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By sgklein ·
I am setting up a small, 4 user network. I am connecting each user to a hub. I have a laser printer with a NIC. There is not a server. Can I connect the printer directly to the hub to allow shared use, or must it be connected to one of the PC's and shared to the rest of the network?

Also, how reliable are RJ-45 couplers?
Can a modem in just one of the computers be shared by this type of topology?

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by jereg In reply to Network Printer

You can do it either way. You don't say what equipment you're using, so I can only give you generalizations. If you us TCP/IP on this network, configure the printer/printserver/NIC with an IP address. Then, when you are setting up print drivers on the PC's, configure the dirvers to us TCP/IP printing, where you configure the printer port to the printer IP address.

Instead of the hub, you could hook the printer to a PC and then just share it.

RJ-45 couplers will work, but I would not use them if I didn't have to.

If you have an internal modem (or external) you can share it with the addition of modem sharing software. A company that makes it is LANtastic.

Theere is an alternative that could solve several of your problems. Look for an SMC Barricade. This is a 4 port switch that has a printer port and a serial port on it. You can plug in an external modem, a printer, all your PC's and share the devices between them. It also has DHCP, NAT, intruder logging and other features that will protect your network. I have one at my home and it works great.
Hope that helps.

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by jereg In reply to Network Printer

I forgot to add that I ordered the Barricade from Amazon for $89.00, not a bad price.

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