Solved Can a wired printer be converted to a wireless printer?

Dell / Inspiron 17r
November 13, 2018 at 18:27:48
Specs: Windows 10, 2.3/8
I have a HP LaserJet that is wired to my router with an Ethernet cable. Is there a way that this printer can become a wireless printer so that it does not have to be connected to the router?

Thank you.
Brian W

See More: Can a wired printer be converted to a wireless printer?

Reply ↓  Report •

November 13, 2018 at 20:49:12
If the router is a Wifi router or you add a wireless access point to the router then any wireless device on your network can access the printer though it needs still for the printer to be installed. Simple for computers, less so for cell phones.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

Reply ↓  Report •

November 14, 2018 at 00:13:46
✔ Best Answer

You need a wireless print server such as

(Note - that one is for a printer with a parallel port. If you printer has a USB connection then similar devices are available at a much lower cost - just search Amazon.)

Reply ↓  Report •

November 14, 2018 at 06:38:03
Often useful to confirm, double check that the server is compatible with your hp printer model. Some servers are a little restricted in terms of which makes/models of printers they will work with.

However - as per Fingers - you can use the wifi aspect of your router (presuming it is wifi enabled) to allow you access to the printer over wifi. The printer needs to be installed on the appropriate computer(s) of course.

I have a Canon inkjet and a tres elderly Epson laser (circa '95) happily accessible over wifi via my router; both printers being ethernet connections to the router.

For mobile/cell phone printing you either use a computer as server for the printer - software on the phone required too; or possibly use something like an Airprint compatible printer. Problem is that a lot of the add in software for wifi printing from phones is a little restricted in terms of which printers a given software package will play with. Hence the use of a computer as server interface (means the computer must be on and on the network in order to allow printing).

Reply ↓  Report •

Related Solutions

November 14, 2018 at 14:39:55
Hi Brian,

there are Adapters available for this purpose..
Google: 'convert printer to wifi'

Good Luck - Keep us posted.

Reply ↓  Report •

November 16, 2018 at 07:14:29

Thank you for your response. I have decided to get a print server rather than a new wireless printer.

Thanks again.
Brian W

Reply ↓  Report •

November 16, 2018 at 07:15:59

Thank you for your response. I have decided to get a print server rather than a wireless printer.

Thanks again,
Brian W

Reply ↓  Report •

November 16, 2018 at 07:18:33

Thanks for your response. I’m getting a print server to solve the problem.

Thanks again,
Brian W

Reply ↓  Report •

November 16, 2018 at 07:20:15
Mike Newcomb,

Thanks for your response. I am going to get a printer server so the printers do not have to be connected to the router.

Thanks again,
Brian W

Reply ↓  Report •

November 16, 2018 at 08:29:42
Just using the wifi aspect of a router allows any device connected via ethernet to the router to be accessible; including printers. But if you are set on not connecting the printer to the router (as it is at present etc.) then I guess a wifi print server is the way to go.

But that option does cost a few pennies, whereas using the router as earlier is free?

Reply ↓  Report •

November 17, 2018 at 15:46:53
trvir ,

Thank you for your comments. The ISP I have in regard to printers has two options: a printer connected by an ethernet cable to a router which requires the printer’s placement or a wireless printer that allows me to place it anywhere in my office.

Thanks again,
Brian W

Reply ↓  Report •

November 17, 2018 at 15:49:22

I meant “restricts” rather than “requires.”

Reply ↓  Report •

November 17, 2018 at 16:27:54
For the future... you could use homeplug adapters to connect the printer by ethernet to the router; which then allows the printer to be anywhere convenient in the office - not necessarily close or adjacent to the router. The printer will then also wifi available too, as per earlier comments.

Depending on where you’re located, depends which homeplug devices I would recommend (based on my own experience and observations).

My two printers are connected via erthenet via homeplugs to my wifi router.

Reply ↓  Report •

November 17, 2018 at 18:23:02

Thanks for this information. I haven’t yet bought a printer server so I will look into homeplug adapters. I am located in the United States.

Thanks again,
Brian W

Reply ↓  Report •

November 18, 2018 at 03:32:37
The best brand (my own view based on personal experience not the least) is Devolo, a German make. Sadly they aren’t available in Canada/USA.

