Local printing from USB 2 printers

  bouncytigger 18:41 11 Nov 2005

I'm looking to run two printers excatly same type from USB ports on Win Xp pro

Plug and play recognises the printers as one device only.

Plug one in, install drivers produce test page job done.

plug 2nd printer in thinks it's same device as previous.

all prints go to the first printer.

Don't really want to network want to have them as local printers with no outside use or to be visible within a network.
this is for office environment where the need is to print to both printers at same time. ???

  GaT7 18:44 11 Nov 2005

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  Sans le Sou 19:21 11 Nov 2005

Think you can only have one default printer selected at any one time, need to tell system your preferred printer.

  bouncytigger 19:16 12 Nov 2005

if you install 2 different printers you can select printer accordingly.
I would like to do the same with 2 printers of same type.

Maybe I have a problem with naming devices or could i disable plug and play would that allow me to install both printers and rename them printer1 & printer2 for example.

plug and play just assumes you already have the printer installed as the drivers are already there and defaults to first installed printer.
Default printer is not the issue as the printer would be selected from software.

  woodchip 19:50 12 Nov 2005

Never come across anything like that! Why two of the same printer what's the point

  bouncytigger 19:41 13 Nov 2005

Need to print large number of documents in short timescale, specialised printers, fastest of type currently available. But need to utilise 2 to achieve deadline. Secure material so do not want to network them if at all possible.
split file and print simultaneously by sending part 1 to printer 1 then part 2 to printer 2. this would rule out a switch.

  woodchip 19:44 13 Nov 2005

It will not work with two of the same Priters

  justme 22:19 13 Nov 2005

If you rename them as printer1 and printer2 then you should be able to print to both. As they are the same type of printer you may find that they swap names from time to time at start up but as you are printing to both at the same time that should not be a problem. You just have to watch which pile goes on top of the other.

  justme 22:24 13 Nov 2005

I should have added that only one can be the default printer. If you want to print to the other then you will have to select it manually when you want to use it.

  justme 22:34 13 Nov 2005

Ignore what I said above. I have just tried connecting two identical printers on usb and renaming them. No matter which one I print to it all prints on the same printer.


  sattman 22:46 13 Nov 2005

Try this

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