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Nov 29, 2013 08:13 |  #1

Here is the situation that I am trying to solve for that I hope someone can assist with.

I have a work laptop that is completely locked down by my company, I can’t install anything on the laptop that is not approved and all installations need to be initiated through the companies help site. I have recently acquired a printer that I want to share between the laptop and my personal desktop. The printer is on the company supported list so I was able to install the drivers and get the printer working on both the laptop and my home pc. The printer can only be used with the work laptop via USB, they do not allow you to connect to a printer on your home network.
I am looking for some sort of USB switch that I can plug the printer into and then connect both computers to the switch. I have seen some online, but they appear to require software to be loaded on both computers, which I can’t do.

Anyone have any experience with a switch that will not require me to install any software? I am fine with manually selecting the source machine, so I don't need any automated solutions.

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Nov 29, 2013 08:54 |  #2

If the printer is connected to the work laptop by USB, and the laptop is on your home network, you should be able to install the printer driver to your desktop, and print to the printer through the network as long as the laptop is on.




  
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Nov 29, 2013 09:00 |  #3

share the printer on your laptop through your home network


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Nov 29, 2013 10:47 |  #4

I was able to figure this out, I did not know that I could connect the printer via the USB and an ethernet connection. That did the trick, the locked down laptop prints via the USB and the rest of the machines print via the home network.

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