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do wireless printers also work with usb connections?

by dhanson444 / September 22, 2011 1:35 AM PDT

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Most wireless printers also have a USB connection
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / September 22, 2011 6:28 AM PDT

that will allow you to directly connect the printer to your computer

However, it is not unusual for the printer to only be capable of doing one type of connection at a time.

Either use it wirelessly for everything
Use it with a USB connection for everything

NOT a mixture of both


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USB answer
by themorn2112 / September 22, 2011 8:38 AM PDT

I currently have a wireless Laser printer (Samsung ML2525W). If it has a USB port, it should work. Each input is considered a port with its own assigned port number, so to use one or the other you have to change which input the printer will accept data from.

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by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / September 22, 2011 9:58 AM PDT
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Perhaps you could explain how that is done on your printer

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Answer for "Really?"
by themorn2112 / September 22, 2011 5:04 PM PDT
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In the case of my printer (similar on many printers), You go into devices and printers (select in start window or in hardware devices from the control panel), right click on the printer icon, then printer properties or printing preferences. In that window you see a selection of port options (in my case I have a choice of port number, or USB selection). Your options may vary depending on your operating system and/or the driver used for your selected printer (I use Windows 7, and Samsung's universal printer driver).

I also have a Canon multi function printer with each function having its own port input number assigned to it, even though I have only one ethernet connection.

Bottom line is that you can only use only one type of port input for each function on your printer but the options are manually interchangeable.

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