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    USB Printer into Network

    I need to turn a non-network printer into a network one. I have used a piece of software in the past which is Linux based, can be ran on any old computer to provide network connectivity for a parallel printer. I can not remember what this software was called, nor can I find it through searches. Does any body know what I may be talking about, or any other quick fix suggestions to get the printer on the network?

    The printer I wish to use is not parallel but USB, the piece of software I'm talking about may or may not support USB but I'm looking at the options.

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    Could you not share the printer in the properties?

    We have that done on one of our USB printers.

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    or buy a cheap usb print server?

    something like Edimax 1port USB Print Server | Ebuyer.com

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    Both of the above options are things I have looked at. I didn't want to rely on a users computer being on to share the USB printer but I may well do this as a short term quick fix. USB print server may well also be an option, but I don't currently have any and needed a quick fix solution for today!

    Thanks both

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    Quote Originally Posted by Craig_W View Post
    Both of the above options are things I have looked at. I didn't want to rely on a users computer being on to share the USB printer but I may well do this as a short term quick fix. USB print server may well also be an option, but I don't currently have any and needed a quick fix solution for today!

    Thanks both
    no worries.

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    Are you thinking of CUPS?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sted View Post
    or buy a cheap usb print server?

    something like Edimax 1port USB Print Server | Ebuyer.com
    be careful to ensure the thing is not a GDI / host based printer as these require the windows host to render the job.

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    I've used these for a few old printers when we changed to papercut, cheap and does the job. Only niggle is they are set to a static IP address on delivery but fully support DHCP once switched.

    TP Link Single USB2.0 port fast ethernet print server (TL-PS110U) - www.misco.co.uk

    I appreciate this won't get you out of a hole today but may be useful medium term.

    Andrew

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    Quote Originally Posted by Craig_W View Post
    I need to turn a non-network printer into a network one. I have used a piece of software in the past which is Linux based, can be ran on any old computer to provide network connectivity for a parallel printer. I can not remember what this software was called, nor can I find it through searches. Does any body know what I may be talking about, or any other quick fix suggestions to get the printer on the network?

    The printer I wish to use is not parallel but USB, the piece of software I'm talking about may or may not support USB but I'm looking at the options.

    Thanks
    I think you mean CUPS.. we use it here on our Linux servers to deploy Printers.

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