Networking the printer


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Old 01-12-06, 07:37 PM
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Networking the printer

I was curious if anyone knew of a special, magical something that a guy could use to hook up a USB printer to a 4-port Wireless router and beable to use it on the network?
 
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Old 01-12-06, 07:39 PM
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Generally speaking you follow the instructions. Every router I have seen with a built in print server has instructions for how to make it work.
 
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Old 01-12-06, 07:49 PM
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Print server. I have ours set up that way. I'm using a Linksys PSUS4. Very easy to set up and use.
 
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Old 01-13-06, 07:45 AM
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What Tow Guy said, you need a print server that supports USB.
Linksys would not be my first choice though (NEVER had good service from linksys devices). D-Link's seem to be pretty reliable though.
 
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You don't have to go the print server route. You can get a HP JetDirect card (or some generic knockoff) and enable IP printing to that device. Print server may be easier, but this is another option.
 
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Old 01-13-06, 01:11 PM
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A 1 port USB JetDirect is over $150

A 2 parallel, 1 port usb printerserver is $60
 
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wow, thanks for the excellent posts, print server looks like the way to go! now I just gotta find a cheapie that'll work. Its just for the home, nothing big or important, to be used with a LinkSys model WRT54G 4 port wireless G router (doesn't seem or atleast advertise it has print server).
 
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Old 01-14-06, 08:22 AM
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$50-$60 is the cheapest print server you are going to find.
Try http://www.mwave.com or http://www.newegg.com
 
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Old 01-14-06, 04:57 PM
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Pendragon may be right on reliability, although I haven't had any problems. Occasionally I will have a print problem and the only fix seems to be to pull the power plug to the print server and then re-plug it. Comes right back up. If you are already using a Linksys router it may advantageous to also get their print server.
 
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Cheap solution. If you have multiple computers just install and hook the printer up to one and share it to the other PCs on your network.

Then on your other pc's just map the printer. Do search for computer name and then you will see all the shares on that pc.
 
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Old 01-16-06, 06:53 PM
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Originally Posted by lostinthewoods
Cheap solution. If you have multiple computers just install and hook the printer up to one and share it to the other PCs on your network.

Then on your other pc's just map the printer. Do search for computer name and then you will see all the shares on that pc.

That works, but the computer with the printer needs to be turned on, which means when I want to print, I have to wait for that computer to turn on, and wait for the network connections to be made. The print server sounds like all a guy has to do is turn the print on and go, which is what i want .
 
 

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