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That can be a real nuisance if you just want to quickly fire up the other machine and printsomething out. It also means that the two PCs must be networked together, either via ahub/router or directly via an ethernet crossover cable.Another way is to use a dedicated USB print server. However, as before, this must be connectedto an ethernet network, along with the PCs. Such devices also need their own power supply,generally cost well over $100and are overkill if you just want to share a single USB printer between two computers for occasional printing in a home set-up.
That’s where this simple device comes in. It’s basically a 2-way switch box that lets youmanually switch your USB printer from one PC to the other, as required. The switching is performed using a rotary switch, whiletwo LEDs on the front panel indicate which PC has beenconnected to the printer.This method has several advantages. First, you don’t need to network your two computers.Second, you can print from either machine with the other turned off. And third, the devicedoesn’t need a power supply.