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networking my printer

by rocknrobbi / August 5, 2014 10:20 AM PDT

i have 3 computers, all connected to my wireless router. i would like to connect my 'network' printer to my wireless router via the ethernet port on my printer and the wireless router and use the printer from any of the computers. is this possible?

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If your printer supports that and there are drivers.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 5, 2014 10:45 AM PDT
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So, yes if the printer does that. Can I ask what make, model printer this is?
Bob

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by rocknrobbi / August 5, 2014 12:13 PM PDT

Absolutely. I just purchased a Brother DCP-7065DN. Originally I was going to buy a wireless printer but thought it would save me a bit to buy a network capable printer. So...the printer has an ethernet port and I have one open ethernet port on my wireless router. To clarify, I should be able to use the ethernet port in my wireless router to network this printer to all three computers using the routers wireless connectivity, without the need for a 'wireless print server device'. I should also mention that 2 of the computers are running XP2 and 1 computer is running 8.1. Thanks in advance for all your input and expertise.

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The router does the wireless part of the work.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 5, 2014 2:58 PM PDT
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When folk write XP2 I have to guess they meant XP SP2 which is sometimes a problem. Given how long SP3 was out all the authors I know only support XP SP3. But from the looks of things all you need is to set it up, install and configure printer and machines to print to this printer.
Bob

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by rocknrobbi / August 5, 2014 3:51 PM PDT

Thanks. That's good to know it's doable...Will I need to change router settings to network the printer? If so, is it too complicated to explain within this forum. Might you be able to direct me to a where I can get the information? And yes I did mean XP SP2.

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The only change I ever run into is noted in this forum.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 5, 2014 3:55 PM PDT
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It's at http://forums.cnet.com/7726-7589_102-5412417.html?tag=posts;msg5412417 and concerns a few routers. I can't guess if your router does that but it's worth knowing about.

I'm sorry but did you just reveal the printer maker did not document how to set this up? That's sad and in my opinion a good reason to pack and return. That is, if they don't document such, how could I guess how to set it up?
Bob

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by rocknrobbi / August 5, 2014 4:18 PM PDT

Haven't received the printer yet...should be here in a week via ups. Was hoping to get a head start on things. Thanks for your help. This is the first time I've used a forum for answers and first time networking something without the help of software. I will look at info you provided immediately.

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Good luck.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 5, 2014 6:47 PM PDT
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It's usually just follow the instructions and take it one machine at a time. XP SP2 is the only anomaly you listed so far. Seems odd to find those today.
Bob

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