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How to connect a printer that is NOT "network-ready" directly to the network?

I have an Epson Stylus Photo RX 595. It's an inkjet printer and connects via a USB port. There are several computers at my home, so I need to be able to print from any one of them without turning on the one to which this printer is shared from. That's why I am exploring a way to connect my un-network-ready printer directly to the network.

I read somewhere that I might need to use a USB-Ethernet Adapter in order to connect it to the network. Yet there is no in-depth information about whether a printer like mine will work when it's connected to a network hub directly.

Does anyone have any experience with doing this? Do you know if USB-Ethernet Adapter is enough?

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Re: How to connect a printer that is NOT "network-ready" directly to the network?

You'll need a print server to hook it to the network providing you have a open router port.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833156025

There are also wireless versions available if you would like to run it wirelessly however you can buy a wireless HP printer for about the same price.
 

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Re: How to connect a printer that is NOT "network-ready" directly to the network?

Thanks! One question, though. Is the print server basically the same thing as a USB-Ethernet adapter?

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=443248&CatId=589

I've been comparing the two...and I can't see any difference, except for the fact that a print server requires to be plugged in to a power source. Hm. Maybe the print server also assigns an IP address to the printer...
 
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