[24hoursupport] Connecting computers to printer

  • From: "Paul M. King" <peking7@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: 24hoursupport@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Mon, 11 Oct 2004 23:13:51 -0700

One of my computers is loaded with WIN XP home and the other with WIN98SE. I 
want to connect them to a a single printer which has a parallel cable port, but 
no USB port. I know there are several ways to do this, but I am looking for the 
simplest and least expensive.

I have on hand serial, parallel and USB cables. I do not own any switch boxes, 
except a  KVM, nor routers, hubs or any other device which would connect a USB 
port with a parallel port. The XP computer is equipped with six USB 2.0 ports 
and the WIN98SE with two USB 1.1 ports.

I have considered making the XP computer a server, connecting it to the printer 
and then giving the WIN98SE computer access to the printer via the server. All 
suggestions are welcome, especially regarding systems already in place and 
working well.


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