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Setting Up a Wireless Printer

By si007 ยท 9 replies
Sep 1, 2002
  1. My brother wants to set up a way for his wife, who is partially sighted, to be able to print from her laptop via a wireless connection. At the moment she has to unplug the printer cable from the desktop PC and plug it into her laptop which she finds difficult due to her sight problems. Both he and I have no idea what any of this involves so if anyone can shed some light on this problem I would be most grateful. The OS they use is Windows 2000 Pro.


  2. Vehementi

    Vehementi TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,704

    :eek: Never heard of such a thing!

    What kind of connection does the printer use? Parallel or USB?
  3. PHATMAN5050

    PHATMAN5050 TS Rookie Posts: 593

    Yeah, its called a 'Wireless Network' and it will run you about $300 for all the parts to make it work like that. The best part is that you won't ever have to unplug anything.
  4. si007

    si007 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 42

    @ Vehementi, I think it's a parallel connection.
    @ PHATMAN5050, what parts would he actually need to set it up. Is it a case of a PCMCIA card for the laptop and a .........err.........wireless.....err.....thingy .........(you know the thing with the aerials!) for the main PC?

    Cheers guys.

  5. PHATMAN5050

    PHATMAN5050 TS Rookie Posts: 593

    You could buy a Linksys 4Port Router w/ Wireless capabilities and a wireless network card for the laptop. Do you already have a home network and does the laptop already have a network connection?
  6. Vehementi

    Vehementi TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,704

    PHATMAN's probably right, setting up a home network would be the best idea.
    You may only have to buy a Wireless NIC PCMCIA card, and a wireless NIC PCI card for the PC that the printer's connected to presently, and set up a network that way.

    Having a wireless network in this fashion will also allow you to use the main PC for the internet connection, by designating it as the gateway, and you can swap files back & forth as well :cool:

    Love your sig...
  7. PHATMAN5050

    PHATMAN5050 TS Rookie Posts: 593

    No, you would not need a wireless card for the desktop as the Linksys 2.4ghz Router w/ Wireless capabilities can handle 4 wired users and like 39 wireless users.
  8. Vehementi

    Vehementi TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,704

    I'm talking about just setting the network up as 2 computers, the laptop and the desktop, connected to each other, without the use of a hub ;)
  9. PHATMAN5050

    PHATMAN5050 TS Rookie Posts: 593

    I don't think you can have a wireless network without a wireless routing device like an access point or router with wirless capabilities.
  10. me(who else?)

    me(who else?) TS Rookie Posts: 387

    Actually, PhatMan, with 2 wireless cards you can run the equivalent of 2 comps connected with a serial cable.
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