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printer and external HD to wireless router?

greetings!

i would like to hook up my printer and external HD to a wireless router of some sorts. i currently have wireless internet via a cheapy 4 port adsl modem/router. but i dont think its possible to use this device. the only computer involved in my sony vaio laptop which has both wi-fi and bluetooth. so maybe a bluetooth solution would be better?


my setup:

sony vaio laptop (wifi b/g & bluetooth)
hp printer (usb connector only)
maxotor external HD (usb/firewire connectors)
comtrend wireless modem/router (4 network ports)
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i am very new to wireless/networking, so any and all comments/suggestions are very much appreciated.

thanks!

paul

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Printer, may be not...

In reply to: printer and external HD to wireless router?

First your printer should be conected to a printer server (unless your printer is network ready, have a network card)

You can connect your External HD to the router, using either USB/Firewire/RJ45 and share it... (I don't think your HD is wireless)

I don't think bluetooth will work for what you need.

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no to bluetooth...

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my printer is not wireless, so i need to have a print server. i have seen some wireless routers that have them built in. but the hard drive... it only has usb or firewire connectors, how can i connect it with a wireless router? the majority of them only have 1 usb connector. can i get a cable converter???

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USB/Bluetooth adapter?

In reply to: no to bluetooth...

Don?t know if this would help, but they make USB/Bluetooth adapters that allow you to connect any USB capable device to a Bluetooth network (7 devices can connect at the same time).
BUT... its only USB 1.1 speed.

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Bluetooth no.. but network options are available

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Linksys makes a network storage adapter that you can plug at least two hard disk behind and hook it on to the network. Other vendors make similar products. If you put a wireless adapter in the internet port of this device and hard code its ip address you can probably get your disk setup wireless. if not then you can hook it into your hub unit which I assume is wireless and you can still map drives for wireless computers as well any device hardwired to the hub, but defintely don't go bluetooth. The end devices (printers/hard drives) won't have adapters and even if they did you probably wouldn't be very happy with the through put compared to wireless internet and hardwired internet connections.

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