USB Print Server

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by Norm, Sep 14, 2004.

  1. Norm

    Norm Guest

    I currently have an HP 1012 Laserjet connected to my second computer
    (win98) which is networked (shared) to my main computer (winxp). The only
    problem is that the win98 computer must be turned on to print from the xp
    computer.

    If I use a USB print server on the win98 computer will that allow me to
    print from the xp computer without turning on the the win98 PC?
    Norm, Sep 14, 2004
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  2. Norm

    Eric Gill Guest

    "Norm" <> wrote in
    news:N%J1d.398$:

    > I currently have an HP 1012 Laserjet connected to my second computer
    > (win98) which is networked (shared) to my main computer (winxp). The
    > only problem is that the win98 computer must be turned on to print
    > from the xp computer.
    >
    > If I use a USB print server on the win98 computer


    The USB cable plugs into the printer. The print server is connected to your
    network, either by cable or by wireless if you want to spend the extra $$$.

    > will that allow me
    > to print from the xp computer without turning on the the win98 PC?


    Well, yes. That's the point of a print server.
    Eric Gill, Sep 15, 2004
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  3. Norm

    Guest

    On Tue, 14 Sep 2004 22:10:53 GMT, "Norm" <> wrote:

    >I currently have an HP 1012 Laserjet connected to my second computer
    >(win98) which is networked (shared) to my main computer (winxp). The only
    >problem is that the win98 computer must be turned on to print from the xp
    >computer.
    >
    >If I use a USB print server on the win98 computer will that allow me to
    >print from the xp computer without turning on the the win98 PC?
    >


    I don't know the answer to your specific question, but you
    might check to see if your printer has both USB and parallel ports.

    If so, check the docs to find out whether it can auto-switch
    between the two and connect each computer to a different interface
    assuming they're physically near enough to do so. I've worked in the
    past with printers which had network, parallel and serial (for use as
    a plotter) ports. They were able to service whichever port activity
    was detected on. Then, if another port became active while printing
    from the first, they would service the second port in turn.
    , Sep 15, 2004
    #3
  4. Norm

    spodosaurus Guest

    wrote:
    > On Tue, 14 Sep 2004 22:10:53 GMT, "Norm" <> wrote:
    >
    >
    >>I currently have an HP 1012 Laserjet connected to my second computer
    >>(win98) which is networked (shared) to my main computer (winxp). The only
    >>problem is that the win98 computer must be turned on to print from the xp
    >>computer.
    >>
    >>If I use a USB print server on the win98 computer will that allow me to
    >>print from the xp computer without turning on the the win98 PC?
    >>

    >
    >
    > I don't know the answer to your specific question, but you
    > might check to see if your printer has both USB and parallel ports.
    >
    > If so, check the docs to find out whether it can auto-switch
    > between the two and connect each computer to a different interface
    > assuming they're physically near enough to do so. I've worked in the
    > past with printers which had network, parallel and serial (for use as
    > a plotter) ports. They were able to service whichever port activity
    > was detected on. Then, if another port became active while printing
    > from the first, they would service the second port in turn.


    The parallel interface is so incredibly slow that this is not a viable
    option for printing photos.

    --
    spammage trappage: replace fishies_ with yahoo
    spodosaurus, Sep 15, 2004
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  5. Norm

    Tom Scales Guest

    What? Parallel is actually quite fast.


    "spodosaurus" <spodosaurus@_yahoo_.com> wrote in message
    news:41480d20$...
    > wrote:
    >> On Tue, 14 Sep 2004 22:10:53 GMT, "Norm" <> wrote:

    > The parallel interface is so incredibly slow that this is not a viable
    > option for printing photos.
    >
    > --
    > spammage trappage: replace fishies_ with yahoo
    Tom Scales, Sep 15, 2004
    #5
  6. Norm

    spodosaurus Guest

    Tom Scales wrote:
    > What? Parallel is actually quite fast.
    >
    >


    Not compared to usb. But I am probably mixing something up in my memory
    regarding photo printing and parallel.

