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Home network print sharing...need help
ktgillenwater Feb-23-01 09:21 PM
I have an HP Pavilion 8670C and have 98SE installed. I also have a compaq deskpro that my kids use with 98SE installed. I want to be able to allow print sharing on the 8670 so that the kids can print to my HP laserjet Series II. I have connected a crossover cable to both NIC cards and have successfully been able to set up the network and print to the printer.
My problem is that I never shut off the 8670 and like to press the standby button on the keyboard to place the system in standby when I am not using it. When I connected the network and then press the standby button, it attempts to go into standby and then pops out and says that a device driver is being used and prevents the system from going into standby. Other times it says that another user is connected do you wish to go into standby and I say "yes" when I do it appears to go into standby. The monitor goes into standby and the system apparently locks up because the only way to wake it is to turn it off and turn it back on again.
I know that it is related to the networking because when I removed the network sharing from both computers, the problem stopped. WHAT I AM ASKING FOR: I would like to know specifically how to set up my network correctly (NIC to NIC with crossover cable) where I can share printers and will still be able to send my 8670C into standby mode since we use it frequently. PLEASE HELP!!!

Also, if Internet connection sharing is straightforward, I wouldn't mind knowing how to do that also. Printing is my priority.

1. RE: Home network print sharing...need help
lbyard Feb-25-01 03:56 PM
In response to message 0
As far as I know it cannot be done. I and other readers (e.g., http://duxcw.com/dcforum/DCForumID2/591.html) of this Forum have tried it without success. A functioning network connection requires periodic exchanges of packets between the networked computers (heartbeat packets). A possible solution would be to purchase an SMC Barricade (http://duxcw.com/digest/Reviews/Network/smc/smc7004br/smc7004br.htm). It has a built-in printer server. Not all printers work with it, but I have successfully used it with an HP LaserJet II. It can also be used to share an external MODEM (dial-up, cable, and DSL) connection to the Internet. Instructions for sharing the Internet using other means are in our Network and Internet Sharing How to articles (http://duxcw.com/digest/Howto/index.html). Larry

2. RE: Home network print sharing...need help
Catsburg55 Mar-04-01 07:24 PM
In response to message 0
I solved the problem of sharing the printer by
making it a network printer. I have an EN104 Netgear hub(instead of the crossover cable you are using)and bought a SohoWare Plug-n-Print
network adapter. The adapter plugs into the hub
and makes the printer a network printer and the girlfriends son can print without having to turn
my computer on. It works pretty good. If you plan on sharing a cable modem connection get a
cable/dsl router instead of the netgear hub if
you only want to pay for one IP address. If you don't mind paying for a second address the Netgear
hub will work. You can get the hub and adapter for less than a hundred. The cable/dsl router is more.

3. RE: Home network print sharing...need help
lbyard Mar-04-01 08:36 PM
In response to message 2
A 4-port SMC Barricade router/Ethernet switch (http://duxcw.com/faq/network/hubsw.htm) (http://duxcw.com/digest/Reviews/Network/smc/smc7004br/smc7004br.htm), which has a built-in printer server, costs about the $100 with rebate. The printer server does not work with all printers. Larry

4. RE: Home network print sharing...need help
deerslayer Mar-05-01 06:54 PM
In response to message 3

Is there a list of printers that do not work??? SOMEDAY, when my cable or phone co. get out of the dark ages, I want to get a router.

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5. RE: Home network print sharing...need help
lbyard Mar-06-01 05:07 PM
In response to message 4
Not that I am aware of. The reason I add the caveat is because reports in posts to this Forum. I think I could make most printers work if I had them in my shop. Larry

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