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Peter2301

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I am trying to connect 2 x Windows Pcs to 5 x USB Printers, I need to be able to print from both computers to all 5 printers via USB as the printers dont have network cards. I have installed a USB Hub but it seems that, while the PC will see the printer it wont print to it? The printers are:
OKI C351 Laser
Ricoh 3510 Di-Sub Printer
Roland SP-750C Wide Format
and a wide format cutter

I cant use a print server as they are not ethernet ready. Any suggestions would be helpful. Thank you.
 

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A USB Hub will allow multiple printers (or other USB devices) to be connected to a computer. If you connected both computers to that Hub you may have damaged something.

But to connect a printer (or, in your case, a USB Hub) to multiple computers you need a USB Switch (example).
 

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If both computers are on consistently, you can connect the printer to one computer and allow other computers to print to it through the computer it's connected to.
 

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I cant use a print server as they are not ethernet ready.
If they were ethernet (or Wi-Fi) ready you wouldn't need a print server; just connect them to the router as a network printer.

You could use a USB print server for each printer. Maybe, not at all sure about this, you could use just one print server and connect all the printers to it via the USB Hub.
 
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