Friday, January 13, 2006

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Be nice and share your printers

Do you have only one printer but more than one computer?
If you have the computers networked together, you can enable printer sharing on the computer with the printer.
The only potential problem to be encountered is if the printer is not able to be used on a network. Most can be, but there are some that will still refuse to run.
What happens if computers are not networked together?
If they are not networked, you still have an option.
Most computer stores sell a switch box device that can be used to connect a single printer to several computers. Although this does not work every time, most of the time it does the trick. You should be able to get these switch boxes for well under $30.00.
A word of caution though. You may want to check your printer documentation to make sure that the switch box is safe for the printer in question. Not many problems are seen with using a switch box, but it never hurts to check.
Just to be on the safe side, of courseā€¦

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