NEtgear, D-link, tp-link, Belkin are the usual brands there. I suggest you trawl (dreaded google search) for homeplug adapters, possibly include reviews too in the search words/string? Amazon might be a good source of reviews and equally good prices; likewise Egghead?

My Epson laser (‘95 vintage) is ethernet from a homeplug adapter into a D-link parallel port print server; works perfectly. My Canon inkjet (early 2000’s) is ethernet via homeplug direct - without a server. It also is a wifi printer, but not fully compatible in that aspect with things like AirPrint etc.; it is quite olde after all. Nonetheless with suitable software it will print from phones/tablets using a computer as a print server. But as I seldom print from mobiles etc. I hardly use that method. Equally I can use the Canon for printing off my MacBook via my router wifi or via ethernet.

Research homeplugs as such, as there are a few sites covering specifications etc. and advising how to use them. Allegedly... the various brands are compatible in terms of signal interface; but each brand has its own software utility to set them up; which having said any given brand is pretty well take out of the box, plug them in and go. Software is usually to allow more adapters to be added, and to set one’s own password for the homeplug “network” - and that’s very simple to do.

Reply ↓  Report •

November 18, 2018 at 04:27:27

Thank you for your response. I understand that these adapters get plugged into electric receptacles. I have a telephone system where the satellite phones are also plugged into electric receptacles. Can both system use the house wiring at the same time?

Thank again.
Brian W

Reply ↓  Report •

November 18, 2018 at 05:35:07
Whilst I have no personal experience wth sat phones which are plugged into mains outlets, if the phones are simply mains powered handsets which “talk” to the bird (satellite) directly, then I can’t foresee any problems or conflicts.

To test/try the homeplug system you need only two. One to connect via ethernet to the router directly, and the other to provide an ethernet lan output wherever.

Perhaps buy two from Amazon as you can always return them if they don’t work out in your situation. But as I say, barring issues with your sat phones, I see no reasons why they won’t provide you the wifi printing option you seek.

Reply ↓  Report •

November 18, 2018 at 15:09:48

I used the term “satellite phones” as that was the name given in the Owner’s Manual. The telephone system has a main unit that uses a phone jack and a power module that gets connected to an outlet. The other units are actually extensions that also get connected to an outlet but do not use a phone jack. Will this system work with homeplugs as both use the power grid at the same time?

Thank you.
Brian W

Reply ↓  Report •

November 18, 2018 at 16:18:18
Yes - homeplugs work perfectly fine with cordless phone system which is what very likely are describing. The (your) the main unit is a "wireless" tx/rx system which requires the base-station be connected to (plugged into) the mains, which both charges the batteries in the hand set and maintains the tx/rx functions etc.. That base station also acts as the actual receiver to the incoming line. The other phones are simply extensions. They are rechargable battery powered; the batteries are kept charged as long as the individual mini base (not connected to a phone line) remains powered up from the mains.

When you use one of the "extensions" (satellites...) they connect via a wifi signal to the base station to handle the call - if you're not using the base station's (cordless) handset..

This link will explain a little more fully how "cordless" phone systems work.


I have a Panasonic cordless sytem which is as above; and it works fine with homeplugs dotted about the place. Incidentally homeplugs do not use wifi to distribute the lan about the house/office; they are effectively a very low power and low frequency min transmitter/receiver and radiate their signal over the mains wiring which is in effect their antenna..

They have a base/carrier frequency (2-30Meg) which is modulated to carry the data from wherever to wherever,

These links describe it a little more; to varying degrees.

To date I know of no interference etc. with amateur or otherwise users of the frequencies used by powerline adapters; although if there is an amateur (ham) radio operator say within a 100yds or so, he "may" experience mild interference if he's on a frequency used by "your" homeplugs.

This UK site discusses that from the perspective of amateur radio users...

But generally you ought to have no issues using them; as I doubt there is a ham radio buff within a 100yds? I think have one about a half a mile away; although I think he's on much higher frequencies judging by his antennae/aerials... In the past I have had interference from ham operators (whilst I was living in Toronto) who was broadcasting on frequencies which had been grabbed by certain radio/tv manufacturers, without full or proper consultation with the ham radio authorities. In effect they bullied the ham ops to abandon those frequencies...

message edited by trvlr

Reply ↓  Report •

November 19, 2018 at 12:00:00

Thanks for the information. I’ll do my research and then buy the homeplugs that best serve my purpose.

Brian W

Reply ↓  Report •

Ask Question