Not sure whether I should put this in Windows or Mac section.
I've got a desktop windows on w7 and I've just a Mac 13" Laptop running OS X now the Canon printer I have will run straight off the Mac if plugged in but is plugged into the W7 puter normally. and it's a pain to change over as the cable is short to reach the Mac. Now I want to network that together so both can use the printer. My Grandson also has a windows Laptop that I would like to network as well to the printer. What gets me the computer names and how to express them when asked in when I am in the control/network. we have a 4 port router connection.
Apprciate if some one can help.
You're better off using a KVM switch box between the two foreign platforms. This way, one keyboard and one mouse can control and toggle between both MAC and Microsoft /OS indiscriminately at the touch of a button. No un-plugging and re-plugging cables. And best of all, no networking and all it's hassles required.
What Does KVM Switching Mean and HOW Does it Work?:
Networking is a hassle. Especially since you forgot to tell us if either your MAC and Win7 is 32 Bits a/o 64 Bits or a little of each. For example: If your Win7 is 64 Bit and your Mac is 32 Bit and you are running all your hardware from the Mac @ 32 Bits, networking will be worthless to you and a big, frustrating hassle.
You already have a 4 port router connection. In case you are using only 32 Bit hardware, with KVM you won't be forced to go out and buy 64 Bit hardware (because not all downloadable 32Bit to 64 Bit Driver upgrades work if you network. You will be forced to consider buying all new 64 Bit hardware in order to do so. That's what most manufacturers are hoping many people will do).
Here's a simple diagram I designed that I still use to show people about this:
I've Googled searched info about KVM Switching for you as follows:
I use a x4 port KVM Switch by TRENDnet called the TK-407K that works great for me:
Let us know how you make out. Happy hunting and Good luck!
Edited by windummy, 25 July 2013 - 12:00 PM.