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test RJ45Cat5 to USB Female Answered

I'm new to this forum. I need some instructions.
I have an RJ45-cat5 male to USB female connector that I bought for 3 bucks.
I've tried using it to connect my HP 1050 j410 USB printer to my Linksys WRT54GS (wireless) router so I can have a network printer.
(The Desktop is directly wired to the cable modem and the to the router.)
It doesn't work, but I don't know if it's the connector itself, or that the printer will not communicate with the router, directly.
Is there a way to test the connector with another piece of hardware to determine whether the connector is actually any good?
BTW.. I can't determine from HP, whether the 1050 j410 USB printer can become a network printer.
Should I just go buy a USB print server for 20 bucks, or whatever?

I'm using an Ubuntu 10.04 LTS Desktop with AMD-64 processor.

Thanks to you for the best advice.

Shobuz99

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mpilchfamily
mpilchfamily

9 years ago

Any printer can be a network printer. If all your printer has is a USB connector then it can be made available to the network through whatever PC you have it connected to. So it will only be available as long as that PC is on. No simple RJ45 to USB adapter will make your printer a network printer.

If you want to put it on the network with out it being connected to another PC then you will need to get a USB print server.

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shobuz99
shobuz99

Reply 9 years ago

Thank you for your reply. What would be the simplest way to make the USB printer available to the network, through the existing Desktop PC that is always on? The OS of the Desktop is Ubuntu Linux 10.04 LTS.
If you don't know, would you recommend any inexpensive USB print server?
Thank you, once again.

Shobuz99

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mpilchfamily
mpilchfamily

Reply 9 years ago

Wen setting up the printer you should be able to share it on the network. How to get to the setting in Ubuntu... don't have enough experience with the OS yet.

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Kiteman
Kiteman

9 years ago

(Moved to Tech.)

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shobuz99
shobuz99

Reply 9 years ago

Thank you for moving my post. Sorry it was in the wrong section.
Shobuz99