[WIN7] What do you do for sharing a USB scanner? From Googling today, apparently Windows 7 has no native capability to scan things using a scanner connected to another computer.
Apparently my options are
1) Swap USB cables. (Free)
2) Get a USB switch ($10).
3) Use third-party network scanning software such as Network Twain Engine (open source) or a commercial solution ($??)
In this specific case, always using the computer that the scanner is physically connected to isn't really an option since that computer might be in use for other purposes when the scanner is needed.
What do you do for network scanning? I'm leaning towards option 2 but haven't yet tested Network Twain Engine.
The scanner in question is a Canon MP150 and it supports WIA.
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Use the computer that the scanner is physically connected to - on the grounds that the physical placement is such that, if the PC is busy, then you can't conveniently get to the scanner either
I considered following the network-scanner option, but sort of abandoned the idea when I realised that, unlike a printer, you actually have to be near the scanner - so multipage remote scans would involve a lot of running back and forth.
The USB switch wouldn't work for me - different rooms.
Note Network Twain Engine doesn't seem to have been updated on Sourceforge for 3 years; that might be a bad sign. Or maybe it's sufficient and complete and has no bugs.
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I recently bought a Canon PIXMA MG5320 all in one. Any computer on the network can print or scan to it. Only problem so far is I have a better Canon scanner attached to my one computer and the Canon software won't scan to it now that it's set for this. I have to use other scanning software.
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