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I recently bought an HP Photosmart printer at a Yard Sale for $5, and It replaces my one function wireless printer. I have started to miss the wireless printing capabilities and I know there are wireless print servers/switches and things of the sort, but they all seem to be around $65+ and If I wanted to spend that kind of money, I would just go out and buy a new wireless all-in-one. If there are any solutions, they would be greatly appreciated. If it matters, I have a Laptop PC with Windows 7 Ultimate. Thanks.

asked Jul 01 '12 at 01:22

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closed Jul 01 '12 at 18:23

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DJ Scooby Doo

The question has been closed for the following reason "The question is answered, right answer was accepted" by DJ Scooby Doo Jul 01 '12 at 18:23

What about this? http://goo.gl/aKX72, a generic USB 2.0 Network Print Server with Ethernet Cable for $19, at Amazon. Looks good for what you want.

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answered Jul 01 '12 at 10:52

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DJ Scooby Doo

Note that this doesn't do wireless, but it can connect with other devices on the network via Ethernet.

(Jul 01 '12 at 10:54) DJ Scooby Doo DJ%20Scooby%20Doo's gravatar image

yes I saw this on amazon. Is there any way to take this and make it wireless perhaps?

(Jul 01 '12 at 12:13) swagmanT swagmanT's gravatar image

You could buy a router with a USB port and do it that way. Something like that will run you about $28: http://goo.gl/zwPvZ

(Jul 01 '12 at 12:29) DJ Scooby Doo DJ%20Scooby%20Doo's gravatar image

would there be any way that I could connect that router to my main router in my living room wirelessly? would I set it up as an extender or what?

(Jul 01 '12 at 15:19) swagmanT swagmanT's gravatar image

Yes, you'll set it up as an extender to the router.

(Jul 01 '12 at 16:41) DJ Scooby Doo DJ%20Scooby%20Doo's gravatar image

awesome! Thanks man for the help! This is exactly what I was looking for.

(Jul 01 '12 at 18:10) swagmanT swagmanT's gravatar image

No problem! :)

(Jul 01 '12 at 18:19) DJ Scooby Doo DJ%20Scooby%20Doo's gravatar image
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How old is the photosmart printer? I have foudnt that older printers are pretty expensive on ink...

The price of ink for newer printers (especially from HP) are alot cheaper....

So the question is if it can even pay to invest in anything other than a all in one printer with wireless function?

Alternative if you really insist on using this printer must be the used market as people upgrade their routers/switches... .

answered Jul 01 '12 at 10:36

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Lee Wood

He just got it for $5 at a yard sale, I mean he wouldn't know if it came with a wireless feature unless he bought it, or the person selling it would've told them so. I disagree with the fact that you said the ink is cheaper, because they're still $25-35 for color and black, so either way, you're still getting screwed with ink.

(Jul 01 '12 at 10:58) DJ Scooby Doo DJ%20Scooby%20Doo's gravatar image

The ink was the exact same price as ink was on my wireless printer (about 40 bucks). Its an HP Photosmart C4180. Great printer, really good quality prints. And I mean for $5, you can't beat that.

(Jul 01 '12 at 12:10) swagmanT swagmanT's gravatar image

And at the time I knew it was just usb. I knew I would be compromising, but all my wireless printer did was print. I had always wanted a multi-function printer, so I compromised, and now I miss the wireless. XD

(Jul 01 '12 at 12:12) swagmanT swagmanT's gravatar image

DJ... Then it might be different in the US... But here in Europe, ink prices have fallen considerably.

(Jul 01 '12 at 13:50) Lee Wood Lee%20Wood's gravatar image

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