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Connecting USB Printer to Router to run on Network

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by experience, 23 Mar 2010.

  1. experience

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    Hi, i want to connect my USB printer to my router so all the laptops in the house can print to it without having to physically connect the usb cable to each laptop to print.

    I have a HP 2410 all in one printer which has no built in network features
    http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/product?product=303753&lc=en&cc=us&dlc=en&dlc=en&lang=en&cc=us

    I also have a Linksys WRT54GS wireless router which doesnt have a built in print server
    http://www.linksysbycisco.com/UK/en/support/WRT54GS

    What i was thinking was to use a USB to Ethernet adaptor
    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=320498132039&ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT
    which will connect my printer to the router, on each laptop add a new printer using the TCP/IP address and type the IP address of the port the printers connected to on the router and hopefully it will find it and install the drivers from the CD. Sounds good in theory but not sure if it will work as there will be no print server?

    Alternatively if that dont work then buying a USB print server such as this
    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Netgear-PS121...K_Computing_Networking_SM?hash=item53e05548bc
    Again adding a new printer using the IP address and installing the drivers.

    Any ideas if this will work - any issues you can see?
    What would happen if i printed 3 jobs using the usb to ethernet adaptor which has no print server - would they still join the printer job list or would that only happen if i use the usb print server?
     
  2. Monkeh

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    You will require the print server. I don't know what that adapter is intended for, but it will not serve to operate a printer.
     
  3. Ricardus

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    A simple USB to Ethernet converter won't work, you'd need a USB Print server (or an ethernet print server).

    My advice is to connect the printer to one laptop then share it across the network - you will of course have to have that laptop running to print from another.
     
  4. joinerjohn

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    Just reading this post and wondering if anyone can help me?
    Both my computer and my partners are connected to the internet via a Netgear WGR614 router (both hard wired into it) How would I enable her computer to use the printer connected to my computer. I understand I have to set them up as a home network, but how do I do this??
    Short of asking one of the grandkids ;). How do I access the router? etc etc
    All basic questions for some but what the heck, I'm pushing 54 now.
    Cheers
    JJ
     
  5. dave.m

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    Sorry Dave, forgot to say what OS they are using. Both use WinXP Home Edition. I've been having a look through the link you gave me and I'm sure I'll work it out, but any pointers would be gratefully received.
     
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    I'm pushing 65 but can do it, so it should be a breeze for you youngsters.

    The only advice is to follow the instructions in the link I gave and take it one stage at a time.
    Set a new restore point by following these instructions before you start and then should you get it wrong, you can always go back and start again.


    dave
     
  8. Gees

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    If you have a hard wired network, The best way is to have a networked printer connected , either directly or via a print server ( a small unit that connects to the printer AND the network. ( google "jet direct" ) Once set up correctly anyone on the network can print out on it.

    Its a bit complex for home use but is definatly the way to go if you want to do it Properly
     
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