    > "spodosaurus" <spodosaurus@_yahoo_.com> wrote in message
    > news:41480d20$...
    >
    >> wrote:
    >>
    >>>On Tue, 14 Sep 2004 22:10:53 GMT, "Norm" <> wrote:

    >>
    >>The parallel interface is so incredibly slow that this is not a viable
    >>option for printing photos.
    >>
    >>--
    >>spammage trappage: replace fishies_ with yahoo

    >
    >
    >



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    spodosaurus, Sep 15, 2004
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  7. Norm

    Matt Guest

    On Tue, 14 Sep 2004 22:10:53 GMT, "Norm" <> wrote:

    >I currently have an HP 1012 Laserjet connected to my second computer
    >(win98) which is networked (shared) to my main computer (winxp). The only
    >problem is that the win98 computer must be turned on to print from the xp
    >computer.
    >
    >If I use a USB print server on the win98 computer will that allow me to
    >print from the xp computer without turning on the the win98 PC?


    If you use a an Ethernet or wireless to USB printer server, both
    machines will access the printer through an always-on server.

    The cheapest option, may be with a braodaband router
    http://www.origo2000.com/list-cat.php?CATE=broadband

    The first one on that list has a USB printer share capability, and is
    often found cheap or as a store own-brand supplied model.

    It's quite likely cheaper than a print server on its own, as the
    standalone print server tends to be a classed as a
    specialist/professional item, and priced accordingly.


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    Matt, Sep 15, 2004
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  8. Norm

    Guest

    On Wed, 15 Sep 2004 17:39:51 +0800, spodosaurus
    <spodosaurus@_yahoo_.com> wrote:

    > wrote:
    >> On Tue, 14 Sep 2004 22:10:53 GMT, "Norm" <> wrote:
    >>
    >>
    >>>I currently have an HP 1012 Laserjet connected to my second computer
    >>>(win98) which is networked (shared) to my main computer (winxp). The only
    >>>problem is that the win98 computer must be turned on to print from the xp
    >>>computer.
    >>>
    >>>If I use a USB print server on the win98 computer will that allow me to
    >>>print from the xp computer without turning on the the win98 PC?
    >>>

    >>
    >>
    >> I don't know the answer to your specific question, but you
    >> might check to see if your printer has both USB and parallel ports.
    >>
    >> If so, check the docs to find out whether it can auto-switch
    >> between the two and connect each computer to a different interface
    >> assuming they're physically near enough to do so. I've worked in the
    >> past with printers which had network, parallel and serial (for use as
    >> a plotter) ports. They were able to service whichever port activity
    >> was detected on. Then, if another port became active while printing
    >> from the first, they would service the second port in turn.

    >
    >The parallel interface is so incredibly slow that this is not a viable
    >option for printing photos.


    1. Connect the USB side to the computer you'll normally use
    for photos.

    2. Unless you're running some kind of production shop, find
    something useful to do instead of watching the dots appear on paper.

    3. Use a solution that requires a cash outlay.
    , Sep 16, 2004
    #8
  9. Norm

    George Guest

    <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > On Wed, 15 Sep 2004 17:39:51 +0800, spodosaurus
    > <spodosaurus@_yahoo_.com> wrote:
    >
    > > wrote:
    > >> On Tue, 14 Sep 2004 22:10:53 GMT, "Norm" <> wrote:
    > >>
    > >>
    > >>>I currently have an HP 1012 Laserjet connected to my second computer
    > >>>(win98) which is networked (shared) to my main computer (winxp). The

    only
    > >>>problem is that the win98 computer must be turned on to print from the

    xp
    > >>>computer.
    > >>>
    > >>>If I use a USB print server on the win98 computer will that allow me to
    > >>>print from the xp computer without turning on the the win98 PC?
    > >>>
    > >>
    > >>
    > >> I don't know the answer to your specific question, but you
    > >> might check to see if your printer has both USB and parallel ports.
    > >>
    > >> If so, check the docs to find out whether it can auto-switch
    > >> between the two and connect each computer to a different interface
    > >> assuming they're physically near enough to do so. I've worked in the
    > >> past with printers which had network, parallel and serial (for use as
    > >> a plotter) ports. They were able to service whichever port activity
    > >> was detected on. Then, if another port became active while printing
    > >> from the first, they would service the second port in turn.

