> Just a basic question...
> If I have my Vista-compatible scanner connected to the USB port of an XP
> machine will I be able to fully control it from my Vista machine in the
> same domain?
Only if the scanner was specifically designed for networking, and comes
with the necessary software.
> Will there be any tricks/complexities in setting it up?
Normally, input devices cannot be shared, at all, but this isn't
always true of scanners. You'll be able to share the scanner only if
it's manufacturer provided specialized software for that purpose.
You have to use a network-capable scanner (which immediately
eliminates most, if not all, USB scanners) and specialized software
(that comes with the scanner) to do this. If you're talking about a
home consumer grade flatbed USB or parallel port scanner, you very
HP, Canon, Xerox, Océ, Kyocera Mita, and other companies
manufacture network capable scanners (They're actually multi-function
devices that also copy, print, and sometimes fax and email) and the
requisite specialized software. The cost of such devices usually
starts somewhere just below $5,000.00 USD.
The HP PrecisionScan Pro application, versions 2.03 and higher,
which normally comes with some of HP's low-end business scanners,
permits some of the scanning functions to be shared. Consult the
documentation that came with the scanner. (I know it works, if not
very well; I've set up HP ScanJet 6300C and 7490C devices to be
shared, using the supplied software.)
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