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Solved: hardwiring for shared printer

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by sammyclaws, Nov 28, 2008.

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  1. sammyclaws

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    I have my laptop & desktop both connected to the internet via a wireless router. They are both running XP home. I am currently unplugging my USB printer cable from the desktop, & plugging it into my laptop when I want to print from the laptop. I tried to network the two,but that resulted in corruption of both computers. Both slowed to a crawl & did all sorts of weird things. I used my Ghost images of both computers to restore them. I do not want to attempt networking again! If I plug a USB hub into my desktop, then connect one of the four ports to the printer. Can I then connect my laptop to one of the other four ports to allow either of the computers to use the printer? ( printer sharing enabled on both computers)
     
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    sammyclaws Thread Starter

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    After a lot of research, I was able to determine that hardwiring two computer into one printer is not possible with standard USB cabling or with a hub. However, A switching device is made especially for this purpose. I was able to purchase one of these on Ebay for about $25.00 complete with cables.
     
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    If the two computers are already networked with file and printer sharing enabled, there's nothing else to install that could cause any type of corruption. Only you know what exactly was done the last time you attempted this setup, but I speak from personal experiencing having configured printer sharing many times, that I've never seen any type of corruption that destroyed the entire operating system. There was definitely more involved that simply setting up a network and turning on file and printer sharing.
     
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