A scanner is a computer peripheral that allows users to create digital images of documents or other flat objects. While this device can be very useful, many homes or small businesses will not need to have a scanner located at each workstation. However, many individuals may need to utilise the scanner, but don't want to inconvenience the person whose computer the scanner is connected to. Therefore, the best solution is to share the scanner over a network. This will allow multiple people to use the scanner, while being able to run the software from their own machine.
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Things you need
- Network compatible USB scanner
Connect the scanner to a computer and plug it into an electrical socket.
Install the included software, being sure to select the "Network" option, which will assign an IP address to the scanner. Record the IP address when it is provided.
Install the software on any other computers on the network that wish to utilise the USB scanner.
Choose the "Network" option during the software installation and enter the IP address if the installation wizard is unable to locate the USB scanner on its own.
Test your networked USB scanner once the installation is completed. If the scanner is not working, retry the installation, as it may be possible that the scanner's IP address is incorrect.
Tips and warnings
- The computer connected directly to the USB scanner must be turned on for other users to remotely operate the scanner.
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