I'd like to make my home printer wirelessly accessible to all PCs. What are my options?
Printer sharing over wireless can be accomplished in several ways:
- You can purchase a wireless router with a built-in print server. For example, Motorola's SBG1000 SURFboard Wireless Cable Modem Gateway lets you connect a USB printer directly to the gateway. The Gateway can be configured to share that printer with Windows, Mac, or *nix hosts connected to the Gateway via wireless 802.11b or wired Ethernet.
- You can use a printer with a built-in or add-on wireless print server. For example, the HP Jetdirect 280m 802.11b wireless print server can be used with many HP personal LaserJet printers, HP business inkjet printers and HP all-in-one peripherals. Any wireless device can print to this print server, using direct peer-to-peer connections or by relaying traffic through a nearby wireless router/AP.
- You can turn one of the hosts in your home network into a print server. For example, if you have a desktop connected to your wireless router via Ethernet, just connect a printer to that desktop and enable Windows printer sharing. Choose a host that's always turned on as your print server, because the printer will only be accessible to others when the server is actively connected to your home network.