USB printer splitter

Old Jul 20th 2011, 9:08 am
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Default USB printer splitter

Anyone know where I can buy one of these in Abu Dhabi?

(Allows 2 computers to access 1 non-wireless printer)
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Old Jul 20th 2011, 9:43 am
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Default Re: USB printer splitter

Unless you're switching a lot, I'd recommend going low-tech: get a usb extension cable, run it to the front/side of the printer, and run the usb cables from the computers to the same place. Then "switch" when needed.

If you ARE making heavy use of the printer from both computers, and both computers are networked, I'd look at getting a USB printer server and connecting it to the network instead.

But if you're determined to go this route, you can have a look for something like this:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B0036W6LKC/

A place like Sharaf DG or even Carrefour might have one, but I suspect you may have to order.
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Default Re: USB printer splitter

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Unless you're switching a lot, I'd recommend going low-tech: get a usb extension cable, run it to the front/side of the printer, and run the usb cables from the computers to the same place. Then "switch" when needed.

If you ARE making heavy use of the printer from both computers, and both computers are networked, I'd look at getting a USB printer server and connecting it to the network instead.

But if you're determined to go this route, you can have a look for something like this:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B0036W6LKC/

A place like Sharaf DG or even Carrefour might have one, but I suspect you may have to order.
Looked briefly for a cheap splitter and didnt find one but I was only getting one due to the printer not behaving on wireless.

Turned out it was the router being kak

You can get a wireless wouter with usb port that becomes a print server is another option.

Yet another option is the free version if your computers are on a network, just setup and share the printer on both PC's that way you can print if you have it hooked to your own machine or the other.
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Default Re: USB printer splitter

Thanks fellas. The printer and both machines are connected on the same network so will have a play about with the printer sharing option.
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Originally Posted by Oyibopeppeh View Post
Thanks fellas. The printer and both machines are connected on the same network so will have a play about with the printer sharing option.
Right click the printer and 'printer properties' then select sharing tab
Then you can browse to the others machine and right click the shared printer and select 'Connect' - That will install the drivers and setup the printer. You may need to setup the other persons user id and same password to allow this to happen


When I have done this before I rename the printer to something like

HP Laser Bobs PC
and
HP Laser Jims PC

Insted of HP laser and HP Laser (copy 1)

Set the default to their own machine or the one it is most likely to be connected to.
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Thanks fellas. The printer and both machines are connected on the same network so will have a play about with the printer sharing option.
If the printer is on the network already you shouldn't have to share it via a computer. Just install it as a network printer and job's done. Printer sharing is mainly used when a printer doesn't have a network connection but is connected permanently (e.g. via USB) to a single computer.

If you post the printer model it'd be easy to check how to make this happen.
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If the printer is on the network already you shouldn't have to share it via a computer. Just install it as a network printer and job's done. Printer sharing is mainly used when a printer doesn't have a network connection but is connected permanently (e.g. via USB) to a single computer.

If you post the printer model it'd be easy to check how to make this happen.

It's a Samsung 3185FW....almost new
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It's a Samsung 3185FW....almost new
W = Wireless?

Anyway, go here:
http://downloadcenter.samsung.com/co...start_here.htm

And follow the instructions for "Network Setup" and that should all work fine.
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W = Wireless?

Anyway, go here:
http://downloadcenter.samsung.com/co...start_here.htm

And follow the instructions for "Network Setup" and that should all work fine.
they may not have a wireless network
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they may not have a wireless network
The manual has instructions for wired networks too.
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Default Re: USB printer splitter

My mistake, it's a 3185FN Network but not wireless printer.

And we have a wireless network. Thanks for the link, I'll try it out.
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Plug it into your router then..?
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