger / December 7, 2007 10:47 AM PST

It can be done using dynamic addressing but I prefer static for printers using a server. I find it easier and I can label the device with it's IP address and create a book mark to it for administration purposes.

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