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#1 nmorrill

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Posted 17 August 2012 - 02:37 PM

I'm not really sure where to post this, and maybe this is the wrong site to ask at, but hopefully someone can direct me to the right place.
Essentially, I'm heading to college and am planning on purchasing a personal printer (printers are scarce in the dorms). However, though I want it to be wireless, I want to keep it private or password protected. In the past when I've set up printers for wireless networks, everyone can see and then attach themselves to the printer. While I don't object to people using the printer, I'd prefer to not have people printing 1000 pages of random things as a prank or something like that. What can I do?

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#2 bjamrok

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Posted 19 August 2012 - 07:40 PM

The only way I can think to accomplish this is to setup your own wireless access point or router that you can attach to when you want to print. That way you could keep your wireless network password protected and turn off the SSID broadcast so people wont even know it's there. However, if you can't connect the access point/router to the college internet connection, you would have to change networks just to print and at that point you would lose your internet connection until you switched back. You might be better off investing in a long USB cable.
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