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How Do I Connect 2 Computers to 1 Printer & One Internet Cable Modem?

Discussion in 'Networking' started by bizwiz2, Apr 15, 2005.

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  1. bizwiz2

    bizwiz2 Thread Starter

    May 8, 2002

    I was told that I can use a wireless router to connect 2 computers to a single printer & also connect both computers to the internet via a single cable & modem. How would I do that? I think I understand the internet part. I need a cable from the modem to the router and then two cables from the router, with one going to each computer. Is that correct? If not, please enlighten me.

    Then what about the printer? How would the connections be configured so that either computer can print with the one printer?

  2. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

    Oct 19, 2002
    You can either connect the printer to one of the machines and share it, or buy a print server so that the printer is independent of either machine. The only downside of connecting it to one computer is that you'll need that machine to be on to print (obviously). :)

    What you described with cables all around doesn't require a wireless router, though a wireless router will do the job, as they also have wired ports.
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