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Old 04-09-2008, 09:35 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Is it possible with mac and PC?

This is not really a problem, but more of a question.

I have a 3 in 1 printer. Printer/Fax/Scanner.

Is it possible for me to hook up my mac laptop and PC laptop in to the printer at the same time? Would I need some sort of splitter?
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Old 04-10-2008, 09:49 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: Is it possible with mac and PC?

what kind of printer is it? i'm guessing USB. i don't think they make any similar sort of device for USB though they used to make parallel port splitters. however the parallel port splitters required you to switch between devices.

a USB device works in a host and slave relationship, as far as i know there can only be one host (in this case either of the computers) to each slave (the printer).
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Default Re: Is it possible with mac and PC?

Unless both laptop's are on the same network then you could share the printer. Also if the printer has a nic in it you could attach printer to switch and both laptop's can use it.
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Default Re: Is it possible with mac and PC?

Ok, well I need to look at the printer. A friend just asked me if I could hook it up and if it was possible. I dont know much about printers and having 2 different computers through them so yea, just thought i would ask. Thanks though.
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