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Topic # 16331 4-Oct-2007 19:35
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I have my wireless network working, except I want to set up a wireless printer, how do I do this?

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  Reply # 89573 4-Oct-2007 23:08
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Do you have any network attached device that can act as a print server?

I have a Maxtor 500gb NAS (network attached storage) external hard drive, that has a built in print server...this device is connected directly to my wifi router via ethernet...
It allows for 2 usb connections ie: another 160gb portable hard drive and a printer in my case...
This allows all my data and the printer to be available to the whole network, regardless of what computer is on or off.
All over wifi.

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  Reply # 89593 5-Oct-2007 09:01
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Beware that many print servers do not pass information back from the printer to the computer you're printing from.  So, for example, you may not be able to monitor ink cartridge levels using the printer software on your computer. This was certainly the case with a print server I used to have, and it was very frustrating since the ink cartridges were opaque and working out which cartridge had run out of ink involved deciphering the combination of flashing lights on the printer. So, check that your printer will continue to communicate with your computer through the printer server. Alternatively, you could buy a network printer.  I have a Canon PIXMA iP4000R, which has an 11 Mbps wireless network card built in.  All computers on the network can print to this printer and all can monitor the ink levels.


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  Reply # 89599 5-Oct-2007 09:45
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I agree with BobW. Not all printers are supported by the USB printer server on the router (or whatever). Best solution is get a network-aware printer, most higher-end have wireless feature.

If must reuse your current printer, find whether your current printer is supported by the wireless printer server device or not, or check with the printer manufacturer to see if there is any wireless network server for that particular model.

Failing all that, best is connect to a PC, share it out that way. That will ensure that the printer driver is working as intended and yet shared across the whole network. The shortfall of this is, the pc that the printer connected to must be running too.

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