Wireless or Ethernet Printer??

Wireless or Ethernet Printer??

PostBy: Devil505 On: Wed Jan 21, 2009 10:49 pm

I'm looking to get a new deskjet printer & I want it to be usable by all computers in the house, including my wife's laptop which accesses the internet via our wireless router. What is the difference (if any) between an Ethernet & a Wireless printer?
(which one do I want?)
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Re: Wireless or Ethernet Printer??

PostBy: AdkCoal On: Wed Jan 21, 2009 11:53 pm

An Ethernet printer will plug into an Ethernet network via an Ethernet cable. Your router acts as the hub of your personal Ethernet network in your house. Depending on the router and firewall settings on the machines, you could plug an Ethernet printer into one port of the router and it should appear on the network. This restricts the printer to being co-located near the router. Since it involves firewall settings and router configurations this setup can be confusing.

A wireless printer has a wireless router built into it and will appear to your desktop computers as another wireless network to which you can connect. They are usually more expensive but they are also more flexible. You can unplug the things and move them around the house as needed.

The following URL takes you to some tutorials at the HP web site on Wireless printing.
http://www.hp.com/united-states/campaig ... ningTools/

If it was me I would buy a wireless printer.
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Re: Wireless or Ethernet Printer??

PostBy: acesover On: Thu Jan 22, 2009 4:22 am

My daughter bought me a HP-3680 for xmas, it worked one time after three hours on the phone with a guy from India. I turned it off and the next day back to square one. My computer will not recognize its there.
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Re: Wireless or Ethernet Printer??

PostBy: Devil505 On: Thu Jan 22, 2009 7:28 am

Thanks for the replies guys. It looks like wireless is what I want then. Anyone have recommendations for a good wireless all-in-one printer that actually works, right out of the box? (I rarely have to print anything so it will get very light use)
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Re: Wireless or Ethernet Printer??

PostBy: ceccil On: Thu Jan 22, 2009 11:47 pm

I'm not using either. I have a standard printer hooked up to my desktop. Desktop and 2 laptops are wireless with our router. Can print from both laptops going through wireless home network.

Jeff
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Re: Wireless or Ethernet Printer??

PostBy: djackman On: Sat Jan 31, 2009 2:50 pm

I've found the best way to run a wireless printer wirelessly :D is to hardwire it to your network and access it via your access point.

Most of the HP wireless printers I've installed have an ethernet port in them and had trouble joining or staying on a security enabled wireless network.

Always set a static IP for a network printer.
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Re: Wireless or Ethernet Printer??

PostBy: Devil505 On: Sat Jan 31, 2009 3:01 pm

Bought an HP C4580 wireless printer http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp ... 5216328841 & now all computers can use it with no problem!
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Re: Wireless or Ethernet Printer??

PostBy: CapeCoaler On: Sat Jan 31, 2009 9:22 pm

I've found the best way to run a wireless printer wirelessly is to hardwire it to your network and access it via your access point.

Most of the HP wireless printers I've installed have an ethernet port in them and had trouble joining or staying on a security enabled wireless network.

Always set a static IP for a network printer.


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