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Found 8th Feb 2009
so trying to set up my mums wireless printer but when it searches for wireless networks her mobile broadband dosnt appear so cant set it up. it was really easy to set up on my comp but i have home broadband is it cause her mobile broadband is on a hidden network? and if so does anyone know if there is anyway to connect it or if it cant be done? cheers

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i believe wireless printers need to go through a wireless router, mobile broadband doesnt use wifi so cant support the wireless printer.

as shane said .... my wireless printer needs to find my wireless router .... and usb mobile broadband is done without a router

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so i defo cant use it wireless then i have to have it plugged in with usb yeah?

bellows;4324412

so i defo cant use it wireless then i have to have it plugged in with usb … so i defo cant use it wireless then i have to have it plugged in with usb yeah?



it should be possible if you have a wireless(wifi) adapter in your pc, the printer doesn't need broadband so ignore that side of it will make it easier to get your head round.
if your mums isn't a lappy with built in wifi, a usb wifi adapter is about £10 on avg

As already mentioned mobile broadband is just that; a broadband connection using mobile phone technology, it is not and should not be confused with WiFi technology. sorry

maddogb;4327533

it should be possible if you have a wireless(wifi) adapter in your pc, … it should be possible if you have a wireless(wifi) adapter in your pc, the printer doesn't need broadband so ignore that side of it will make it easier to get your head round.if your mums isn't a lappy with built in wifi, a usb wifi adapter is about £10 on avg



I think directing bellows through a peer to peer Wifi network connection will lead to mucho confusion, USB is the way to go

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maddogb;4327533

it should be possible if you have a wireless(wifi) adapter in your pc, … it should be possible if you have a wireless(wifi) adapter in your pc, the printer doesn't need broadband so ignore that side of it will make it easier to get your head round.if your mums isn't a lappy with built in wifi, a usb wifi adapter is about £10 on avg



it has wifi built in but when setting up the printer with the cd that comes with the printer it says it needs to connect to a wireless connection and does a search and just comes back with the few wireless connections that are around her flat like next doors wireless etc

bellows;4332016

it has wifi built in but when setting up the printer with the cd that … it has wifi built in but when setting up the printer with the cd that comes with the printer it says it needs to connect to a wireless connection and does a search and just comes back with the few wireless connections that are around her flat like next doors wireless etc



as pointed out, it wouldn't be a plug n play solution you would need to set some things manually such as ssid, turn off encryption, and set PCs adapter to "ad-hoc" mode
and go down the manual ip route but it is still possible as long as the printer will let you enter these details manually, what printer is it?
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