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 Post subject: Hooking up a printer to two laptops, without networking
 Post Posted: Thu Aug 28, 2008 7:28 pm 
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I have an older Brother laser printer, and it has two ports, a parallel port, and a USB port. I am getting a second T61 tomorrow, and I want to be able to print from both of my printers without any problems, although not concurrently. There is a networking adapter for my printer, but it is expensive enough that it would make more sense to simply purchase another printer. What I want to know is do Y-USB cables exist, and if so, can I hook the tail into the printer and the legs into each laptop without issue, as long as they aren't each sending print jobs at the same time? Or would I need to buy a USB hub and a second USB cable? Or am I forced to hook up one via parallel, and one via USB? Thanks.


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 Post subject: Re: Hooking up a printer to two laptops, without networking
 Post Posted: Thu Aug 28, 2008 8:32 pm 
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Share the printer and you can access it from any other system on your network. Old PCs or laptops make great servers, which can share files and/or printers: viewtopic.php?p=2139#p2139

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 Post subject: Re: Hooking up a printer to two laptops, without networking
 Post Posted: Thu Aug 28, 2008 8:42 pm 
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Well, I'm not really looking to convert one of them into a printer server, or have them always both on at the same time. I just want them to be compartmentalized, and sharing the same printer.


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 Post subject: Re: Hooking up a printer to two laptops, without networking
 Post Posted: Fri Aug 29, 2008 7:39 am 
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You could connect one via parallel and the other via USB, but networking them is a much better option. You could use an inexpensive print server like this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6833130049

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