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Old 16 December 2011, 18:18   #11
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Would something like this work? It's the sort of thing I was looking for.

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Yes
Or just swap the cable when you need to print.
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Old 16 December 2011, 18:19   #12
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cant say i have ever used one but if it does what it says on the tin you should be fine.
remember you will also need an "A to A" usb cable to connect the switch and standard printer usb cables are "A to B"


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Would something like this work? It's the sort of thing I was looking for.

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Sorry guys, be basic in what you type Computers for Dummy here

I have a broadband Router that both desktops are plugged. It is a wireless router, but I'm only using the wireless feature for my Laptop and that very rarely gets used at home.

I want to shy away from having the printer on a network because you have to have all computers working to be able to print from one.....Is that right??

I just kind of want a USB cable that plugs in to both computers and whichever the computer that I'm wanting to print from send that to the printer.
You don't need both computers on to print with your current set up (via the router). You just need the one with the printer connected turned on.

Your other option would be to get a small cheap ethernet print server, Something like this:

TP-Link TL-PS110U Print server - Hi-Speed USB

You connect it to your a spare port on your router and then anything on your network (wireless or hardwired) will be able to print to it if set up correctly.
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nice suggestion there POLWART
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Old 16 December 2011, 19:02   #15
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Your other option would be to get a small cheap ethernet print server, Something like this:

TP-Link TL-PS110U Print server - Hi-Speed USB

You connect it to your a spare port on your router and then anything on your network (wireless or hardwired) will be able to print to it if set up correctly.
That would have been Ideal, however when my 4 port wireless Router gave up two weeks ago, I was sent a replacement but with only two ports in which to plug my desktops So I have no spare port in which to plug this box of marvels in to.
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for an extra fiver add one of these too then will give you some spare ports.
TP-Link TL-SF1005D Switch - 5 ports
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Price is going up, so's the amount of clutter on my Desktop too .....I hate Computers......Well love/Hate
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Do I dare ask about 4way Surge protection?
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have you not had enough confusion for one evening
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have you not had enough confusion for one evening
Yes, I'm off to bed to dream about wireless Toasters!
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