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Getting a bit off topic here, but I do have the computers tied via a Linksys router and cable modem; both have ethernet cards and I will be able to hook in my laptop also by buying an ethernet card for it. The idea is to simply copy the file to be printed to the old computer and print from it from there (not really a "print server" in the usual context). To get back on topic, I'm planning to connect both scanners (SS 2K and Agfa Duoscan) to the new box and the two printers to the old one. Bernie gary wrote: > There are generally options in the print driver than either print directly > to the printer, or use spooling on the PC. If you spool, the PC should not > be tied up. This is independent of having a print server. I don't know how > much the print server (like an axis box) buffers the data, but I doubt it is > 10s of megabytes. > > You can keep the old PC for surfing the net. That is one good way to keep > viruses off the new PC. Since you sound like you want to set up a home > network, get a router switch rather than a plain switch. This would allow > you to share a modem between the old and new PC, putting both on the net at > the same time. Something like a SMC barricade 7004 would do the trick for > under $100. That is what I use even for a dial up, though it is designed for > broadband. It has a print server port as well, though I can't say I ever > used it since I owned the axis box first. > > If you want to run two PCs, you may need a KVM if your monitor doesn't have > a video switch. - Turn off HTML mail features. Keep quoted material short. Use accurate subject lines. http://www.leben.com/lists for list instructions.