View Full Version : Scanner Sharing

05-30-2002, 05:40 PM
Does anyone know how to share a paralell port scanner on a Windows98SE network?

yours truly,
Uranium :-*

05-31-2002, 03:37 PM
Are you sure that Windows 98 even supports sharing scanners? I thought that was a more recent addition in Windows XP, or maybe 2000.

05-31-2002, 04:02 PM
There is no such a built-in option (as far as I know), some utility probably exists ...

but you can try the following :
run add printer wizard, then when it asks for driver try to pick the driver for scanner, then port and so on. then share it

it sounds odd, but since printers and scanners make similar use of ports this one may work

just a thought, but basically when you share printer you share it's port, so ...

05-31-2002, 05:39 PM
Wouldn't there be some issues, however, because a printer is an output device, whereas a scanner is an input device? Would you have to print to the scanner to be able to scan something?

05-31-2002, 07:52 PM
technically printers are input/output devices these days (bi-directional)

yeah, in order to get the data from a scanner, you would have to select a source, which I don't believe it possible. I can try, but I'm not sure it would work

05-31-2002, 08:00 PM
it won't let me select a scanner drive. It has printers only. It's what it's programmed to do. fudge, I'll have to try a seperate program.

01-24-2004, 10:45 AM
There is software called RemoteScan that lets you share any scanner between windows users on your network as well as over the Internet. I bought it, it works great, and for less than 1/3 the cost of an additional scanner, now everyone in my family can scan from their own computer without booting me off of mine!

This is text from their web site at http://www.share-scanner.com :

There are several common situations where it useful to be able to
share a scanner on a network, such as:

1) A scanner is connected to a computer where someone is working who
does not want to stop doing what they are doing every time someone
else needs to use the scanner.

2) A scanner is connected to a computer on a home wireless network,
and someone on a laptop wants to use the scanner but does not want to
have to disconnect and then reconnect cables, etc.

3) A higher-end scanner is in a dust-free environment where a
technician or other worker physically places the documents and then
from their own computers operate the scanner without having to be
anywhere near it.

4) At internet cafes and other public use locations where a scanner
is located back behind a counter. The counter person can take
documents from a customer and place them onto the scanner, then
letting the customer operate the scanner from their own computer or
work station. This keeps the counter person from having to know how
to run any software at all.

Up until now it was not possible to easily do so, but software called
RemoteScan makes it easy to now share a scanner between other Windows computers.


01-24-2004, 02:01 PM
that was spam. but I'm going to let it fly cause the software looks so cool

01-24-2004, 03:19 PM
yea that's good spam.. because it's relevant.