02-03-2010 10:26 AM - edited 02-03-2010 10:28 AM
I just acquired an HP 4m Plus laserjet printer with a Linksys Wireless-G model WPS54GU2 printserver. I was told all I had to do was plug in both, hook the printer cable up between the two of them, and run the setup wizard on my laptop and it would be easy to get going. I do not have the printer or the printserver plugged into any network using an ethernet cable and do not have any USB cables running between the printer and the printserver or the printserver and a network. My laptop is hooked into an ethernet jack in order to have internet access and for nothing else; I am not using a wireless router at the moment. I don't need the printer hooked up to any network. All I want to do is print to the laserjet from my wireless capable laptop and nothing more, but the setup wizard tells me I need to hook the printserver up to a network and then run a USB cable between the printer and the printserver, and also run the parallel printer cable between the printer and the printserver. This last step--hooking the parallel printer cable up between the printer and printserver I have done, and also plugged both devices in, but that is it.
Is it it possible for me to do this, that is, print wirelessly from laptop to printer using printserver without having to hook the printserver or printer up to a network and/or router using an ethernet cable and without running a USB cable between the printer and prinserver?
If so, what are the necessary steps?
Thanks in advance for all good advice.
02-03-2010 01:29 PM
I now understand that one may use either a USB or a parallel cable to connect the print server to the printer. So the question remains. Do I need to either hook the print server up to a wireless router or a netwrok ethernet jack, or can I rig it so my laptop can talk directly to the print server through its wireless capability?
If I need to hook the print server up to my wireless router or my computer directly then why does this print server even bother having an antenna? What is the antenna for if not to communicate with a computer that has wireless capability? Or is it to communicate only with a router that I might be using for wireless internet access?
02-04-2010 12:58 PM - edited 02-04-2010 01:00 PM
Unfortunately, you cannot configure the PrintServer as a Network share on your network. The PrintServer was designed to share the resource over the network without configuring File and Printer Sharing on the network.
Once the Printserver is configured with the router,you can use the printserver wirelessly..Read this link.