Connect to ethernet printer wirelessly?

April 8, 2011 at 12:36:17
Specs: Windows XP
A friend of mine had the following network: An HP Color Laser Jet CM1312nfi MFP printer with ethernet and USB ports, but no wireless adapter. and three XP computers all connected to a router. He had me install wireless adapters in the computers and put security on the wireless network. I gave the printer a static IP address and connected it to the router with an ethernet cable. The driver for the printer was already installed on the computers. On each computer, I changed its port to the new static IP, but I cannot print to the printer. I can't even ping it. Should I be able to use this printer wirelessly? Or does the security on the wireless network prevent this? Am I relegated to connecting the printer to one of the computers with a USB cable and sharing it from that computer? Thank you for any help.

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April 8, 2011 at 13:06:41
Click on my name above in my response and read my "how-to" guide titled, "Installing a Network Printer: version 2" Follow the steps in the guide on one PC after first deleting any printers already created that point at that printer. If it works, do the same process (including first deleting existing printers) on the other PC's.

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***

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April 14, 2011 at 00:40:04
Hi Curt,

Thank you very much for the response; I'm sorry I'm so long in getting back to you. I didn't have a chance to work on the problem any further until yesterday. Your method worked like a charm. I was a little concerned that I wouldn't be able to isolate the driver from the application, but I was able to do so. Thank you again.


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