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#1 kboaz2001

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Posted 18 March 2018 - 03:37 PM

I have an older HP 4200 printer that I use for my desktop publishing. and it works great! The only issue is that it uses the old parallel printing port, and I had to purchase a special adapter cable that converts it into a USB plug for connecting it into the computer.

 

I would love to make this printer wireless, if I can figure out what card I need to accomplish this. Any ideas?

 

At the very least, i would like this printer accessible on my network so that other computers can use it. Any help would be grateful appreciated.

Thank you.



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#2 SpywareDoc

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Posted 18 March 2018 - 05:09 PM

It's been several years now but, the one I used to use was a TrendNet TEW-P11G. Because Parallel printers have fallen out of favor, this model has been discontinued for a while. However, it appears but you can still find a used one for sale here and there.

If you're interested, here a few links:

Amazon.com > TRENDnet 2-Port Wireless USB 2.0/Parallel Print Server TEW-P11G (White) - Used, Good Condition $66.30 with free shipping

YouTube > TRENDnet 2-Port USB/Parallel Print Server, Wired and Wireless models

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Posted 18 March 2018 - 06:35 PM

One of the reasons I never discard an old computer, especially if it still works is this situation.. I had an older Intel P3 MOBO that had a parallel port.  Adding a wired network card and using it as a printer server that all on the network could use.



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Posted 18 March 2018 - 06:36 PM

I wonder if something like this would help

http://www.ebay.com/itm/like/272046467629


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#5 Joe C

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Posted 18 March 2018 - 09:12 PM

According to the specs on that printer, you should be able to install an HP Jet Direct Print Server card in the 1st slot on the printer designed for this card.

Compatibility page here:

https://support.hp.com/us-en/document/bpp03279

 

You can get this server card on Amazon for $24.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000F3AKQG/ref=psdc_13983761_t1_B000213ZFE

(you'll need to connect to a wireless bridge,

https://www.cnet.com/how-to/reuse-an-old-router-to-bridge-devices-to-your-wireless-network/

or use  power line ethernet)

https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833704165

 

If you still have the owner manuals, please refer to those for installation and set up, if not you can get these docs on line from the HP support web site


Edited by Joe C, 19 March 2018 - 05:49 AM.


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Posted 19 March 2018 - 03:45 PM

I really like the HP bluetooth dongle they have for some printers, have one on a HP 5500 and it works great for the tablets and phones that can't print through the network to the print server.



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Posted 19 March 2018 - 04:46 PM

I really like the HP bluetooth dongle they have for some printers, have one on a HP 5500 and it works great for the tablets and phones that can't print through the network to the print server.

Yep, I linked one a few posts above, but don't know if that will suffice the OP.


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Posted 19 March 2018 - 07:14 PM

 

I really like the HP bluetooth dongle they have for some printers, have one on a HP 5500 and it works great for the tablets and phones that can't print through the network to the print server.

Yep, I linked one a few posts above, but don't know if that will suffice the OP.

 

I don't think this printer has a usb port to plug a dongle into

The op stated:

 

I had to purchase a special adapter cable that converts it into a USB plug for connecting it into the computer.

Which means that the usb is designed to plug into his usb port on his pc, that would probably be a male end such as parallel port on printer to usb on pc type of cable.

If this printer will be close to the wireless/wired router, then with the Jet Direct card for the printer can be connected to the router with an ethernet cable and wireless/wired networked from there


Edited by Joe C, 20 March 2018 - 07:27 AM.


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Posted 21 March 2018 - 08:04 AM

The HP JetDirect card is the way to go especially if you can use an Ethernet cable to plug it into the router.  Most folks don't realize that wired or wireless, all of the devices are on the same network.


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