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    Computer geek needed for wifi printer question

    I am looking to get a wifi printer that allows ipad iphone airprinting... Curious to know if I can still connect direct from main computer and have wifi enabled for other devices or is wifi an all or nothing proposition???

    Looking at a Brother MFC-J835DW all in one

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    Re: Computer geek needed for wifi printer question

    http://blogs.canoe.ca/canoetech/prod...on-mfc-j835dw/

    You can access the printer 3 ways, via USB 2.0, Ethernet or through Wi-Fi, a fairly easy to set up wireless interface (802.11 B/G/N), which you can actually configure without having to cable up first.
    So, assuming your computer has a usb port, the way I'm reading it, you can.

    -Bill

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    Re: Computer geek needed for wifi printer question

    I have never met a wireless printer that works as one would want it to. Good luck and post your results!

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    Re: Computer geek needed for wifi printer question

    The printer will end up being a part of your home network. You will be able to print to it from any network connected device, whether it be a wired or wifi.

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    Re: Computer geek needed for wifi printer question

    Here's what I want. I have an iMac near Airport router. I want don't want my iMac wirelessly printing. If I connect the printer to the airport router via ethernet or USB I believe I need to select connectivity on the printer and it is an either or situation.

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    Re: Computer geek needed for wifi printer question

    Alright let me back up a bit.

    There are only two ways you can print anything. One, you can print to a device connected directly to your computer/device (USB or parallel), or two, you can print to a device on your network.

    When a printer is referred to as "wireless", that just refers to how it connects to your home network. So functionally, a wireless printer acts the same as a printer that plugs into your router.

    So in other words, there is really no such thing as "wireless printing". If your printer is on the network(wired or wireless), you can print to it from your iMac plugged into your router just as well as your ipad could over wifi.

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    Re: Computer geek needed for wifi printer question

    Quote Originally Posted by sukie View Post
    Here's what I want. I have an iMac near Airport router. I want don't want my iMac wirelessly printing. If I connect the printer to the airport router via ethernet or USB I believe I need to select connectivity on the printer and it is an either or situation.
    I'd disagree with this, but my ultimate suggestion would be to ask whomever you're buying it from, or perhaps even call Brother directly.

    Like Lucid said, the printer should be part of your home network... Whether you print wired or wifi should be up to you, but I don't think it'll be an "either or" situation...

    Now, if you try to print from more than one device at the same time, you might have to wait for one or the other to finish, but there shouldn't be any button you have to push, switch, etc, in order to choose between a wired or wireless device.

    I can say that I personally have never seen a printer that has wifi that you needed to "switch" in order to print wired. But again, to be sure, I'd ask who you plan to buy it from, or call Brother themselves.

    -Bill

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    Re: Computer geek needed for wifi printer question

    So if I'm reading you right you have the printer plugged into your router. Set the printer up as wired (since that is how it is connected to the network), and you'll be able to print to it from any of your devices (regardless of how they are connected).

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    Re: Computer geek needed for wifi printer question

    Quote Originally Posted by Lucidvizion View Post
    So if I'm reading you right you have the printer plugged into your router. Set the printer up as wired (since that is how it is connected to the network), and you'll be able to print to it from any of your devices (regardless of how they are connected).
    you don't even need to connect the printer to the router anymore. Most wi-fi printers have to be directly connected to a computer for setup, and you use their software to enter the information for the wi-fi network. Once that's done, the printer can be disconnected from the computer and the router because it will get all it's info wirelessly.

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    Re: Computer geek needed for wifi printer question

    sukie, why do you have Clump's avatar?

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    Re: Computer geek needed for wifi printer question

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Miyagi View Post
    sukie, why do you have Clump's avatar?
    that screws me up all the time, especially when he posts Republican stuff in the Spin Zone. "What the hell happened to Clump? He used to be so much more liberal..... "

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    Re: Computer geek needed for wifi printer question

    What a great idea. This could be fun.

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    Re: Computer geek needed for wifi printer question

    I know not who clumb is but this is the avatar I use in other places. It's been with me a while.

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    Re: Computer geek needed for wifi printer question

    Quote Originally Posted by Mouldsie View Post
    I have never met a wireless printer that works as one would want it to. Good luck and post your results!
    This bad boy is awesome



    Brother MFC-J4510DW Wireless Inkjet All-in-One Printer

    Out of box set up 15 minutes with fax and all. No wired to computer setup required. Prints up to 11x17. Faxes nice and scans wirelessly. Wife printed coupons from ipad and works with iphones

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