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Network cable and switch

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Deadly Ernest

IS the printer a network printer and doesn't need to hang off a computer?

Second, is the port you want to use on the switch a normal port or an uplink port? Most switches have one on as either the first or last port and this uses a crossover cable while the rest use straight through cables.

NB you can visually check a patch cable by putting the two ends together and comparing the colours of the wires - if in the exact same order it's a straight through cable.