What is the best and least expensive way to connect two computers with different operating systems

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What is the best and least expensive way to connect two computers with different operating systems to one printer without conflict?

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For a small network, I connected my computers at home to one USB printer/fax/scanner using a USB Server.

I bought a Keyspan USB Server a few years back off of EBay and it has worked great.

You have to install the Keyspan client software on each computer using the USB server, but it allows each operating system to use the manufactures drivers and software to access all the printers functions.

Hope this helps.

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  • Wrs715
    If you don't mind having the printer connected to one computer, you might just go that route-- it requires no additional hardware. In my home network (five systems: two WinXP, one Vista, one Linux, one Mac OS X). My printer is connected to the Vista system and shared with the LPD services. It works like a champ.
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