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Connect 8 computers to 4 printers?

Discussion in 'Networking' started by gr8n8, Oct 7, 2008.

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  1. gr8n8

    gr8n8 Thread Starter

    Oct 7, 2008
    I currently have 8 computers running different OS's (Win98, WinXP, Vista, Solaris, Ubuntu, and Redhat) conneted through a KVM switch to share mouse, keyboard, and monitor. I do not want to leave any computer running all the time to share the printers and I do not want to add a server to my configuration. Currently, I have a Linksys broadband with wireless router serving internet to all computers. I also have a usb hub that has all 4 printers and external hard drives connected to it and it is connected to one computer at a time. Every time I need it for a different computer, I have to unconnected it from that computer and connect it to the one that now needs it. What equipment would I need to be able to have a wireless printer switch for all four printers to connect wirelessly to my Linksys router and how can I go about setting up a hub for all my external hard drives to be shared to each computer?
  2. DoubleHelix

    DoubleHelix Banned

    Dec 9, 2004
    You need a print server and network adapters for your USB devices.
  3. avisitor


    Jul 12, 2008
    What would have made sense was to buy a KVM that also did USB switching. ;)

    Belkin makes a product that can share USB devices over a network.
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