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by nancyd728 / December 29, 2008 1:59 PM PST

Hi - we have a few laptops in our home running Windows Vista - we use a wi-fi system in the house - our internet connection is wireless. For Xmas I received an HP Printer with wireless capability, but it needs to be plugged into the ethernet of the router. Unfortunately, the best reception for our router thru-out the house was in our upstairs attic - far away from the central office where I would prefer the printer. All the wires for the connection run through the attic to the router in this location and cannot be changed. I was told I might need a wireless bridge with an ethernet port, but was also told that there might be a "control issue" between the two routers. Is there a simple way to add an extra router or something else downstairs to plug the printer into so we could utilize the wireless feature of the printer, or should I just have everyone plug in to print? Thanks for your help!

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You said the printer was wireless
by alakzam / December 29, 2008 2:17 PM PST
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Which is it? Does the printer have wireless abilities of its own or doesn't it? You start off saying it does, but then say it needs to be connected via an ethernet cable.

If it has wireless capabilities built in, just put it somewhere it can get a wireless signal. If it doesn't, what exactly is stopping you from running a cable up to the router? You can go to a Menards or Fleet Farm type store and find a box of Cat5 ethernet cable, probably some RJ-45 ends, and a crimper. Then a little bit of detective work with Google to figure out the proper way to wire an ethernet cable, and you can have a cable of significant length for pretty cheap. You can also cut it exactly to length, so if you only need 22.5ft of cable, that's what you can cut.

If for some reason you really don't want to run a cable to the router, then you can get a wireless ethernet bridge device. Shouldn't conflict with the router at all. Think of it like a USB based wireless card, only instead of USB it connects via ethernet.

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Update on wireless bridge question
by nancyd728 / December 29, 2008 2:26 PM PST

Thank you for your response - the printer has its own wireless capabilities, but needs to be plugged into the router to enable for all users - this is not possible due to the large distance between the router and the printer - one is downstairs and the other upstairs - with no ability to run any length of wiring between.

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Here's a bridge I own and use.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 30, 2008 12:38 AM PST
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In fact it worked so well I now own 2. DO NOT GET CONFUSED ABOUT THE PRINTER SERVER CONNECTION as you wanted to have a bridge which is ALL TOO EASY if you don't over analyze this box.

The trick of its setup is to READ THE INSTRUCTIONS then forget what you read and do what I did. Again, this is NOT an offer to re-write or write a tutorial but to share what I used and what I did.

-> The printer has an ethernet connection. FINE!!! Let's use that.

The Netgear WGPS606 is a good 802.11b and g bridge. We'll plug that printer's ethernet AFTER we setup the WGPS606.

Here's the trick. Do exactly what it tells you do to in the instructions on how to initially connect the WGPS606 to your PC. Run the setup and DO THIS!!! Click on the setup printer server and pretend we're going to use their printer server. This all becomes clear later and I will not rewrite this again in this discussion.

Answer all the stuff about the wifi network, get the wifi connection working and when it starts asking for the printer information we click cancel.

Bingo, we have a bridge. Unplug the PC and plug in the printer's ethernet and begin whatever steps the printer maker tells you to do to get printing over ethernet.

I know this is a lot to digest and some want me to supply a tutorial. But this is it. That's all I'll tell about my WGPS606 (both of them) except I bought the second one refurb for 25 bucks.

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