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how to access my canon printer wirelessly from my hp laptop

Hi, I have in my basement a pc desktop hooked up to a Lynksys wireless router. I also have an all-in one HP priter hooked up to the router via the usb port. I have high-speed internet access thru cable. Now I just bought a HP notebook and a Canon Pixma 500 printer to be used upstairs. Because I don't want to go downstairs and I let the kids used them. My question is how do I make the Canon printer wireless when everytime I want to print something on that printer from my Hp notebook it's a hassle to hook them up constantly. I would appreciate any feedbacks.

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is that printer wireless ready?

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if it is, then install it...

If it is not wireless ready. then you may need a wireless card for the printer..

If this is not possible, you might want a Wireless printer server...

and tell the kids for Not using it .. Without telling the kids, how would you know if they won't bring the printer downstair while you are not home??

beside, you can configured who can/can not access the printer.

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two options

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SHARE A PRINTER:
Have one computer HOST the printer. All other computers on the network will be able to use the printer when the HOST computer is on. This is not too difficult to do in Windows XP and will not require the purchasing of any hardware.

NETWORK A PRINTER:
Connect the printer to a PRINT SERVER, either wired or wireless.

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The cheapest way question

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Is a print server the same as a router? I have a modem and router but on the back of the router isn't an usb port its all ethernet ports.

If that will work will I need an USB 2.0 TO ETHERNET Adapter? Or could I make my wired PC a host computer and have my laptop(s) talk to the PC to print correct?

Im trying to go the cheapest way of making my Canon MP280 wireless since what was described on the walmart site was false. It was listed as a wireless printer but when I received it, it wasnt.

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Re: printer

In reply to: The cheapest way question

Why not return that printer and buy what you need: a printer that can connect to your routers Ethernet?

Kees

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