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Windows 7: A question about a USB only printer

27 Sep 2015   #1
reble

windows 7 home premium 32 bit
 
 
A question about a USB only printer

I just picked up for free 2 HP LaserJet B/W (USB only) model P1006 printers. I also got in the same deal 12 TP-LINK model TL-WN727N Wireless N USB Adapters, brand spanking new in the box (the factory seals are unbroken).
My question is. The printer is going to be on the other end of the room from the laptop. To use this printer on a USB port I would need about a 12' USB cable. Is there a way of using 1 of the TP-LINK Wireless n USB Adapters so the printer can talk to my laptop via my wireless router?

Steve


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27 Sep 2015   #2
Mellon Head

Win 7 Pro x64/Win 10 Pro x64 dual boot
 
 

Probably not. The TP-Link devices will need drivers to work, and that usually involves an OS. They are made to plug into the computer, as that's where the control for them comes from. With the printer, there is noting but the printer OS which is very different from Windows. There's no way for the printer to control the wireless N adapters, so they won't work.

If you want to run the printers wirelessly, you could invest in a wireless print server. The server sits near the printer and has a USB cable which attaches to the printer, but gets all of its data wirelessly from your home network and wireless router. They work well.
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27 Sep 2015   #3
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

USB 2.0 is good for up to 16' so you might try using a cable first. If you have to route the cable more than 16', you will need an active USB cable.
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27 Sep 2015   #4
reble

windows 7 home premium 32 bit
 
 
A question about a USB only printer

Thanks Mellon Head for the input. I will have to look into the price for the wireless print server to see if it is worth investing in.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Mellon Head View Post
Probably not. The TP-Link devices will need drivers to work, and that usually involves an OS. They are made to plug into the computer, as that's where the control for them comes from. With the printer, there is noting but the printer OS which is very different from Windows. There's no way for the printer to control the wireless N adapters, so they won't work.

If you want to run the printers wirelessly, you could invest in a wireless print server. The server sits near the printer and has a USB cable which attaches to the printer, but gets all of its data wirelessly from your home network and wireless router. They work well.
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