3 computer 3 printers a printer problem

  Geordie 19:10 27 Apr 2006

I have 3 computers networked; 2 together with cable and one by wireless I use a buffalo hub to make it happen.
I have 3 printers: 1 laserjet 4plus, 1 deskjet 880C and 1 epsom Photo 200.
Yes I know its a mess but nobody starts out with an idea of making a mess.
The Laser and deskjet are conected to computer #1 via a data transfer switch. the epson is connected directly to computer #2
from each computer I connect to each printer in a different way either by using the data switch box or by the network system.
I regularly forget to change the switch position to get the printer I want from either machine.
Thats the set up.
The problem: how can I connect to any printer from any computer simply by selecting it?

  mgmcc 21:58 27 Apr 2006

<<< The Laser and deskjet are connected to computer #1 via a data transfer switch >>>

If the two computers connect via USB, why are you using a switch rather than connecting them both directly to the computer? On the other hand, if two of the printers connect via a parallel port, can each be connected to a different PC and set as "shared" so as to be available from all networked computers?

Provided each printer is connected directly to a computer and set as "shared", it should be available from any computer in the network, provided of course that the computer hosting the printer is running.

  Geordie 08:25 28 Apr 2006

Two of the printers are parallel and one is USB.
I will try your suggestion and connect the printers directly to two of the computers, on the face of it, it seems like one of those simple solutions and I will be saying to myself "Why could't I think of that". Very many thanks for your help.

  Geordie 10:33 28 Apr 2006

Hello mgmcc,
its magic. the advice was excellent, every machine can reach every printer without problem. And no switch to bother about.
Thank you very much.

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