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Sharing Files & Printer over a Network


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Hi

If I were to share my files and printer over a network, will I be able to access the files of a computer(1) on the network using another computer(2) when the PC(1) is not on? Also, can I print using a computer(2) on the network when the computer(1) with the printer installed is not on?
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Hi. I'm going to try to put this in a way that's clear... Say you move all your files you want shared to computer #1. If you turn computer #1 off, you cannot access those shared files. Also, if Coputer #1 has the printer attached to it via USB or some other form of connection, and it's shared, as well as the computer being off, then it cannot be seen from another computer. In this case, it sounds like Computer #1 is the host computer. In order to access any network resources besides internet connection, computer #1 must be on.

Edited by Stormknight6, 22 December 2006 - 08:59 AM.

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If that's the case, is there a way where i can share my printer over the network such that the computer connected to the printer does not have to be on?

Also, how do u create a network? If I have 2 computers connected to a modem, one via USB and the other via LAN, is this considered a network? Both shares the same internet connection.
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If you can share printers and such then I'm tempted to say that it's a network. I think you can buy a hub that will make it so your printer has its own signal, no hosting computer... We'll have to research that.
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It's called a print server, but you'd need a router of some type to make it work, since you're already using the only two ports available.

http://www.tigerdire.....=print server
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