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What's the best way to network a printer?

Discussion in 'Networking' started by Mulderator, Aug 10, 2006.

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  1. Mulderator

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    Right now I have my printers (two) hooked up to my main server computer, which is usually on. However, if that computer is off, then the printer is obviously not available. I want to set it up so that the printers are always available to any computer on the network as long as the printers are on.

    Right now I have a Linksys Router BEFSX41 because I need the VPN tunnel capabilities. I also have a separate Linksys wireless router, WRT55AG that is hooked into the BEFSX41 so there are ports available on that.

    Do I need to buy another router that supports a printer? Whats the best way to do that?
     
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    Mulder what kind of printer?

    If its an all in one keep it direct connected as going networked you lose all the all in one functionality except printing. If its JUST a printer you want to buy an ethernet print server (or you can replace your whole getup with something like the one suggested above). There are a TON of them out there and the big determining factors are interfaces and models.

    E.G. is your printer a USB or Parallel port printer? What is the make/model of the printer?

    Some printers DON'T support network printing and require a bidirectional direct connection to the PC.

    Most HP's are pretty safe taking off the PC and dumping onto any old print server.
     
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    The best way is to buy a network capable printer. :)
     
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    It looks like any print server should work with it you just want to make sure its a USB print server. I tend to perfer jetdirects as those I know support direct TCP/IP printing and don't require any extra software installed on any PC that supports TCP/IP printing. They tend to be pricey though.
     
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    You got a link to one.

    What about these newegg onese:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...N=2010330387&Submit=ENE&Nty=1&Subcategory=387
     
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    from newegg you want any of these really -

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...5110068+1135310100&Submit=ENE&Subcategory=387

    All are RJ-45 to USB 2.0 and theres 7 of them. I should think any will work. If I had to pick from those I would probably go IOGEAR or USR but note on the USR you have to load something on each client big negative in my book). IOGEAR has no reviews for me to know off hand if this is required.

    Here is an good HP jetdirect thats USB -

    http://www.shopping.hp.com/webapp/s...e_type=product_detail&product_code=J6035G#ABA

    you can probably find it cheaper at a non HP site.
     
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