I currently have a wireless g router with one pc plugged into the router with rj45 and 2 other pc's connected to its wireless signal.If I plug the printers rj45 cable into the router will the 2 pc's on the wireless signal be able to access the printer thru the router or do I need a wireless print server.Would'nt the g router work as a print server and allow access to the 2 wireless pc's as well as the pc hardwired to the router and allow them to use the printer.Would the router send out a wireless signal to connect to the printer if it the printer was plugged into the router.Basically I want to know if I need a print server.I do not want to have to leave one pc on all the time to use the printer.Thanks
It doesn't matter weather you use wireless or ethernet (RJ45) there both LAN connections and will work the same, and you'll still need to setup a network printer on all the computers (not a shared printer). Once its setup as a network printer you don't need to leave any computer on.
I assume your printer has a ethernet connection cause you said "If I plug the printers rj45 cable into the router ..." , meaning that your printer has a built in print server
then you just plug it in set it up.
Remember weather its on ethernet connection or a wireless connection the network will recognize ALL connections as LAN connections
If your printer doesn't have a Ethernet connection, then you'll need to buy a print server to do the same thing, else its back to connection to a single computer and leaving it on all day.
Wireless print servers are more expensive and slightly more complicated to setup, ethernet print servers are cheaper and easyer to setup.
Thanks for clearing that up for me.Iwas a little confused but now the way you explained makes it quite clear and I feel a little foolish that I did not realize that. I just started building my own PC's about 6 months ago and it never hurts to ask for help.Thanks