Is it possible to share a scanner using 2 computers

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by JSmoove05, Jun 11, 2007.

  1. JSmoove05 macrumors 6502

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    For example my main desktop PC computer has the scanner connected. Is there anyway through my network that my I can use my scanner from MBP laptop thanks.
     
  2. Homer2556 macrumors newbie

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    Have you looked into USB to network interfaces? They're usually used for printers, but may also work for your scanner. (I haven't looked into this personally.)
     
  3. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

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    If it is a USB scanner you can likely use a simple USB switch to select source.

    Here's one but it is not the cheapest available

    DO NOT attempt to plug both computers into a single USB hub.

    (USB to Network interfaces run into problems with scanner drivers. YMMV)
     
  4. JSmoove05 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I think wat I was trying to say was is it possible to have my scanner being used through my network to my MBP pro w/o any usb cable connected to my MBP. Iam having some serious problems getting my MBP to print share through my network. My Main PC has windows Vista on it but i still cant figure out how to print share with mac and vista.
     
  5. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

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    I believe (although I may be wrong) that it is not possible to share a scanner on the network unless you have specific network scanner drivers.

    Printing and scanning are not comparable.
     

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