Ok, so I've let this lapse a bit because things have been crazy here at work.
CaveDweller2, thank you for putting up with my ignorance and trying to get to the bottom of this.
I think I need to clarify a couple things. First, the Router
we were provided by Telus has 4 ports, but only 1 of them is active. I have a switch
that has plenty of available ports. As for the number of static IP addresses, I think it is a package of 5, I don't think we're paying for individual static IP's. The reason for the static IP in the first place: we have a server that is being set up to run a nifty bit of software (primarily used for construction) allowing a number of simultaneous users to log in and view/update a project database (this is sort of parallel to our own internal network, I think we may end up using this server for all of our internal files eventually, but we want them to be separate for now).
All I want for the 'print server' is to hook up a bunch of printers via USB to one machine and then print on whichever printer from whichever workstation. I'm only looking to have printing capability from the local network (myself and our few employees within the office), rather than anyone who logs onto the server.
I need more router ports to make this work, as you mentioned the reason 'why routers were invented and NAT was developed'. Let us assume that I can not activate the remaining ports on the existing router, can I add another router to this setup? (ie, wall > telus router > our router > workstations/print server/etc.).
Again, many thanks for your help on this. Please don't tear all of your hair out dealing with me ;)
Looking forward to your response.
Edited by istbar, 23 November 2009 - 01:40 PM.