    > >
    > >The parallel interface is so incredibly slow that this is not a viable
    > >option for printing photos.

    >
    > 1. Connect the USB side to the computer you'll normally use
    > for photos.
    >
    > 2. Unless you're running some kind of production shop, find
    > something useful to do instead of watching the dots appear on paper.
    >
    > 3. Use a solution that requires a cash outlay.
    >

    If by "networked", you mean that they have Ethernet cards in them, then yes,
    a USB printserver will allow you to do what you want. I use a D-Link
    DP-300U, 3 port, printserver with my USB printer and it works fine. My
    parallel port printers are on a different floor and use a Linksys EPSX-3
    (the old, original one). I have computers running WinXP-Home, Win98FE,
    Win98SE and WinME and they all play together nicely and print without
    problems. FWIW, the USB printer that I am using with the DP-300U is an
    Epson R200 (for printing CDs and DVDs)...I know neither Epson nor D-Link
    gives much useful info on what will (or won't) work together...the Epson
    site kind of implies that a lot of USB printservers won't work with their
    latest printers and only list compatibility with discontinued models of
    printers...thanks Epson. Printservers are the handiest way to fly!

    George
    George, Sep 16, 2004
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  10. Norm

    Aki Ahonen Guest

    I would like to know about shipping of canon EOS 20D, is it availeble in
    YOUR country and when was it?

    "George" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    >
    > <> wrote in message
    > news:...
    >> On Wed, 15 Sep 2004 17:39:51 +0800, spodosaurus
    >> <spodosaurus@_yahoo_.com> wrote:
    >>
    >> > wrote:
    >> >> On Tue, 14 Sep 2004 22:10:53 GMT, "Norm" <> wrote:
    >> >>
    >> >>
    >> >>>I currently have an HP 1012 Laserjet connected to my second computer
    >> >>>(win98) which is networked (shared) to my main computer (winxp). The

    > only
    >> >>>problem is that the win98 computer must be turned on to print from the

    > xp
    >> >>>computer.
    >> >>>
    >> >>>If I use a USB print server on the win98 computer will that allow me
    >> >>>to
    >> >>>print from the xp computer without turning on the the win98 PC?
    >> >>>
    >> >>
    >> >>
    >> >> I don't know the answer to your specific question, but you
    >> >> might check to see if your printer has both USB and parallel ports.
    >> >>
    >> >> If so, check the docs to find out whether it can auto-switch
    >> >> between the two and connect each computer to a different interface
    >> >> assuming they're physically near enough to do so. I've worked in the
    >> >> past with printers which had network, parallel and serial (for use as
    >> >> a plotter) ports. They were able to service whichever port activity
    >> >> was detected on. Then, if another port became active while printing
    >> >> from the first, they would service the second port in turn.
    >> >
    >> >The parallel interface is so incredibly slow that this is not a viable
    >> >option for printing photos.

