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AndyTF
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Wireless vs. Non-wireless network printer

I'm thinking about buying an HP Officejet 6500 All-in-One Printer.  The only remaining decision I have is whether or not to get the wireless model.  I presently envision using this printer in my home office, but would like the flexibility of having my famiy be able to print to it as well.  We have a wireless router.  If I plug the ethernet connection from the printer into an ethernet port on the wireless router, will other devices in my home connected to the wireless router be able to print to the printer?  Any other considerations I should keep in mind when deciding between getting the wireless or non-wireless printer?  Thanks for any insight you can offer!

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Re: Wireless vs. Non-wireless network printer

Honestly, Ethernet connections are more reliable, however, the printer has to be pretty near the router.  If you want the flexibility of placing the printer wherever you want, that is where wireless has the advantage.

 

It does not matter how the computers are attached to the network, wired or wireless, they will all have access to the printer whether it is connected wired or wireless.  The router does not care about connection method and gives all devices full access to each other within the network.

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AndyTF
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Re: Wireless vs. Non-wireless network printer

Thanks very much.  Please bear with me.  I intend to keep the printer right next to where the router is.  So, it sounds like I can go with the non-wireless model.  Any device connected through the router (be it wired via ethernet or wirelessly) will be able to talk to any other device on the network is what you're saying right?

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Re: Wireless vs. Non-wireless network printer

 


AndyTF wrote:

Thanks very much.  Please bear with me.  I intend to keep the printer right next to where the router is.  So, it sounds like I can go with the non-wireless model.  Any device connected through the router (be it wired via ethernet or wirelessly) will be able to talk to any other device on the network is what you're saying right?


Yup, that's right.  The router does not care at all about connection method of any device, they can all see and talk to each other.

 

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Re: Wireless vs. Non-wireless network printer

I would like a clarification regarding a printer wired-to-router vs. wireless-to-router - specifically the advantages of each and switching between connection-type.

If there is a place on the internet to which you can 'point me' that's fine.

 

Basically the printer I have (HP C410a) is wireless capable.  It is (and will be) next to my wireless router and right now is wireless on my network.

- 1). What, if any, are the advantages of switching to a 'wired' connection between the printer and the router?

E.g. speed; reliability ('generic' vs. 'quantified' benefits are fine). 

- 1a) Might there a speed impact since the laptop and the printer are both 'wireless' to the router (vs. wired to the printer)?

- 2). When I change the printer connection from wireless to wired, what do I have to do?

Is it possible to just connect the ethernet cable between them and that's all (i.e. no 'on/off for the printer ot reinstallation)?

 

P.S. Thanks for the original response - very clear - and helpful!!

Jim

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Re: Wireless vs. Non-wireless network printer

1. The wired connection is basically bulletproof.  There are no dropped wireless signals, interference from other wireless devices, no passwords or any of that.

1a. The speed of either wired or wireless is so much faster than your printer can print that it does not matter, you will still be waiting on the printer to pick the paper and lay the ink down.

2. Just plug it in with an Ethernet cable.  It will automatically disable and disconnect your wireless connection.

 

You will probably have to delete and re-add the printer in your computer.  Assuming you have Windows, here is how you do add it (after deleting in Start > Control Panel > Printers):

 

1. Print a self-test from the front of the printer to get its IP address.  Make sure the printer is turned on and connected to your network. Verify that you can access the printer's internal web page by browsing to its IP address before continuing.
2. Click >> Start >> Control panel >> Printers.
3. Click the Add a printer
4. Select Local printer
5. Select Create a new port and select Standard TCP/IP Port and click Next button.
6. Under Device type, select TCP/IP Device. Under Hostname or IP address, enter the printer's host name (found on the printer's network configuration report the generated above). Click Next.
If you get a message about Additional Port Information Required, then the printer was not found using the host name. You can go back and retry or using the printer's IP address instead of the host name.
7. Select Hewlett-Packard from the list of manufacturers and select and select your printer model. Click Next.
If your printer model was not listed, then select Have Disk, browse the HP CD that came with your printer and select the first file that starts with hp and ends with inf. Click Open then OK. Select your printer model. Click Next.
8. If you are asked, use the currently installed driver.
9. It will ask for the Printer name -- enter a new name or use the existing one. This will be the name of the printer that you select from other applications.
10. You may be asked to share the printer. Make a choice and click Next.
11. The Print Test Page box appears. Go ahead and print it.
12. Click Finish.

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Re: Wireless vs. Non-wireless network printer

Hi, Andy......You don't state what operating system you are using.  I have a 6500A all-in-one printer which I purchased new in February 2011.  It took me five months to get it working right on my wireless network.  I am using Windows 7 64 bit OS.  The problem I was having was that the printer would "disappear", and would have to be reinstalled, usually every three or four days!  Numerous calls to Hp tech support failed to come up with a workable, reliable solution.  I did, however, come up with a workaround that has allowed my printer to work RELIABLY for the past six weeks.  I may have it fixed this time.  The suggestion I would have is: NEVER allow the computer to update with the printer turned on.  NEVER leave the printer on when not actually in use.  DOWNLOAD AND INSTALL updates for the printer from the HP website at least once a month.  And a lesser, but still necessary mod, do not plug the printer into a surge protector.  Plug it directly into a wall outlet.  The 6500A printer is a dandy printer.....fast, quiet and does a good job.  But this unit has bugs that HP does NOT have a fix for.  I tried mine wired, but still had issues.  So if you buy this model printer, be prepared to spend lots of time getting it to work.  I would not recommend using this printer on any other operating system than Windows 7.  And absolutely not with "toys"', laptops, Ipods, Ipads or other such contraptions.  Only with a desktop computer and only with a Windows 7 operating system.  The reason for my insistance on Windows 7 is that Microsoft has abandoned XP and the abandonment of Vista is just around the corner.  This is a new model printer and support for other operating systems will not be reliable.  Trying to use a laptop or similiar device adds problems that you don't need.  As I said, I consider such devices as toys.  Hope this helps.  A 6500A is a great printer and HP will eventually find a fix.  This has been my experience with the product and mine works well now............GREG

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