Older printer connected to network

KrisK91

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I have a older style printer/fax machine (Brother MFC 8820d) and I am trying to hook it up to my network so that I can print to it wirelessly. Is this possible to do? I do not have a computer nearby so hooking it up via USB really isn't an easy option. I also do not have a router with a USB port on it.

Any suggestions?

Thank you!
 

cwwozniak

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RustyBl0ck, I deleted your one word post as it did not contribute to the discussion. Please refrain from making any more such posts.
 

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Do a search for wireless network print server. It would appear that printer has USB and parallel ports, so take your pick.
 

KrisK91

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Can someone point me in the direction to set up this printer wirelessly?
 

flavallee

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That's a very old printer that goes back to the pre-Windows XP days.
From what I can determine, it's not capable of being set up with a wireless connection.

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TerryNet

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Can someone point me in the direction to set up this printer wirelessly?
Mark did--in his post about 3 hours before yours! In case you don't understand "Do a search" it means to open a web browser (Firefox, Internet Explorer, Chrome, Safari, etc.) and use a search engine (Bing, Yahoo!, Google, etc.).
 

plodr

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How do you expect to hook up that printer to your network IF a) you don't have a computer close to the printer and b) you don't have a USB port on your router?

I had a printer from 2003 hooked up to an old print server. Eventually that died. I now have the printer connected to one computer and when the computer is on, all other Windows computers can print to it.
(In fact my husband just printed 2 things from his Win 7 laptop to the printer this morning.)

Possibly buy a print server? This is an example. Read reviews before you buy anything.
https://www.amazon.com/IOGEAR-1-Port-Print-Server-GPSU21/dp/B000FW60FW

Note I've never used a USB print server, mine was the old parallel printer port to ethernet.
 
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Actually, if this printer has a USB connection, the solution is rather easy. Get a Raspberry Pi. You can then share the printer on your network and everyone can print to it. You can even stick the Pi to the printer.
 

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