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May 18, 2007 8:06:54 PM

I have 2 wifi pc's - and one hp6210 printer. I want to use either
pc to print.
dont want to go thru the hassle of setting up a network
the hp ''upgrade wirless'' is only for one pc one printer.
I checked with hp online chat - joke - dont know what country but
he tookso long between my questions i fig he was looking it up in his
dictionary LOL
bottom line - they have no solution but to network.

do they make a usb cable in 50foot lengths ????

or is there a max limit to length of cable. ???
figured i would get a usb switch.

any help guys ??
ted
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May 19, 2007 1:50:48 AM

Wireless print servers are not too expensive, and can use ad-hoc mode if you don't want a master node on wifi. Please use RSN (WPA2) with a non-dictionary passphrase (computer generated and very long preferablby).

For example,
http://www.dlink.com/products/?pid=313

Almost (if not) all network product makers sell print servers of some kind.
May 19, 2007 1:58:39 AM

Support USB length is about 6 feet, but I've only seen problems start at 10. You're biggest problem is that most printers will give you problems if you connect them to receive jobs by more then on form; they tend to pick one and ignore the others. A network or wireless network is your best bet. Maybe connect the printer by a network cable to a wireless router.
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May 19, 2007 2:21:59 AM

I have a D-Link 724-U wireless router and printer port. It works great and is an easy setup. The printer plugs into the router via USB and after running the driver becomes the default on each PC. I connect to the router via ethernet and the wife via wireless and it is the same performance and interface from each. I recommend it fully.
May 19, 2007 2:34:42 AM

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I have a D-Link 724-U wireless router and printer port. It works great and is an easy setup. The printer plugs into the router via USB and after running the driver becomes the default on each PC. I connect to the router via ethernet and the wife via wireless and it is the same performance and interface from each. I recommend it fully.


This is the network cable to wireless router I was talking about, this will probably fit your needs.
May 19, 2007 2:42:32 AM

The problem with USB print servers is that they are not a good fit for multifunction printers.
May 19, 2007 2:52:57 AM

true, unless it is only being used to print.
May 19, 2007 8:22:58 PM

Thanks guys - I ordered a usb switch and a 15' cable before I got back here. hahahaha
I will look into the router thing.

I probably should have made note that this is HOME stuff. so getting a
print server etc is out of question just to run pc's in different rooms and have a central printer for both. not that i am cheap or anything LOL LOL

I am already useing wifi for internet (clearwire) on both pc's

if i send a fax - I do it at the printer (hp 6210) - not into scanning to the
pc at this time so it just for printing - no dishwashing or anything hahahaha

thanks
ted
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May 19, 2007 8:40:47 PM

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I am already useing wifi for internet (clearwire) on both pc's


How is that set up? do you already have a wireless hub/roughter?
May 19, 2007 11:51:05 PM

there is the wifi unit from clearwire. their equipment
ethernet to a linksys wireless g . my equip.
3 pc's with wifi capability

works great - now that they (clearwire) have obviously upgraded their
bandwith handling capability - small town - oversold original capability LOL
well... sort of lol..... I screemed bloody murder for a long time...hahaha

OK... must also appologize to above answers - my misunder standing of the term print server.
to me a print server was an IBM 365 in the back of the computer room
with 6 line printers - ran 24/7 took 3 operators. one to load and handle
the print jobs - one to unload finished and reload next paper requird and
one to box and prep for distribution. :lol: 
I been doing homework - step one of learning....
seems like of the three i have checked linksys, belkin and d-link non have a lot of good feedback.... :-((

the printer is HP 6210

anything else u need to know ??
ted
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May 20, 2007 12:01:46 AM

does that linksys wireless G have another ethernet port?
May 20, 2007 12:14:13 AM

has one input from the clearwire and 4 output ethernet s
2 antennas
:D 
May 20, 2007 12:38:49 AM

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has one input from the clearwire and 4 output ethernet s
2 antennas
:D 


If your printer has a network port, you could connect it to your Linksys, and try to set it up.
May 20, 2007 1:10:20 AM

nope - power/transformer, phone/fax, usb/pc , pic bridge/camera usb but i run the camera direct to the pc.

looks like will have to do the print server wifi thing
just wish there were more positive feedbacks on them.
the one above that was sugested is more of an all in one type (724)
the d-link 1260 seems like the one to do
belkin description is poor and linksys has mostly poor feedback for this
usage.
May 20, 2007 1:20:37 AM

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nope


Darn, unless you want to add a network card to the printer, the usb wireless print server is the best way for you to go.
May 20, 2007 1:55:23 AM

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I checked with hp online chat - joke - dont know what country but
he tookso long between my questions i fig he was looking it up in his
dictionary LOL


Besides language barriers, micro second time delays in transmitting electronic signals around the world etc etc, the girl/guy was multitasking, most likely carrying on several chat converstations at once. And the language barrier is a huge issue with the online chat techs. I suspect the most entry level techs, or those with severe accents, are the online chat techs. I skip the online chats unless I am seeking a specific answer which I am sure the tech can easily and quickly research and type the answer.
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