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  1. #1
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    Print Server Woes.....

    Has anyone successfully installed a print server?

    I just bought a new printer, HP PhotoSmart C5280 and a new print server, Linksys Wireless G WPSM54G.

    I installed the printer on my laptop and it worked, now when I try to get it workign with the print server....no luck.

    Also, from my understanding, so I have to physically connect the printer to each computer to be able to use the print server?

    This is driving me nuts!

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    I don't see your printer on the compatibility list.
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    I don't even bother with print servers for Home use.

    This is how I do it.

    Hook your printer up a PC...say a desktop...install it.

    Set it up to be shared...then just connect your other PC's in the house to that printer.

    Now granted one exception will be that whatever PC the printer is connected to will have to be on in order to print...but it will let you print.

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    Yes, although having it in the computer is not handy for l8 night printing or if the computer mucks up?

    If i wanted to print something before i had to go to bed like directions or something like that i dont want to have to get out of bed to turn the pc on just to print, then turn it all off, call me lazy but i like thinks to be simple
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    Just leave the PC on

    I never turn mine off unless it crashes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cheyenne1212 View Post
    Just leave the PC on

    I never turn mine off unless it crashes.

    well thats no green of u!!

    and what must ur electricity bills be like, christ
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    pfft...green this..green that.

    For my 900 square foot apartment, I pay about $90/month in utilites.

    Though I just bought a house, so thats gonna go up

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    That's what I ended up doing...hooking it to a desktop that I always leave on and shared it....it was so simple....


    I am sending that print server back to Best Buy.

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    Best bet It think.

    If you have a desktop..no reason to really buy a print server..granted its nice in the aspect that you don't have to leave your PC on 24/7, but its easier to share from a PC.

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    I have a small linksys wireless print server w/usb just so I can have the printer in a central location without having to run wires to it (other than power)

    It's quite nice until you forget what IP it's using and you need to change some settings
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    A local DNS server (or some clever finagling with the HOSTS file) should solve the forgetting-ip problem.
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    Actually having to change a setting was so rare, that it wasn't an issue but once... It wasn't set up via DHCP so it wasn't listed and I had to do a little... Alternative checking.

    After having it for near three years I only had to change settings once, so it's not too bad
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