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Old January 27, 2009, 02:27 AM
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Hello fellow Canuckers,
I plan on setting up a very inexpensive wired network within the next few days. This will be my first time trying this and am a complete noob when it comes to network components and such.

The setup is simple. 2 pc's on the same desk (his n' hers) shared internet with no file sharing and a shared printer. Both pc's will be within 10' of the high speed cable modem. My pc has 10/100/1000 and hers has 10/100

The choice of routers is as follows:
NETGEAR RP614 CABLE/DSL ROUTER Product Category - WIRED ROUTERS. RP614 factorydirect.ca Computer and Electronics Liquidator is your New and refurbished computer peripherals retail and wholesale computer liquidation source. 15 Stores in Ontario, Canad

NETGEAR FVS114 PROSAFE VPN 4PT ROUTER Product Category - WIRED ROUTERS. FVS114 factorydirect.ca Computer and Electronics Liquidator is your New and refurbished computer peripherals retail and wholesale computer liquidation source. 15 Stores in Ontari

NETGEAR DG834 4-PT ADSL2+ MODEM ROUTER Product Category - WIRED ROUTERS. DG834 factorydirect.ca Computer and Electronics Liquidator is your New and refurbished computer peripherals retail and wholesale computer liquidation source. 15 Stores in Ontari

Which would you suggest?

Now on to the printer...The printer is currently connected to my pc via usb. To share the printer with her pc, will a special cable be required or is the sharing done through the router? I know the setup is software based but do I continue to use usb or do i use the big pink plug? Last but not least, what cables will I need to make this setup work? Thanks.
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Old January 27, 2009, 07:24 AM
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If you are presently sharing the internet, then there is no reason other then enhanced security to get a router. Is you machine sharing the internet with hers via a second lan card on your machine or viseversa?
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Her pc is currently not connected to the internet or the printer. I want to set it up so we each have an independant connection. In other words, she can use the internet and printer even if my pc is powered down and I'm not around. My pc is the only one connected to the modem and printer.
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NETGEAR FVS114 PROSAFE VPN 4PT ROUTER Product Category - WIRED ROUTERS. FVS114 factorydirect.ca Computer and Electronics Liquidator is your New and refurbished computer peripherals retail and wholesale computer liquidation source. 15 Stores in Ontari

Now on to the printer...The printer is currently connected to my pc via usb. To share the printer with her pc, will a special cable be required or is the sharing done through the router? I know the setup is software based but do I continue to use usb or do i use the big pink plug? Last but not least, what cables will I need to make this setup work? Thanks.
I would choose the one above and add the 1YR Warranty from factorydirect.ca.

No extra cables to share the printer. You do that through the router and the network you are going to create. You need to share the printer from the computer to which is attached. Make sure both computers are in the same workgroup and add a printer on the second computer.

Network cables use RJ45 connections. For example these.
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I would get cat5e or greater
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Her pc is currently not connected to the internet or the printer. I want to set it up so we each have an independant connection. In other words, she can use the internet and printer even if my pc is powered down and I'm not around. My pc is the only one connected to the modem and printer.
Only way to share a printer like this is to buy a router with print sharing capabilities.
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Only way to share a printer like this is to buy a router with print sharing capabilities.
Yes and from my experience with an older SMC router w. the capability it didn't have bidirectional communication with the printer and computers could therefore not receive info from the printer - ie. out of paper, print cartridge levels, etc. Personally I found this very disappointing and something I hadn't realized or considered.
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Yes and from my experience with an older SMC router w. the capability it didn't have bidirectional communication with the printer and computers could therefore not receive info from the printer - ie. out of paper, print cartridge levels, etc. Personally I found this very disappointing and something I hadn't realized or considered.
Yup which is another downfall.. which is why its best to just leave it hooked up to a PC and leave that PC on 24/7
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So in other words, I need a router with printer sharing capabilities?
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or a printer that can print directly over the network
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I was just checking my printer specs and it says it can be shared over a USB chain. Can someone explain please?
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