USB switch for multifunction printer?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by ravenvii, Jul 31, 2010.

  1. ravenvii macrumors 604


    Mar 17, 2004
    Melenkurion Skyweir
    Basically I have two computers and a multifunction printer. I'd like to be able to both print and scan with the multifunction printer.

    I figure the cheapest way to do this is a simple USB switch. But after a quick Google, I couldn't find what I'm looking for (most of them are USB - Ethernet switches, which I don't want because that would mean I couldn't scan with the printer).

    Is there a simple, pass-through USB dongle that has a physical switch on it to switch between USB ports? You know, like the old co-ax switches for TVs back in the day? Yeah, *that* simple. Does that exist?
  2. mikes63737 macrumors 65816

    Jul 26, 2005
  3. emaja macrumors 68000

    May 3, 2005
    Chicago, IL
    Are the computers networked and if they are, you should be able to print and scan over the network - at least I can with my HP. I'm not sure if that is supported by all models though.

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