Wireless printing.. no wireless port on printer

Wireless printing.. no wireless port on printer

Post by 127.0.0. » Thu, 09 Jun 2005 07:55:18

Im thinking of buying a printer and due to the size and location I would
like the printer to be upstairs and
connect to it wirelessly.

So how do I make it wireless ? The options :

A) The printer has an Ethernet port but no wifi... should I buy a print
server ?

B) Should I buy an Ethernet bridge to make it into 802.11g compatible ?

C) The 3rd option is a wifi router - could I buy a router and have a small
ethernet cable hooked into it and then access
the printer through the router wirelessley ? This way the router is alot
better equipment and does the same thing as an Ethernet bridge / print

Which is the best and space saving ?


Wireless printing.. no wireless port on printer

Post by Don » Thu, 09 Jun 2005 21:23:12

I use a print server which I bought on E-Bay. Works great...but make sure
it's compatible with your printer.


Wireless printing.. no wireless port on printer

Post by fmmc » Fri, 10 Jun 2005 01:57:56

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A) This is a good option if there is some added value to having the print
server, such as additional buffering of print jobs. Some HP printers have
that capability in their Ethernet cards, so there might be no benefit to
having a wireless print server other than for the wireless interface.

B) The wireless bridge is probably the simplest, cheapest option. Be
aware that some so-called bridges are only capable of operating as an
access point (base station), not as a client.

C) If you have an existing wireless network, then your C) option may not
be appropriate. You could use the existing router to connect to the
printer's Ethernet port, but there should only be one router. If you turn
off its router functions, it may not be capable of being configured as a
bridge (client).

An exception to this is the 802.11g "Wireless Distribution System" (WDS),
where several routers can be configured to do exactly what you want. A
few brands such as Buffalo and Apple Airport have the WDS capability. All
but the master have their routing functions disabled.

My current setup has three (firmware-updated) Buffalo WBR-G54 wireless
routers, with one configured as the master and two as WDS clients. My
printer happens to be connected to the master, but works equally well
connected to either of the others. The WDS clients can also be set up to
relay signals that originate at a distance from the master unit, if you
need that capability.


Wireless printing.. no wireless port on printer

Post by measekit » Fri, 10 Jun 2005 03:44:28

Option C works great.