As I was transitioning from newbie to intermediate user over the past few months, I finally figured out how to use "File and Printer Sharing" to transfer files between my laptop and desktop, as well as how to wirelessly print from my laptop to either of my 2 printers (an old HP LaserJet and a newer HP All-in-One Photosmart) connected to my desktop computer (via LFT and USB cables, respectively).
Before figuring out how to set up "File and Printer Sharing", I was able to wirelessly print from my laptop to one of my printers (Photosmart). After configuring my wireless router, all I had to do was enable the wireless radio on the printer, select my Network Name from a list, and then enter my WPA2 key. The advantage of this configuration was that I could print anytime, regardless of the power mode (On, Standby, Hibernate, or Off) of my desktop computer.
So it seems like I'm stuck with having one of the following, but not both at the same time:
(1) "File and Printer Sharing"; Pros: able to print to either of 2 computers; transfer files between computers on my network; Cons: desktop computer's power mode must be "ON" or "Standby";
(2) WiFi connection of printer & laptop (802.1g via router); Cons: not able to transfer files; unable to print to my more cost efficient printer; Pros: independent of power status of desktop computer
So one of my questions is: ARE "FILE AND PRINTER SHARING" OVER A NETWORK AND WIRELESS (WiFi) PRINTING BY WAY OF ROUTER MUTUALLY EXCLUSIVE?
The following in HP Photosmart user manual also seems to support this EITHER/OR scenario. It states that during setup the user must decide which ONE of the 3 connection types he wants:
(A) USB Connection – direct connection btw. printer & computer
(B) Ethernet (Wired) Network – printer is connected to router as opposed to a computer
© Wireless Network
But what about in the situation where you have aspects of both? I can't seem to find information on how to set up a mixed wired/wireless network.
So am I correct with the above assumptions?
Is it possible to set up my network so that file sharing works as well as wireless printing from my laptop to both printers, and to do so while the desktop is in a low-power state ("hibernate" or "off")? To "wake up" my desktop, could I somehow send a signal using my laptop?
Would getting a wireless network adaptor for my desktop make any sense?
Thanks so much for your generosity, in advance.
(1) Desktop Computer
Dell Dimension 4550
Intel Pentium 4 CPU
Windows XP Home SP3
RAM: 2 GB
Network Card: Intel PRO/100 VE
(2) Laptop Computer
Dell Precision M6300
Windows XP PRO SP3
Intel Core 2 Duo CPU
Windows XP PRO SP3
RAM: 2 GB
Network Card: Intel PRO/Wireless 3945ABG
(3) Router: Netgear RangeMax WPNv824v2 Wireless Router. 802.11b/g.
(4) Printer 1: HP Photosmart All-in-One C6180. 802.1b/g compatible. USB connection.
(5) Printer 2: HP LaserJet 6L. Very old. Not wireless-compatible. LPT connection.
(6) Cable/VoIP Modem (from my ISP).
Note: I have attached a schematic of my network (thumbnail below), not to add more information, but to help in case the above is not clear.
Edited by black069, 06 March 2010 - 05:28 AM.