Question Convert USB Printer to a Network Printer ?

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I currenly have a USB printer attached to my PC and have made it available across the Network but I'm not overly happy about the permissions I have to give on my PC and if it's switched off no one else can't print..

There are quite a few options of USB to RJ45 converter that I could then plug ito a switch on the network or using something like a Vonets WiFi Bridge to connect it wirelessly.

Would these work or do I need to buy a seperate converter / print server so it can be seen on the Network or are there any other options available taht would work?
 
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kanewolf

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I currenly have a USB printer attached to my PC and have made it available across the Network but I'm not overly happy about the permissions I have to give on my PC and if it's switched off no one else can't print..

There are quite a few options of USB to RJ45 converter that I could then plug ito a switch on the network or using something like a Vonets WiFi Bridge to connect it wirelessly.

Would these work or do I need to buy a seperate converter / print server so it can be seen on the Network or are there any other options available taht would work?
If it is just a printer, not a printer/scanner then I would recommend a $20 asus RT-N56U router from E-Bay. Set it as an AP. Get extra WIFI, an ethernet switch and print server all in one.
 
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SamirD

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You can't convert from usb to ethernet like that. But a lot of printers have built-in wifi or ethernet so you can just use that. Otherwise, you've got a great suggestion above for a cheap way to get the printer onto the network.
 

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Cheers for the replies ... I had a look for the RT-N56U router and it looks like it's end of life / out of stock, I did find a few 2nd hand ones on e-bay but they were all in the US, none for sale in the UK.

I'll have a look around and see what else I can find / get a print server.
 

SamirD

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Cheers for the replies ... I had a look for the RT-N56U router and it looks like it's end of life / out of stock, I did find a few 2nd hand ones on e-bay but they were all in the US, none for sale in the UK.

I'll have a look around and see what else I can find / get a print server.
Basically any old Asus router will do it since they share a lot of the same firmware base.
 

kanewolf

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Cheers for the replies ... I had a look for the RT-N56U router and it looks like it's end of life / out of stock, I did find a few 2nd hand ones on e-bay but they were all in the US, none for sale in the UK.

I'll have a look around and see what else I can find / get a print server.
Yes, they are old but very reliable. I picked that because they are usually plentiful on E-Bay for $20.
As @SamirD said almost any Asus router will support a USB printer. Find a cheap used one.
 
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In the end I bought an Asus RT-AC68U router with a print server and it seems to be working a treat and thank you to all for your input!
 
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