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Would this work for a wireless print network?

Asked by Gruz06 (811points) June 6th, 2010

I’m wondering if this would work to connect my printer to my wireless router for a wireless print network. I would buy a new printer or print server but I just don’t want to shell out the money. Any thoughts?

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majorrich's avatar

It’s cheap enough to give ‘er a go, except you would need to get an adapter to plug it into the printer. I would assign it a static IP too. I think I’ll pick up a couple few of these just to have in my toolbag.

jerv's avatar

Sound theory, but I am a little hesitant on that particular one though.

“Full-speed (12Mbps) USB device” – Last I checked, that was USB 1.1 yet it claims to be USB 2.0 which is 480Mbps, or 40 times faster. Sounds like an ad written by either a liar or an idiot, neither of whom I would trust.

I take a bit of time to transmit a job to my printer that is hooked to my desktop from my laptop since I have to use the 100Mbps LAN connection between my desktop and router instead of just printing it off the desktop machine which has a 480 Mbps USB 2.0 conection to the printer so I cannot imagine doing it slower!

jaytkay's avatar

I am skeptical, because ethernet to USB print servers are fairly common and they are not $3.00. Also, the need for a driver CD suggests that it needs a computer to control it.

Example: ethernet to USB print server

But as @majorrich says, at that price, I might go ahead and try it

Maybe your router is sellable on eBay to help finance the cost of a new one which includes a USB print server. As I’ve upgraded routers I’ve always been able to sell the old ones for ~$20.

the100thmonkey's avatar

It depends on where you want to stick the adapter.

1. If you want to attach it to the printer, it will not work, as USB devices require a host controller to interpret the data they send. AFAIK, printers (even fancy-dan ones that print over ethernet/wireless) present themselves as clients, not servers.

2. If you want to attach it to a computer, it might work, as the printer (presumably attached via RJ45 at the other end) will be agnostic about the communication protocol that the server is using. However, I don’t think this is what you have in mind.

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