Ethernet - Hub OR Switch!

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emac921

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Another thought for changing my network for printer only sharing.

All things being equal, which hardware item will be better for printer sharing - Hub or Switch. I don't want to have to redo my cabling.

I understand a hub or switch will change the direction internally, so I don't have to buy any cross-over patch cables, but just plug each computer in to the hub or switch - right?

The other alternative is to buy a second cheap printer, but that entails cartridge additions at a later date.

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Max19

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Your printer won't connect directly to a hub or a switch. It'll connect to one of the computers, and then you'll have to set up printer sharing.

If you already have a functioning network where computers can see each other and share files, then just connect the printer to one of the computers and share it across the network.
 

emac921

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I am now using a router because of a Cable ISP hookup. My printer is on unit "A" and can be accessed by Unit "B".

When I change to a dial up I need to be able to have printer sharing from A to B, however I was told I had to have a cross-over cable for this to work.

Can I change one patch cable from straight-thru to cross-over at Unit "A". Will that give me the capability to have printer sharing.

My set-up is;
Unit "A" NIC
6' Straight-thru patch cable to Wall Plate
Wall Plate to 60" over attic (straight-thru) to another Wall Plate
Wall Plate thru 15' straight-thru patch cord to Unit "B" NIC

My understanding is I will have to have a cross-over because of hooking up puter to puter, no longer thru the router.

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Your understanding is correct, because you have no switch or hub within this chain one of the patch leads will have to be a crossovr, MAX19 is both correct and incorrect depending on what printer you have, if this is just a general small office / home printer then he is correct but, however if this printer has network capabilities as mine does then you will need a hub/switch and your cable config can stay the same.
 
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You would need a Crossover Cable from one NIC to the other. You apparently have 3 cable lengths so No, you cannot just change one of the cables to crossover cable and accomplish the print sharing. you would have to change them all.

Another Option:

I think you can accomplish what you are trying to do with a simple hub.

For example, you could use:

one piece of cable to connect COMPUTER A to the HUB:

then another cable from HUB to the WALL PLATE

you already have one from WALL PLATE to WALL PLATE

then another from the other WALL PLATE to COMPUTER B.

Then you can use FILE AND PRINT SHARING through your Microsoft network.

If I counted right that would mean 4 lengths of cable but not crossover cable.

Hope I understood the Q correctly and I hope I did not leave out anything.
 

emac921

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I have all the cables you speak of - they are ALL straight-thru, so
I only need a hub?? OR switch??
 

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Just connect the printer to one of your computers, and set up file and print sharing to share it accross the network. You have all the equipment you need.
 
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