Russell explains it very well. Bottom line: if you are using a network to share computer resources, you should have the printers networked too. However, if what you have works you, don't change. But, if you start running into problems, consider converting to networked printers (via printservers). Also, familiarizing yourself with how to setup a printserver adds more skill to your reportoire.
Russell Hltn <RussellHltn@...> wrote:
just had this situation today - the computer that has the printer attached didn't want to boot when powered on this morning. So one dead computer results in a inoperative printer and a problem for the whole center. With a dedicated print server, a failed computer wouldn't bother it.
On 3/6/07, Ronald Frye <ronfrye@comcast. net> wrote:
We have a gentleman in our Stake who is willing to donate a NetGear PS113, 3-port LAN print server to the library. It will hook three printers (via parallel cable) to the router, without needing any share off one of the computers.
We currently have three printers hooked up to three seperate computers, each accessible from any of our eight computers over the network. We have had no problems with the current arrangement.
I there any reason you can think of why I should go with a LAN print server at our FHC? So far, I see no benefits.
Ronald W. Frye
Danville FHC Computer Specialist
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