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Can I hook a USB printer to a wireless router? Answered


I had an HP printer with an Ethernet port hooked up to my wireless router so I could print from the laptop in the other room. Worked great til the printer broke. Just bought a new Kodak printer, but it only has USB. As it stands I have to carry the laptop to the other room and hook it up via USB to print. Is it possible to hook up my USB printer through the router?

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Doug Paradis (author)2010-11-09

You need a print server. An example would be the Linksys PSUS4, which has 4 ethernet ports and a USB port. Cost is between $40 and $60.

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orksecurity (author)2010-11-09

Not unless the printer speaks wireless, or the router is running printer-server software along with its routing tasks, or you plug the printer into a computer which is connected to the network and configured to act as a printer server.

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steveastrouk (author)2010-11-09

Depends on the router, a select few will act as a printserver over USB as well as routers.

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kelseymh (author)2010-11-08

Which Kodak printer? Model number? Do the specs say that it comes with WiFi built in? If not, you could get an Ethernet-to-USB adapter for about $20.

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