OK guys, here is my problem. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
I have four computers in my home, all on a network. I have a router (connected to my cable modem) and a 5 port hub. Two of my computers are connected to the network using a D-Link wirless access point and wireless network cards. This means that my 5 port hub has one open port.
I have two printers that are connected to my main computer. By main computer, I mean the computer in my office. One printer (HP OfficeJet R-80) is connected through the parallel port and the other (HP LaserJet 1100) is connected using a Belkin USB/Parallel adapter. This computer has Windows 2000 and Mandrake 8.1 one it. The parallel printer works great in Linux but I can't get the Laser printer to work using the USB/Parallel adapter. Both printers work great in Windows.
One of the problems with this set up is that if my computer is down (or in standby) we can't access the printers from the other computers in order to print something. I'm thinking that I can solve this problem by getting a print server that plugs into my network hub. Then I can plug my printers into the print server instead of my computer. Do they make a print server that you can plug in more that one printer? If so, what is a good brand? What brands work well with both Windows and Linux?
If this idea will not work, what would you suggest to solve this problem?