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Windows 7: Wireless G or N for a Network Printer?


17 Aug 2012   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 
Wireless G or N for a Network Printer?

I'm looking into purchasing a new printer. However, the one I am interested in only has up to wireless G. I'm just looking for some opinions. Do you believe I'd be better off with one that has wireless N?


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17 Aug 2012   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Depends on your router and other devices you have.
If your router is n or g, and everything else you have is n capable and you hook up a g device, everything will run at g speeds.
Some routers have 2 built in wireless networks so you can run g and n simultaneously.
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17 Aug 2012   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

you mean such as a dual-band router? because that is the one that we are currently using:

Linksys E3200

the router is capable of running mixed mode, which is what i've had it set to ever since i set it up. I'm happy with the performance i've had with the router, so hopefully that shouldn't be an issue?
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17 Aug 2012   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

That will do it.
Any n devices that are not 5ghz compatible will be on the 2.4ghz network along with that g printer though.
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17 Aug 2012   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Personally I just share the printer across the network...for me it's just way more easier. Once I share the printer, then each PC in the network can add that printer and windows does the rest. Then all PC's in the network can print from that printer. The beauty of this set up...again for me... is all my laptops on my network print with this setup wirelessly. There is no need for a wireless printer...works for me very well.
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17 Aug 2012   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

I'm guessing you're able to do this using Windows Workgroup?
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17 Aug 2012   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bassfisher6522 View Post
Personally I just share the printer across the network...for me it's just way more easier. Once I share the printer, then each PC in the network can add that printer and windows does the rest. Then all PC's in the network can print from that printer. The beauty of this set up...again for me... is all my laptops on my network print with this setup wirelessly. There is no need for a wireless printer...works for me very well.
If you have the printer attached to a machine that is doing the sharing, that computer must be turned on to print.
You didn't say how your printer is attached to your network.
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19 Aug 2012   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Zepher View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bassfisher6522 View Post
Personally I just share the printer across the network...for me it's just way more easier. Once I share the printer, then each PC in the network can add that printer and windows does the rest. Then all PC's in the network can print from that printer. The beauty of this set up...again for me... is all my laptops on my network print with this setup wirelessly. There is no need for a wireless printer...works for me very well.
If you have the printer attached to a machine that is doing the sharing, that computer must be turned on to print.
You didn't say how your printer is attached to your network.

Yes..that is correct...I took that as understood.
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19 Aug 2012   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1, Windows 8.1 Pro x64
 
 

I thought the OP said Wireless printer.
In any case, for just printing, wireless g is fine since, a printer's speed is determined by it's mechanical nature not the connection.
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19 Aug 2012   #10

Windows 7 64 bit SP1. EFI boot partition., full EFI boot.
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Zepher View Post
Depends on your router and other devices you have.
If your router is n or g, and everything else you have is n capable and you hook up a g device, everything will run at g speeds.
Some routers have 2 built in wireless networks so you can run g and n simultaneously.

That is not correct. If you have an N router, you can run a mixed N and G network with G devices and the N devices running at N speed (though not to the G device). Until I got rid of my last G nic, I was running just such a network.
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