How to Connect Two Computers to One Printer Using USB

by Chris And Marry

If you can't connect multiple computers wirelessly to a printer, don't worry. It is still possible to use USB cables to get the printer functioning with at least two computers.

How to Connect Two Computers to One Printer Using USB

You Will Need:

  • 1 Printer
  • 2 Computers
  • 3 USB cables
  • 1 USB Hub (at least a 2 to 1)
How To Connect Two Computers To One Printer Using USB
How To Connect Two Computers To One Printer Using USB

Steps to connect two computers to one printer

STEP 1: Plug Into Printer

You should have 3 USB cables (1 that came with your printer and two additional ones you have purchased). Take one of them and plug it into the printer's USB port.

STEP 2: Plug Into USB Hub

Take the USB hub, and connect the other end of the USB cable to it. After connecting your computers to the hub, it will send signals to and from the printer.

STEP 3: Run Cables from USB to Computers

Take your other two USB cables-plug one end of each into the USB hub, and the other ends into each individual computer.

STEP 4: Power On

Turn the printer on, followed by the two computers.

STEP 5: Installation 1

Install the drivers (using the installation CD if needed) on the first computer. Follow the instructions given, and keep everything on default.

STEP 6: Installation 2

Once the first computer has the printer drivers installed, move to the next computer and repeat the driver installation process.

And Now We're Done…

That is the process done. You should now be able to print using both the computers on one printer. Remember, if you buy a larger USB hub, you can connect even more computers as well. You don't just have to stick to 2 computers, 1 printer!

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