    >>
    >> 1. Connect the USB side to the computer you'll normally use
    >> for photos.
    >>
    >> 2. Unless you're running some kind of production shop, find
    >> something useful to do instead of watching the dots appear on paper.
    >>
    >> 3. Use a solution that requires a cash outlay.
    >>

    > If by "networked", you mean that they have Ethernet cards in them, then
    > yes,
    > a USB printserver will allow you to do what you want. I use a D-Link
    > DP-300U, 3 port, printserver with my USB printer and it works fine. My
    > parallel port printers are on a different floor and use a Linksys EPSX-3
    > (the old, original one). I have computers running WinXP-Home, Win98FE,
    > Win98SE and WinME and they all play together nicely and print without
    > problems. FWIW, the USB printer that I am using with the DP-300U is an
    > Epson R200 (for printing CDs and DVDs)...I know neither Epson nor D-Link
    > gives much useful info on what will (or won't) work together...the Epson
    > site kind of implies that a lot of USB printservers won't work with their
    > latest printers and only list compatibility with discontinued models of
    > printers...thanks Epson. Printservers are the handiest way to fly!
    >
    > George
    >
    >
    Aki Ahonen, Sep 16, 2004
    #10
  11. Norm

    George Guest

    How does ship dates of EOS 20D cameras relate to this thread on print
    servers? You must have posted to the wrong thread or need to start a new
    thread. Besides, isn't the camera just a marketing announcement at this
    point?

    "Aki Ahonen" <> wrote in message
    news:QNo2d.494$...
    > I would like to know about shipping of canon EOS 20D, is it availeble in
    > YOUR country and when was it?
    >
    > "George" <> wrote in message
    > news:...
    > >
    > > <> wrote in message
    > > news:...
    > >> On Wed, 15 Sep 2004 17:39:51 +0800, spodosaurus
    > >> <spodosaurus@_yahoo_.com> wrote:
    > >>
    > >> > wrote:
    > >> >> On Tue, 14 Sep 2004 22:10:53 GMT, "Norm" <>

    wrote:
    > >> >>
    > >> >>
    > >> >>>I currently have an HP 1012 Laserjet connected to my second computer
    > >> >>>(win98) which is networked (shared) to my main computer (winxp).

    The
    > > only
    > >> >>>problem is that the win98 computer must be turned on to print from

    the
    > > xp
    > >> >>>computer.
    > >> >>>
    > >> >>>If I use a USB print server on the win98 computer will that allow me
    > >> >>>to
    > >> >>>print from the xp computer without turning on the the win98 PC?
    > >> >>>
    > >> >>
    > >> >>
    > >> >> I don't know the answer to your specific question, but you
    > >> >> might check to see if your printer has both USB and parallel ports.
    > >> >>
    > >> >> If so, check the docs to find out whether it can auto-switch
    > >> >> between the two and connect each computer to a different interface
    > >> >> assuming they're physically near enough to do so. I've worked in the
    > >> >> past with printers which had network, parallel and serial (for use

    as
    > >> >> a plotter) ports. They were able to service whichever port activity
    > >> >> was detected on. Then, if another port became active while printing
    > >> >> from the first, they would service the second port in turn.
    > >> >
    > >> >The parallel interface is so incredibly slow that this is not a viable
    > >> >option for printing photos.
    > >>
    > >> 1. Connect the USB side to the computer you'll normally use
    > >> for photos.
    > >>
    > >> 2. Unless you're running some kind of production shop, find
    > >> something useful to do instead of watching the dots appear on paper.
    > >>
    > >> 3. Use a solution that requires a cash outlay.
    > >>

    > > If by "networked", you mean that they have Ethernet cards in them, then
    > > yes,
    > > a USB printserver will allow you to do what you want. I use a D-Link
    > > DP-300U, 3 port, printserver with my USB printer and it works fine. My
    > > parallel port printers are on a different floor and use a Linksys EPSX-3
    > > (the old, original one). I have computers running WinXP-Home, Win98FE,
    > > Win98SE and WinME and they all play together nicely and print without
    > > problems. FWIW, the USB printer that I am using with the DP-300U is an
    > > Epson R200 (for printing CDs and DVDs)...I know neither Epson nor D-Link
    > > gives much useful info on what will (or won't) work together...the Epson
    > > site kind of implies that a lot of USB printservers won't work with

    their
    > > latest printers and only list compatibility with discontinued models of
    > > printers...thanks Epson. Printservers are the handiest way to fly!
    > >
    > > George
    > >
    > >

