Can this be done

Discussion in 'Home Networking' started by Harry Bloomfield, May 18, 2012.

  1. Present system is a Netgear DG834G providing connection to broadband,
    plus wifi for laptops, plus 4 items connected via the 4x LAN ports of
    the Netgear. One of those wired LAN connected items is a mono laser
    printer, which has a colour laser printer sat alongside it, which is
    fitted with a LAN socket and USB.

    With no spare LAN socket on the router, I am presently using a Netgear
    Print server to connect the colour printer to the LAN via the USB. I
    don't need to print often and the printers are some distance away from
    where I normally work, so it is all fed from a remote controlled mains
    switch. It has always sort of worked eventually, but I'm wondering if
    it could be improved....

    The Print Server has 4x LAN sockets on the back, might I be better /
    more reliable connecting the colour printer via that, than the USB?

    Is there a sensible way to have the single LAN cable feed both
    printers? I have a second spare Netgear DG834G - could that be used to
    split the single LAN cable presently going to the mono printer, to feed
    both printers?

    Harry Bloomfield, May 18, 2012
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  2. Harry Bloomfield

    Rob Morley Guest

    Not seeing this clearly - are both printers Ethernet-capable? What's
    the print server doing? What's USB-connected to what? Maybe part
    names/numbers would be the most concise description, if you have them to
    Rob Morley, May 18, 2012
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  3. Harry Bloomfield

    Bernard Peek Guest

    Yes. You can use it as a four-port switch. You need to configure it
    properly though.

    It must have an IP address on the same subnet as your other machines but
    with an address that doesn't clash with anything else on the network.
    That probably means giving it a static IP address that is outside the
    range allocated by any DHCP server you already have.

    You can only have one DHCP server on the subnet and this is probably how
    your existing router is set up. Disable the DHCP server in the new router.
    Bernard Peek, May 18, 2012
  4. Rob Morley wrote :
    Lets call the two printers mono and colour.

    Mono has LAN port and parallel port with a direct wired LAN connection
    to main router.

    Colour has a LAN port and USB port.. LAN is not connected to it, as
    there is no spare port on the router and no cable in place. So what I
    did was installed a Netgear wireless Printserver, which has a USB
    connection and 4x LAN ports and connected to the colour printer by USB.
    The PS connects wirelessly to the main router, then to the colour
    printer by USB. It works, but not very reliably, so I was looking for

    This is what it looks like at the moment..

    Main Router----------------------------------mono
    Main Router - - wifi- - -Print Server--USB---Colour

    It seems from the other post that I could utilise the one cable to feed
    both printers via a second DG843G, which would be a more reliable
    solution. Basically split the one connection in the area, to feed both
    via a second DG834G I just happen to have handy.

    I just need a solution where I can remotely turn on power to both
    printers and their local DG834G, then be able to print to either of the

    What I had in mind was to use a spare DG834G router that I happen to
    have, into the one LAN cable in the room, then be able to connect both
    printers via that spare DG834G. In other words two printers working
    from the one LAN cable.
    Harry Bloomfield, May 18, 2012
  5. Harry Bloomfield

    Rob Morley Guest

    Ah, I was missing that it's a wireless print server. OK, a simple
    solution as you say is to use a hub so you can run both printers off
    the one cable, and as has been suggested you can configure the spare
    router to do just that. Alternatively, 10/100 switches are £7 delivered
    on eBay. :)
    Rob Morley, May 18, 2012
  6. Rob Morley expressed precisely :
    My thanks to both, I just wished I known that before I bought the print
    server a couple of years ago.
    Harry Bloomfield, May 18, 2012
  7. Harry Bloomfield has brought this to us :
    A bit of feedback...

    It worked instantly, both printers now available to print, as soon as
    they have initialised. I would have responded earlier, except the
    wall-wart PSU for my second Netgear had failed since the last time I
    used it, I had to scour the house for a replacement.

    Thanks for the help.
    Harry Bloomfield, May 19, 2012
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