Hook up two printers on two home computers possible?
Posted 23 March 2012 - 07:03 PM
Posted 24 March 2012 - 07:54 AM
I am not sure what you are after here. Are these computers networked? Probably the best way to do this is to network the printer (or printers) and then everyone can print to the printer. This is best done with a print server.
Just checking to see if one can get both printers to work each for it's own computer.
That said, the All in One is already wireless, so it should already be network ready. For the Desk Jet, you may need a print server like one of these.
Posted 24 March 2012 - 09:09 AM
Posted 24 March 2012 - 10:05 AM
And where does the wireless printer connect to? Your wireless network? Or your computer? It should connect to your wireless network. Then everyone can print to it.
The wireless printer works wonderful on the main computer
And the other printer can do the same. You connect it (wirelessly, by Ethernet, or USB) to the router (or WAP - wireless access point, if not part of a "wireless router"). If this second printer is not wireless ready, it may need one of those servers.
And how is this printer physically connected? And what is the operating system for this computer? I NEVER uses those disks. I always go through Control Panel to add a printer and let Windows finds a driver for me. Otherwise, the CD will install all kinds of software you don't need. You may need to remove any printers it is currently configured for.
The secondary computer is in the back room
Posted 24 March 2012 - 12:46 PM
Posted 24 March 2012 - 05:09 PM
Posted 25 March 2012 - 07:26 AM
I am not concerned with how the printer gets power. I am concerned with how the printer is connected for data (print jobs). And note the router's primary function is to connect/isolate your network (everything on your side of the router) from that other network called the Internet. Most routers include a 4-port Ethernet "switch" in the same box to directly connect devices (computers, printers, network storage, etc.) to the network. Some routers also include a WAP (wireless access port) and are often (but incorrectly) called "wireless routers". They are really 3 separate network hardware devices that just happen to be in the same box.
The computer is hooked into a surge protecter and the router allows us to get internet on it.
You should not have to physically move any printer - not when you have a router and you can network the printers too. Then each computer can be setup to use both printers - depending on the default printer setting. There are several advantages to networking the printers. You don't have to tether a printer to a computer. No computer needs to be up and running (acting as a "host") for other computers to print. No computer needs to open up sharing for others to print. And the printer can be centrally located.
Posted 25 March 2012 - 09:08 AM
Posted 25 March 2012 - 09:29 AM
I am trying to avoid you having to lug a printer back and forth.
Posted 25 March 2012 - 10:07 AM
Posted 25 March 2012 - 10:20 AM
Do you need to print to both?
Posted 25 March 2012 - 11:10 AM
Posted 26 March 2012 - 07:14 AM
Let's deal with one computer at a time and we will start with your computer. Do you have a printer physically connected to it? And does it work? Which printer is that?
If you don't want your kids messing with your computer and your printer, you should use a good password on your user account.
Posted 26 March 2012 - 07:21 AM
Sharon's computer has the wireless printer already working with her system.
From what I am understanding the kids computer needs only to have access to the printer that is in the back room. It sounds like the other is also installed on the kids computers and may be causing the conflict now.
Posted 26 March 2012 - 09:17 AM
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