Connecting printer to Hub
Know about hub and how you can connect a printer with the hub.
Hubs are devices that help in connecting one or more computers to other devices, computers, and networks. They have two or more connectors known as ports into which cables can be plugged in to make a connection. An Ethernet hub also called as active hub, network hub or simply a hub connects multiple Ethernet devices together, making them act as a single network component. Hubs often comes with a BNC and Attachment Unit Interface (AUI) connector allowing connection to legacy 10BASE2 or 10BASE5 networking segments. Hubs are alternatives for using switches or routers for devices shared over networks. Mostly, printers and other devices are shared among many computers using these devices.
Read further to know how to connect a printer to a hub and points to be kept in mind while doing so.
- How to connect
- Points to be kept in mind
- Problems and solutions
How to connect
Start by connecting the PC into the USB switching hub. A single USB switching hub can accommodate about two computers. Connect one end of the USB cable to a USB port on one computer and the other end to the appropriate port on the switching hub. The same is to be done for the other computer using another USB cable. The switch can be used to choose among the two PCs since the hub recognises one computer at a time. Now, connect the printer to switching hub after both computers are connected to the hub. Plug in one end of another USB cable to USB port on the printer and then the other end into the appropriate port on the switching hub. The selected computer, to which the switch is set, recognizes the printer and uses it.
Points to be kept in mind
In case a printer is to be shared over a network among many computers, it is connected to a hub. Before doing so, the printer and the right drivers have to be installed on all the computers. To do so, switch off the printer and connect it to the PC via a USB and switch it on. Windows automatically detects that a new hardware is connected and then starts add new hardware wizard. The driver will have to be downloaded from the website specific to the printer’s manufacturer, or may be supplied along with the printer.
Problems and solutions
To use a network printer without hub, one has to use a special Ethernet cable called a crossover cable. It is also seen that the firewall may cause problems, in case you have a software-based firewall, and it interferes with printer sharing. If the firewall is preventing printer and file sharing, the settings must have to be altered accordingly. You can switch off the firewall for the time being when you wish to share the printer.
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