Help! Need a very long A to B printer lead or better

Can anyone help?

Need to connect my printer to my router using a usb lead (a to b)

Problem is printer is in one room and router in another.

What can I do to solve this issue if I do not want to move either of them?

Thanks

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try a network cable if your printer has a network port? or if there is a PC near the printer share the printer thru the PC? or get lots of extension cables from poundland think they are like 2m long... but there is a limit on how long a usb cable can be i think... might want to google that

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thanks for that. will look into it.

will the pc always have to be on to share the printer?

if so, this won't be an option.

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waqasraja1982;4509809

thanks for that. will look into it.will the pc always have to be on to … thanks for that. will look into it.will the pc always have to be on to share the printer?if so, this won't be an option.



yeah it would

google wireless print server, won't be cheap though last time i looked bout £50 was the cheapest

The maximum length of USB, without repeaters, is only 5m

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maddogb;4509925

google wireless print server, won't be cheap though last time i looked … google wireless print server, won't be cheap though last time i looked bout £50 was the cheapest



I think I have a wireless printer server built into my router. It is a belkin router. I can print wirelessly when they are next to each other.

The problem is I don't want the printer where it is.

If that makes sense

This may seem a silly option but you could buy your own printer.

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GAVINLEWISHUKD;4510051

This may seem a silly option but you could buy your own printer.



We have 3 laptops and one pc in the house. We need the printer to be in the most accessible room in the house, which isn't next to the router.

Does that make sense?

waqasraja1982;4510142

We have 3 laptops and one pc in the house. We need the printer to be in … We have 3 laptops and one pc in the house. We need the printer to be in the most accessible room in the house, which isn't next to the router.Does that make sense?



Is this ADSL (through phone line) or DSL (cable i.e. Virgin Media)?

If it is ADSL then you can get a phone extension lead, and move the router into the room where the printer is. If the mountain won't go to Mohammed .....

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peodude;4510166

Is this ADSL (through phone line) or DSL (cable i.e. Virgin Media)?If it … Is this ADSL (through phone line) or DSL (cable i.e. Virgin Media)?If it is ADSL then you can get a phone extension lead, and move the router into the room where the printer is. If the mountain won't go to Mohammed .....



Unfortunately, it's virgin media modem connected to the router.

Thanks for the advice. It seems I don't have any options really?

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waqasraja1982;4510142

We have 3 laptops and one pc in the house. We need the printer to be in … We have 3 laptops and one pc in the house. We need the printer to be in the most accessible room in the house, which isn't next to the router.Does that make sense?



Yes I get your drift. I don't use a network printer as I don't leave the printer on or there is never any paper in so I just pick up my laptop and take it to the printer.

Or just move the router and modem to where the printer is.

The final option left, if the rooms are adjacent, is to drill a hole in the wall.

If you preferred it neater, then you can use a USB Wall plate

http://www.datapro.net/images/70200.jpg

Of course, if you rent, then this plan is also out the window

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waqasraja1982;4510182

Unfortunately, it's virgin media modem connected to the router.Thanks for … Unfortunately, it's virgin media modem connected to the router.Thanks for the advice. It seems I don't have any options really?Rep added to all



I think some of the guys here meant something like this:

netgear.co.uk/wir…php

and use a network cable to attach this to the router...

D'oh, i forgot the best solution, which we use. The modem is connected to the cable input, but the cable from the modem to the router is just a network cable, buy a long network cable, and put that between the modem and the router, so that it can be near the printer.

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If you're right, you're a star.

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waqasraja1982;4510730

If you're right, you're a star.Thanks



he is right! and that would be the cheapest/easiest option if you don't mind the long cable, or you could use homeplugs and move the router next to the printer bit more expensive but neater...

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a 15m ethernet cable later, I can report that the printer is set up wirelessly where I want it to be. There are some issues with my brother's mac's internet speed.

But other than that all is fine.

Rep has been added to all.

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