How to Run Two USB Printers on One Computer

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How to Run Two USB Printers on One Computer
Connect your USB printers' USB cables to your computer's available USB ports. (USB image by Angelika Bentin from Fotolia.com)

USB printers require a less intricate connection than older models that use parallel ports. As a result of this convenience, you may wish to connect multiple USB printers to your computer. This can be particularly helpful if you need each of your printers to perform specific functions. You only need two available USB ports to run two USB printers from your computer simultaneously. You may use a connect a USB hub to a single USB port to create more access points if necessary.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • 2 USB cables
  • USB hub (optional)

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Count the USB ports on your personal computer. You need to have two ports available to run two USB ports simultaneously. Purchase a USB hub from a local electronics retailer and insert it one of your computer's USB ports if you need to create additional USB access points for your computer.

  2. 2

    Connect a USB printer to your computer. Insert one end of the USB printer's USB cable into the device itself. Insert the other end of the cable into an available USB port on your computer or USB hub.

  3. 3

    Install the USB printer's drivers. Insert the USB printer's set-up CD into your computer's CD-ROM drive and follow the set-up wizard's onscreen instructions. Alternatively, you may need to download the drivers from your printer manufacturer's website before installing them. Visit the printer manufacture website's "Drivers," "Downloads" or "Resources" pages and download your USB printer model's drivers.

  4. 4

    Repeat Steps 2 and 3 for your second USB printer. You will be able to run two printers on your one computer once you have physically connected both USB printers and installed their drivers.

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