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hp photosmart e-all-in-one printer

by jbeck918 / September 1, 2010 12:26 PM PDT

1) HP LAPTOP RUNNING W/7 HOME PREM. WIRELESS
1) HP LAPTOP RUNNING W/XP HOME
1) GENERIC DESKTOP RUNNING W/XP PRO SP3 WIRED
hp photosmart e-all-in-one printer

Anyone know if 2 laptops wireless and 1 desktop wired will all work together with this printer? I get different answers from different reviews.Some say wont work with both wired and wireless pc's. Won't buy if doesn't play well with all !! Like the features but need to print from all 3. thanks

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Link please.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 2, 2010 10:48 AM PDT

Here all the wifi printers work from wired or wireless because we use the usual INFRASTRUCTURE WIFI setup. I decline to write why this matters or that it is how 99% of us use that but if the printer connects to our LAN then all the machines on the LAN can use the printer connected to the LAN.

HOWEVER networking is a tricky thing. Imagine that owner that installed firewalls and didn't learn how to control them. They could become irate at HP when HP won't support the setup.
Bob

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Thanks Bob
by jbeck918 / September 2, 2010 12:28 PM PDT
In reply to: Link please.
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Ahh.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 4, 2010 8:55 AM PDT
In reply to: Thanks Bob

Now I see. Ok this printer does not connect to the wifi in the laptop (say what?) It connects to our wifi router and joins our LAN. Our laptops join the wifi and thus the LAN and this is why wired machines will also be able to print.

This is the 99.99% of us setup or "infrastructure mode." I rarely see anyone attempt adhoc mode with wifi so you're good.

Sorry if this seems the long way to explain it but I strive to be precise when networking is involved.
Bob

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Thanks again Bob..
by jbeck918 / September 4, 2010 11:29 AM PDT
In reply to: Ahh.

I prefer to bring my questions to you guys at CNET because I always get good answers.You have saved me many times. Network questions can get tricky so I come to you guys before I mess up(usually!).Usually find my answers by searching the forums. Thanks again.

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You're welcome.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 4, 2010 9:26 PM PDT
In reply to: Thanks again Bob..

Again I apologize for being picky about how this works. Many would want to think the laptop connects to the router directly with wifi bypassing the router but this isn't exactly true. Knowing how it works helps you later when you set it up.

Again I apologize for being picky. It's a habit from working in the electronics, hardware, software fields.
Bob

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