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How Can I Connect Two Computers to One USB Printer?

Updated April 17, 2017

If you have two computers that need to connect to one printer, you normally have to switch the USB cable between the computers as needed. However, you can use a print server to create a networked printer, which will allow anyone on that network to use the printer without connecting directly to it. In order for the print server to work the computers, however, you need to connect both the computers and the server to a router.

Connect an Ethernet cable from one computer to one of the four LAN ports on the back of the router.

Connect an Ethernet cable from the print server to one of the four LAN ports on the back of the router.

Insert the Installation Disc for the Print server into the disc drive of the computer. An installation wizard will start up.

Follow the prompts on the installation guide by pressing "Next." Connect the printer to the server when prompted. Continue through the installation guide by pressing "Next" until you reach a screen with "Finish." Click on the "Finish Button," then remove the installation disc from the drive.

Connect a Ethernet port from the second computer to one of the LAN ports on the router.

Insert the Installation disc into the disc drive of the second computer, then repeat the installation process for the second computer.

Tip

Both computers need to have the printer driver installed. This driver can be installed using the installation disc included with the printer or by downloading it from the manufacturer's website.

Things You'll Need

  • Router
  • Ethernet Cables
  • USB Cable
  • Printer
  • Print Server
  • Installation Disc for Print Server
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About the Author

Dean Lee began writing in 2008, with articles appearing on various websites. Lee is currently a network technician with both Cisco Certified Network Associate and Security+ certifications. Lee graduated from the University of Virginia with a Bachelor of Arts in economics and later completed a Master of Arts in communication at Regent University.