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Timski01
Islip, NY

January 14, 2013
10:42 AM

Post #9384702

If I plug my printer into a wireless router will I be able to print from my laptop?
Thanks
Timski01

speediebean

speediebean
Somewhere in, MD
(Zone 7b)

January 15, 2013
3:36 AM

Post #9385545

If my logical brain is working correctly this morning, then I'd have to say the answer is "No".

Your printer, **any** printer, will have to be directly connected to a computer in order to work. A router will not be able to tell the printer precisely what to do, it does not hold all the data that a computer does. A computer needs a direct line (be it wired or wireless) to the printer in order to tell the printer what to do.

If I'm missing some boat here, someone please correct me!

jasminesmom

jasminesmom
Saugerties, NY
(Zone 5a)

January 15, 2013
5:25 AM

Post #9385600

speediebean, I'm on the same boat as you, you are right
ecrane3
Dublin, CA
(Zone 9a)

January 15, 2013
7:12 AM

Post #9385712

Some wireless routers have print servers, some don't. If yours does, then you can print by hooking your printer up to it.

speediebean

speediebean
Somewhere in, MD
(Zone 7b)

January 15, 2013
9:29 AM

Post #9385878

That is very cool ecrane, I had no idea! Thank you for letting me dock my boat to yours. :)

jasminesmom

jasminesmom
Saugerties, NY
(Zone 5a)

January 15, 2013
2:50 PM

Post #9386340

LOL. I guess I'm lost at sea !!!!!! I too learned something new today... Thanks
Timski01
Islip, NY

January 21, 2013
8:03 AM

Post #9392269

Thank you all. I too learned something
thanks
timski01
hcmcdole
Powder Springs, GA
(Zone 7b)

January 25, 2013
6:43 AM

Post #9397067

If your printer can be used as a network printer (i.e, it has a network card whether wired or wirelss) then yes it will work as well. Most home printers are wireless though and work fairly well when you set it up on your wireless router while a lot of office (heavy duty) printers are wired.

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