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Unread 2011-06-04, 9:41   #1
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I have a regular printer that connects to the desktop via usb. That desktop doesn't work anymore so I use the laptop for all the computing. I have ATT Uverse. I connect wirelessly to the internet with the laptop. I'd like to use my printer from the laptop. I'm not sure exactly what I need. I've read some online but don't really understand. One thing says I need a wireless print server and the other says I need a wireless router with a usb input port for connecting a printer. I just looked on the back of the Uverse router and there isn't a port for a printer but there is a usb for PC but it doesn't look like a regular usb port, more like what the one on the printer looks like, kinda square.

Okay, so what's the easiest and cheapest way I can connect my laptop to my printer wirelessly?
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Unread 2011-06-04, 10:03   #2
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If it's not a "network printer" it will need to be shared by a computer that has the printer installed on it. In Microsoft speak, the printer is merely the "printing device" and the "printer" is the print manager on the computer it's connected to.

If your printer is a network printer, it will have an ethernet connection that you should be able to connect to your router. I'm not familiar with wireless print servers, but if they're cheap enough that sounds like a solution.
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Unread 2011-06-04, 10:04   #3
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Print server
http://www.newegg.com/Store/SubCateg...-Print-Servers
It may be just as cheap to get a wireless printer?
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Unread 2011-06-04, 10:19   #4
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3rd year of using this http://www.amazon.com/Brother-HL-217.../dp/B0010Z3LGO works great, Windows 7 you just click add printer and it takes care of it all. You can get that unit much cheaper shopping around, I just linked that for quick reference.
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Unread 2011-06-04, 10:43   #5
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Hmmm, thanks guys. Maybe I'll move the printer to a more accessible location and just connect it to the laptop when I need to print. All of that sounds like more trouble/money than I want to spend.

This printer is practically new so I hate to get a new one but it is several years old, we just haven't had a desktop to connect it to in a long time.
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Unread 2011-06-04, 11:13   #6
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That is hardly the fighting tech spirit we want to see around here.
http://www.monoprice.com/products/pr...seq=1&format=2
For $10 you can run around the house, print from the garden!

And fix the damn desktop!
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Unread 2011-06-04, 11:20   #7
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Hehe D-hum, I think you posted the wrong link -- unless Stacy's house is the size of a chest freezer.
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Unread 2011-06-04, 11:53   #8
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She had to buy 5 of them at $2 for 75 feet!
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Unread 2011-06-04, 12:03   #9
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In other news, you can run USB signal 75 ft. w/o a repeater?
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Unread 2011-06-04, 12:18   #10
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They did it on tech tv about 150 feet all with small cables stuck together. Dumbasses didn't tape them and it didn't work for the taping, but they swear it worked when playing with them!
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