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Connecting wireless printer to network

Discussion in 'Networking' started by holymoly, Jan 18, 2013.

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  1. holymoly

    holymoly Thread Starter

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    We have printers connected to the network, but I need a standalone printer connected to my workstation due to the confidential nature of some of my printing.

    I chose a small wireless printer as I already am being strangled with wires and cables.

    I went thru the wireless installation, and was told to connect PC to printer via USB.

    I finally got a connection, but not the one I wanted. We also have a wireless router, but connecting to it
    I got message saying "a connection was made but your PC is not connected to your printer".

    What do I need, a wireless USB adapter connected to PC?
     
  2. TerryNet

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    I don't understand. Is the router you mention one that you are going to use just for your computer and printer--no internet access and no other devices connected--or is it one that multiple people use?

    If the former, now that you have the printer connected all you need to do is connect your computer to the router. If the latter, it seems to me other people would have access to the printer.
     
  3. Couriant

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    Your computer will need a wireless adapter if it does not have one. Most if not all printers have a function called ad-hoc, which I assume that is your problem here if you don't have a wireless adapter.

    Be advised though, the ad-hoc may not be secure and will allow other people to connect to the printer. I am not too sure how far the signal will go though.
     
  4. holymoly

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    The network or server is not connected to the router.
     
  5. holymoly

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    The wireless adapter, could this be a USB drive or an actually piece that pops inside the tower?
     
  6. Couriant

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    Either/or. If you are comfortable doing the internal one, i think those are cheaper.
     
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