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  1. peck1234

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    My main computer is hardwired directly to the modem. I then have a wire from the modem going to my router of choice that is connected to my wireless printer. Is there anyway I can print from my wired connection on my PC since the router and modem are connected?
     
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    Is the device you label as "modem" a modem/router combo with multiple LAN ports? If not, we need you to describe your network.

    If you are using the second router as ethernet switch and wireless access point only then the answer to your question is 'yes.'

    If you are daisy-chaining the routers then I'm 99% sure that the answer is 'no.' Unless the printer has email capability and that is enabled.
     
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    Terry, I respectfully disagree with that. If OP has/adds a wifi or bluetooth dongle AND the printer has a capability for WiFi direct and/Or Bluetooth? Then it can be done. But obviously it'll take some tweaking and would disconnect others from using the WiFi printer while directly connected. But it can be done.

    @peck1234 Why do you have a machine directly connected to the modem, yet still a router with wifi devices connected. It'd be nice to know, as Terry said, the exact setup of your network.
     
  4. peck1234

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    The Main Modem/Router Combo I am hard wired into with my PC and I have the internal router (wifi) turned off. I have a more expensive router hooked up from the main modem/router combo with a cat5 cable for better range. Only 1 network.

    PC is plugged into main modem/router with cat5. (network is off)
    Cat 5 - to better router where wireless printers are all hooked up.

    Im trying to print from hard wired connection. Reason for direct connection to the modem/router with my PC is for the best possible speeds running a 1gb connection.
     
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    @peck1234 .
    You'll never utilize a 1gb ethernet connection to a modem. Your internet connection simply, with few exceptions, isn't fast enough. If that's the only reason? I'd connect the modem to the router's WAN port and then all the devices to its LAN ports. Utilizing WiFi as well, obviously.

    Be advised that you may need to have your modem set to bridge mode. It depends on the type of connection you have.

    That will allow all traffic through to the router which then will handle DHCP, Firewall (if available) and traffic between all your devices. You can then just install the drivers for the printer and print directly to it. I do recommend that you set a DHCP reservation for the printer so it always gets the same IP. Or you can manually set a static IP in the printer. Either way, the result will be the same.
     
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    Morten, when there are both ethernet and wireless segments on one LAN they act as one LAN. A device (e.g., a computer) connected by ethernet can communicate with a device connected by Wi-Fi (e.g., a printer). My all-in-one printer is connected via Wi-Fi and one of my laptops (essentially used as a desktop) has its wireless "permanently" switched off and is connected by ethernet and prints fine (when the printer is not acting up).
     
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    Providing that both the printer and the computer are on the same subnet (i.e. 192.168.x.y) then you can print to it.

    Make sure that the printer is either has a static IP via the router (DHCP Reserve) or you manually add it. Then ping the IP from the computer. If you can ping it, then use the printer software or manually add the printer.
     
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    Terry, that's what I meant as well. I think you misunderstood what I meant. If he has his pc connected directly to the modem may get a public IP address and therefore not be on the same subnet. For that he'd need a second device.
    That's why I recommended that he remove the direct connection from modem to PC and connect modem to router and than all devices through there.
     
  9. TerryNet

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    Now I understand, Morten. I assumed that the "modem" is a modem/router combo (which peck1234 has now confirmed in post # 4). Even when my assumptions are correct they can get me in trouble. :(
     
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    This would mean that the wireless connection was turned off, so the LAN connections will still get a private IP from the router component from the modem gateway and the second router is set up to also use the same configuration.

    If it was set up to get a Public IP then there would be issues ;) :)

    @peck1234 do you still need assistance?
     
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