    >
    >
    George, Sep 17, 2004
    #11
  12. Norm

    Aki Ahonen Guest

    I just clicked some wrong buttons, sorry :)

    "George" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > How does ship dates of EOS 20D cameras relate to this thread on print
    > servers? You must have posted to the wrong thread or need to start a new
    > thread. Besides, isn't the camera just a marketing announcement at this
    > point?
    >
    > "Aki Ahonen" <> wrote in message
    > news:QNo2d.494$...
    >> I would like to know about shipping of canon EOS 20D, is it availeble in
    >> YOUR country and when was it?
    >>
    >> "George" <> wrote in message
    >> news:...
    >> >
    >> > <> wrote in message
    >> > news:...
    >> >> On Wed, 15 Sep 2004 17:39:51 +0800, spodosaurus
    >> >> <spodosaurus@_yahoo_.com> wrote:
    >> >>
    >> >> > wrote:
    >> >> >> On Tue, 14 Sep 2004 22:10:53 GMT, "Norm" <>

    > wrote:
    >> >> >>
    >> >> >>
    >> >> >>>I currently have an HP 1012 Laserjet connected to my second
    >> >> >>>computer
    >> >> >>>(win98) which is networked (shared) to my main computer (winxp).

    > The
    >> > only
    >> >> >>>problem is that the win98 computer must be turned on to print from

    > the
    >> > xp
    >> >> >>>computer.
    >> >> >>>
    >> >> >>>If I use a USB print server on the win98 computer will that allow
    >> >> >>>me
    >> >> >>>to
    >> >> >>>print from the xp computer without turning on the the win98 PC?
    >> >> >>>
    >> >> >>
    >> >> >>
    >> >> >> I don't know the answer to your specific question, but you
    >> >> >> might check to see if your printer has both USB and parallel ports.
    >> >> >>
    >> >> >> If so, check the docs to find out whether it can auto-switch
    >> >> >> between the two and connect each computer to a different interface
    >> >> >> assuming they're physically near enough to do so. I've worked in
    >> >> >> the
    >> >> >> past with printers which had network, parallel and serial (for use

    > as
    >> >> >> a plotter) ports. They were able to service whichever port activity
    >> >> >> was detected on. Then, if another port became active while printing
    >> >> >> from the first, they would service the second port in turn.
    >> >> >
    >> >> >The parallel interface is so incredibly slow that this is not a
    >> >> >viable
    >> >> >option for printing photos.
    >> >>
    >> >> 1. Connect the USB side to the computer you'll normally use
    >> >> for photos.
    >> >>
    >> >> 2. Unless you're running some kind of production shop, find
    >> >> something useful to do instead of watching the dots appear on paper.
    >> >>
    >> >> 3. Use a solution that requires a cash outlay.
    >> >>
    >> > If by "networked", you mean that they have Ethernet cards in them, then
    >> > yes,
    >> > a USB printserver will allow you to do what you want. I use a D-Link
    >> > DP-300U, 3 port, printserver with my USB printer and it works fine. My
    >> > parallel port printers are on a different floor and use a Linksys
    >> > EPSX-3
    >> > (the old, original one). I have computers running WinXP-Home, Win98FE,
    >> > Win98SE and WinME and they all play together nicely and print without
    >> > problems. FWIW, the USB printer that I am using with the DP-300U is an
    >> > Epson R200 (for printing CDs and DVDs)...I know neither Epson nor
    >> > D-Link
    >> > gives much useful info on what will (or won't) work together...the
    >> > Epson
    >> > site kind of implies that a lot of USB printservers won't work with

    > their
    >> > latest printers and only list compatibility with discontinued models of
    >> > printers...thanks Epson. Printservers are the handiest way to fly!
    >> >
    >> > George
    >> >
    >> >

    >>
    >>

    >
    >
    Aki Ahonen, Sep 17, 2004
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