I only use networked NON Win-Printers. That means that on one server, I can share the printer. Any computer on the network, including MS-DOS machines may print to it by: net use LPT1: \\dell690\laser /user:administrator password
My Atari 800 can also print to it using my Corvus box which contains a Neoware thin client (and a hard drive) running APE under XPe that is networked. The thin client boots XP (very quickly) from a SSD which is write protected with EWF so it can't be damaged. This is in an old Corvus OmniDrive box. The only original Corvus parts are the power supply and the fan. I enlarged the hole in the back where the DIP switches were and mounted an SIO2PC in the back panel. The thing works well. I can Remote Desktop into it and change the APE drive mappings, etc.
OK, technically, Windows XP is helping me to better use my 800, but, overall, my 800 has access to thousands of files, multiple printers, and TCP/IP Telnet. It is all in an old Corvus box, so it looks good beside the 800. So, a modern machine is acting as a helper for the 800, That's the only way I know how to describe it.
I encourage others to build a similar box. Use Corvus OmniDrive (won't work on the 8bit anyway), take out the controller and massive MFM drive. I mounted a Neoware CA15 board in there, on top of the metal supports that held the old motherboard. I had to bend one metal tab backwards for the holes to line up. It all fit very well. I used a USB drive adapter and IDE 80G drive at the bottom of the case, and the screws lined up through the bottom case slots.
I'll try to get pictures up. It's not perfected yet... I don't have all the front panel LEDs wired up yet, but I will.