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Connect printer to router to get rid of desktop?

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  1. Sylvanscion

    Sylvanscion Thread Starter

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    Hi there! :) I'm trying to connect my printer (a Canon Pixma MP460) to my wireless router, so that I can box up my desktop and just use my laptop from now on.
    I have an adapter already so I can plug it directly into the router, the problem is me- I have no idea how to configure things so that the printer knows where it is, once it's plugged in there, or so that my laptop (or my husband's Macbook, for that matter) can see that it still exists.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated!!
     
  2. ~Candy~

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    Hi and welcome. What kind of adapter do you have for it? USB to Ethernet? If so, I'm not quite sure that will work.
     
  3. Sylvanscion

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    Yeah, that's what I have, because that's the only option I thought I had. The only cord coming from the printer is a USB, and the only ports on the back of the router are ethernet.
    Ok, so that's not the solution. What's next? :)
     
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    I think you are going to need to connect the printer to a print server.

    Something like this:

    http://www.dlink.com/products/?model=DP-301U

    Not all printers will work with print servers. I have an HP all in one that won't. I just keep it connected to a desktop.
     
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    Ah. Thank you, I'll definitely look into those. And poke around the Canon website to make sure whether they say it'll be compatible, in the first place. Why do they have to make it so difficult? *lol*
     
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    It's not only the printer, it's the print server that has to like the printer ;)
     
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    *headdesk*
    Thank you for your help!! I so hope we can find something that will play nice with the printer *and* the router *and* my little Wind *and* hubby's Mac....
     
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    The Mac and your operating system isn't that important as to the print server/printer. I have found however, that sharing a printer with Windows and Mac regardless HOW you do it can be trying :D
     
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    Well, I found that the Canon site recommends the Silex C-6700WG Print Server, which is compatible with Windows XP. And the Pixma printer we have, we bought a bluetooth adapter for it, so the Mac has been printing to it via that this whole time, so it should be fine...
    Now just to convince the hubby that we can wait for the print server to come in the mail instead of him running out and buying one that's not recommended by Canon, and it not working anyway...
     
  10. ~Candy~

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    Can't help with that one, you're on your own :D
     
  11. Sylvanscion

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    :D Ah well. Thank you for your help so far!!
     
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    You're welcome :)
     
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