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Solved: Can I connect a Printer to home network thru routers usb slot?

Discussion in 'Networking' started by xpsolutions, Apr 20, 2010.

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  1. xpsolutions

    xpsolutions Thread Starter

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    I have three home desktop computers all with windows 7 ultimate and connected to internet by ethernet cable via a Dlink n router DIR 628.

    I know I can connect a printer installed to one computer and then sharing it through Windows 7's homegroup sharing. But I guess the printer can't be shared if the computer its plugged to is not ON.

    The Dlink router has a usb slot at the back. Can I share the Printer on the home network thru the routers usb slot?. The printer has no ethernet port.
     
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    support site for that dlink http://www.dlink.com/products/?pid=670 - with manual - click on "support resources"
    The USB appears to be available only to setup wireless settings - so NO you cant use for printer - But you can buy print servers which will connect to the LAN connection - USB print server HUB - belkin make 2 one for just lan and one for wireless - but there others available
     
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    xpsolutions Thread Starter

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    thanks for the info etaf. I found out that Yes one can install a printer or a storage device like an external hard drive on the network through the usb port on the router.
    Since my router is Dlink, I installed the Shareport Utility and after installation it asked to plug in the printer or storage device and it automatically detected it.
     
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