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I have installed a Belkin 2X1 peripheral switch for my XP lapton and XP PC to a HP 4000 series printer. I have installed also the (mini) CD for Parallel printer adapter (I am using a USB/Parallel cable to the printer). Only one amber light lights up and the only way I can print from either computer is to exchange the cables on the 2 port end of the switch. What do I need to do to make both ports function?

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the belkin 2X1 and related don't support multifunction printers and these kinds of problems will come up with all multifunction printers.
its written on the above page

"Through a simple USB connection, this Switch lets you share a single USB device among multiple computers. Please note: it is not compatible with Mac OS® X v10.3.x and does not support multifunction printers."

A better thing to do would be to connect the printer to the desktop computer, and then share it for the network.

If both computers are for example connected wirelessly, then you could share the printer over wireless and you could print from any room of the house aslong as the desktop computer is also turned on for the sharing to work.

printer sharing is a build in feature on windows and doesn't cost anything. Works perfectly aslong as both devices are connected to the same network. With cable or wirelessly.

Here is a microsoft guide on the sharing

heres another guide with some pictures also.

Bottom line with your belkin 2X1 its not going to work properly with your printer.

Posted on Jul 17, 2009


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