Printing possible through wireless network?
Posted 22 February 2008 - 01:44 PM
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Posted 22 February 2008 - 08:39 PM
I believe that is the method to make your printer a network printer.
With the printer plugged into the router, any computer that is accessing your network should then be able to print to the one network printer attached to the router.
I don't really know that much about networks, but from the little I do know, I believe that is correct.
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Posted 23 February 2008 - 02:56 AM
The less attractive, but cheapest method of printing to that printer is to simply share the printer connected to the Dell PC. Windows will permit you to share the printer and give it an appropriate name for the network share. Your iBook will print to Windows shared printers.
Advantage: Cheap. Nothing to buy.
Disadvantage: Your Dell computer has to be running in order to print. Even at 40 watts, that's a fair amount of electricity throughout the year for the thing to be sitting idle. It's a bit of work to get working.
A better way is to buy a wireless print server such as the Netgear WGPS606. These things are surprisingly cheap; I watch for sales on them and have bought them for $50 at retail stores. What makes these things awesome is that they work wonderfully as a wireless bridge, something that similar devices cost $120. Instead of dropping a $100 on some proprietary wireless USB device for a Tivo, or an Xbox, I use one of these. Better still, they're a print server in every sense of the word. It supports IP printing to USB printers such as yours, and Bonjour has no problems working through it.
Advantage: Uses a hint of electricity, great wireless bridge, works great with OS X. Supports USB printers, full IP printing. Relatively cheap.
Disadvantage: It's a royal pain in the neck to configure it for the first time without Windows. If you use Windows and the setup CD, you'll be running in 5 minutes. If you try to snub your nose and use your iBook and web browser, have the asprin handy. And you'll need to reconfigure your Dell to use it (which the setup software does do).
Finally, the primero method is to just buy an Apple Airport Extreme 802.11n wireless access point, slam the USB cable for the printer into its USB port and tell your iBook to find the damn printer.
Advantage: You have your cake and eat it too. It's sexy, it's cool. You'll be your neighborhood's latest drinker of the Apple Kool-Aid. I take mine with a hint of mint and a little rum on the weekends.
Disadvantage. Cost. You already have an access point. And you'll need to reconfigure the Dell to work with that.
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Posted 24 February 2008 - 01:25 PM
Posted 21 March 2008 - 05:59 AM
I suggest to people with a high speed internet to get a network printer, that is the easiest way to share a printer
Posted 15 April 2008 - 02:15 AM
Doing it this way your primary PC (the one the printer is connected to) would need to be turned on in order to print.
Hope this helps,
Posted 31 May 2008 - 02:48 AM
Also there may be new products out since I last tried to get it to work. As Macs have gained market share, products to allow a windows/mac mixed network have been coming to market. Don't know if you can share a printer between your dell and mac by setting up sharing on the windows machine.
As far as I know there is no way to do it sans computer without a new piece of equipment; you'll need either a print server or a network (wired/ethernet or wi fi) printer to use a printer with a router. I have the same router and printer. There is no USB on my router. The USB port on my modem is for direct wired connection to a comp.
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