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How to share a printer between two computers


Computers have various types of ports to connect peripherals, one of the oldest being a parallel port. Popularly known as Parallel Printer Adapter, it was mostly used for operating printers.

Parallel Printer Adapter

Today, as the technologies advance, this type of port has become almost obsolete. Most computers would have a USB (Universal Serial Bus) port, and it is rare to find a computer equipped with a parallel port. However parallel port printers are still in use, these are usually printers that can do wide sheet or continuous roll printing. To connect such a printer to your computer you would need a parallel printer cable, i.e. USB adapter. It works as a parallel port-USB port converter and allows connecting up to 127 parallel port printers to you computer. This printer cable Windows only.

Another issue you might face is sharing a single printer between multiple computers. Here a USB printer cable or any other hardware is not really a solution – what if your computers are located at a distance from each other? Or you just can’t stand a cable clutter at your desk? How to share a printer between two computers?

A software tool seems to be a much better option in these circumstances –
USB Network Gate allows you to share USB printer over network (LAN/ WAN/ Ethernet/ Internet). No matter how far you are from the printer, its functionality will be available to you as if it were inserted directly into your machine.

USB Network Gate by Eltima Software

There is a software solution to the problem that does not require any additional configuration of devices and settings – USB Network Gate enables access to USB scale in remote desktop.
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USB Network Gate

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USB Network Gate

This is how to share a USB printer with the help of USB Network Gate:

  1. Download and install the app on both computers – the server, i.e. the computer to which your printer is connected, and the client, i.e. the computer that needs to access the printer.
  2. Go to the server and open the app, in the list of available devices displayed find the printer and click ‘Share’. Now it should be visible on the client side.
  3. Launch the app on the client computer, locate the printer and click ‘Connect’. That’s it – now you can remotely send documents for a printout.

The good thing about USB Network Gate is that it helps you share USB printer across platforms. The app is compatible with all popular operating systems – MacOS, Linux and Windows.

USB Network Gate

Requirements for Windows (32-bit and 64-bit): XP/Vista/7/8/10, Windows Server 2003/2008/2012/2016/2019
Also available on macOS, Linux OS and Android , 5.59MB size
Version 8.1.2013 (11th Jun, 2019) Release notes
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