At my house there is a network of 4 computers, all wired to a router next to one computer. The computers are pretty spread out throughout the house and the ethernet cable is in the wall to connect all the computers. Anyway, there is a printer connected to my computer, and I've set it up to be shared and all, but I want to be able to have other printers print to it while it's offline; thus the network print server.
This is not my area of expertise so I want to ask a few questions
1. As my printer is so far away from the router, I doubt I can connect the printer server all the way from my router to my printer. So, what should do? Where my ethernet cable comes out from the wall next to my computer, should I add another router? Or is there an easier way?
2. I read that there are two different types: parallel and usb. My computer is currently connected to the printer with USB, so does that mean I need usb? What's the difference between them and is one better?
3. I read that you need to make sure to get a printer server compatible with your printer. Are the printer servers very printer specific?
4. The printer I have is also a scanner... will I still be able to scan pictures to my computer if it is plugged into the network instead of the computer?