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    Two label printer USB connected to an A/B switch connected to a single PC via USB

    Customer is proposing the above, what are the problems?

    Wireless available via TCP/IP but at greater cost and complexity.

    No local cable drops. Long interior distances.

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    Re: Two label printer USB connected to an A/B switch connected to a single PC via USB

    ... Two Toshiba wireless anterna/ board interface for a BEX4T2 label printer will cost about $1,200.00 installed.

    In an effort to get to a lower cost, I am wondering if I can use the NIC card interface built into each label printer to connect via network cable to a wireless bridge called A. Could Wireless Bridge A connect to the customer's existng wireless network?

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    Re: Two label printer USB connected to an A/B switch connected to a single PC via USB

    I have asked several people and they all say the same this set up is problematic and recommend a IP address solution via network cable or wireless adaptor.

    There are also bulletins from Microsoft that a recent update KB5015807 further breaks the reliability of USB printing.

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    Re: Two label printer USB connected to an A/B switch connected to a single PC via USB

    If the distance is less than 300ft, cable runs would be your best (and most cost efficient) solution.


    Failing to plan is planning to fail!!!

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    Re: Two label printer USB connected to an A/B switch connected to a single PC via USB

    Quote Originally Posted by SalesServiceGuy View Post
    ... Two Toshiba wireless anterna/ board interface for a BEX4T2 label printer will cost about $1,200.00 installed.

    In an effort to get to a lower cost, I am wondering if I can use the NIC card interface built into each label printer to connect via network cable to a wireless bridge called A. Could Wireless Bridge A connect to the customer's existng wireless network?
    If the printers have network ports, a WiFi can be used. Should be under $50.00 US each. StarTech makes a 1-Port Wireless N USB 2.0 Network Print Server for under $100.00 US each.

    How long is the total distance? It might be too far for USB. It not why use an A/B switch? Why not just use 2 separate USB ports on the computer or an external port expander.

    Most likely too far to use Bluetooth for one of them.

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    Re: Two label printer USB connected to an A/B switch connected to a single PC via USB

    A bit of a bump, but curious what you finally did for this customer...

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