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    How to set up a Wireless Printer (Cheap as possible!)

    Hello,

    I was wondering on how you set up a printer wirelessly. Can I piggy back it through my wireless router?

    I have 2 printers (I only want one set up and I will give the other printer to my son) Ones an Epson Stylus DX4050 and the other a KODAK Easy Share 5100

    Both are all in one (Print, copy & scan) but ideally I would like the printer bit working.

    We do have a tower PC but the printer is for the Laptop (Makes life much more easier as all our stock is upstairs and the computer is downstairs!!! Lazy I know!)

    Any help will be much appreciated!

    Cheers

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    Neither of these printers are wi fi enabled as far as I can see after a search on the interent (the Kodak is bluetooth enabled).

    I guess the only opion is to put a wi fi unit in the USB socket of the printer, but I have no idea if that works as I have never done it (maybe someone who has could comment).

    You can "share" a printer that is attached to one computer with another computer.

    I have a printer plugged into the back of my XP desktop PC, but by setting up printer sharing I can also print to it from my Vista desktop PC (they are both connected into the same router).

    I also have a network enabled laser printer that plugs directly into my router that all the computers on the network can use.

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    guilbert53;3702394

    Neither of these printers are wi fi enabled as far as I can see after a … Neither of these printers are wi fi enabled as far as I can see after a search on the interent (the Kodak is bluetooth enabled).



    Ookayy... :thinking: What does bluetooth do?


    guilbert53;3702394

    I guess the only opion is to put a wi fi unit in the USB socket of the … I guess the only opion is to put a wi fi unit in the USB socket of the printer, but I have no idea if that works as I have never done it (maybe someone who has could comment).



    Whats WI-FI unit? I'm soooo not technically minded! lol :-D

    guilbert53;3702394

    I also have a network enabled laser printer that plugs directly into my … I also have a network enabled laser printer that plugs directly into my router that all the computers on the network can use.



    That sounds interesting... How does that work?

    Your easiest & cheapest option is to use the 'Bluetooth' on the Kodak Printer..........all you need is one of these plugged into your Laptop or PC :

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    (the problem is it can only be used within a 10 metre range).

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    Original Poster

    You guys are amazing xxx

    Hi peeps,

    Just thought I'd throw in my tuppence worth here...... I use this one from Maplins, I did buy it at £49.99 but gone back up to 59.99 - shouldn't be long before it drops price again.

    I had to mention it as it is a fantastic device. I use it on Epson DX 9400F which is an all in one. can use it for printing, scanning and faxing from all over the network - both wired and wireless.

    I also use it for an external usb hard drive which is shared over the network

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    there is also a cheaper device here also. £39.99

    maplin.co.uk/Mod…384

    not as good as first one tho as only allows printing, my friend uses it and it is able to use the scanner so it's hit or miss if it uses the scanner part of your printer.


    Let us know how you get on

    Bry

    The bluetooth thing is only good if your laptop is in the same room as the printer. If you dont mind keeping your computer on, you can simply share the printers from that. All this involves is making sure the printers work on the computer and that your computer and laptop are both connected to a router.

    cdemico;3703050

    I also have a network enabled laser printer that plugs directly into my … > I also have a network enabled laser printer that plugs directly into my router that all the computers on the network can use. That sounds interesting... How does that work?



    You can only do that if your printer is network enabled. The printer has a network card built in (like the network card in your PC or laptop).

    You plug a network cable in the printer, and plug the other end in the router.

    As neither of your printers are network enabled you cannot do it. You would have to buy a network enabled printer.

    You can buy wi fi printers nowadays, I saw one posted here on HotUKDeals yesterday I think.

    This would already have the wifi card built in so should be fairly easy to set up.

    cdemico;3703050

    I guess the only opion is to put a wi fi unit in the USB socket of the … >I guess the only opion is to put a wi fi unit in the USB socket of the printer, but I have no idea if that works as I have never done it (maybe someone who has could comment). Whats WI-FI unit? I'm soooo not technically minded! lol



    For a laptop and a router to "talk" to each other the laptop must be wifi enabled, and the router must be wifi enabled.

    If, for example, you have a laptop that is NOT wi fi enabled you can buy a wi fi unit to plug into the USB port, it looks something like this:

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    What I was suggesting is that you plug the wi fi unit into your printer and connect it to the router via wi fi.

    But as I also said, I have no idea if this will work so hoping that someone else had done it.

    To be honest, if your printers are NOT wifi enabled it is going to be quicker and easier (though not cheaper) to just buy a wi fi enabled printer.

    If your on BT and use one of there wireless routers , you can plug one of the printers directly into the USB port of the router , type in the required IP address and your printer is now wireless ,at least one is .Of course if your not on BT you cannot use this method but a belkin printer server may do the job.

    ricko;3708563

    If your on BT and use one of there wireless routers , you can plug one of … If your on BT and use one of there wireless routers , you can plug one of the printers directly into the USB port of the router , type in the required IP address and your printer is now wireless ,at least one is .Of course if your not on BT you cannot use this method but a belkin printer server may do the job.



    That's not wireless !

    Original Poster

    B.Davidson05;3705015

    Hi peeps,Just thought I'd throw in my tuppence worth here...... I use … Hi peeps,Just thought I'd throw in my tuppence worth here...... I use this one from Maplins, I did buy it at £49.99 but gone back up to 59.99 - shouldn't be long before it drops price again.I had to mention it as it is a fantastic device. I use it on Epson DX 9400F which is an all in one. can use it for printing, scanning and faxing from all over the network - both wired and wireless.I also use it for an external usb hard drive which is shared over the network]http://www.maplin.co.uk/Module.aspx?ModuleNo=115287there is also a cheaper device here also. £39.99http://www.maplin.co.uk/Module.aspx?ModuleNo=221384not as good as first one tho as only allows printing, my friend uses it and it is able to use the scanner so it's hit or miss if it uses the scanner part of your printer.Let us know how you get onBry




    Righty then, I think I will take this option, but will wait untill after christmas (sales and I know someone who works in Maplins).

    Babbabooey;3708726

    That's not wireless !



    What's not wireless ??
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