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Jim Fleming

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Acces printer via WiFi
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  Posted: Jun 6, 2017 2:28 PM
Hi,
In our domestic installation we have a main PC connected by cable to a
router, with an additional USB cable connecting that PC to a HP6970
printer. All works correctly.

My "other half" has her own PC, with a USB WiFi dongle that connects to
the router for internet access. All OK.

The printer is also a WiFi access point, and that second PC can connect
to it via WiFi, but at the expense of the internet connection --
connecting to the printer cuts off the internet connection, and vice
versa.

Does anyone know how I might configure that second PC to see both
internet WiFi and printer WiFi at the same time, maybe by adding a
second WiFi dongle to my wife's PC ??

The main PC does not have WiFi.

Anything that opens up the local network to external attack (sharing or
whatever) is not a good idea.

Simple step-by-step instructions would be welcome, always assuming that
what I'm thinking is a possible solution is just that, a feasible
solution.

Both PCs, and an occasional laptop, run Windows 7 Pro.

--
JF
Lajos Juhasz

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Re: Acces printer via WiFi
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  Posted: Jun 6, 2017 9:59 PM   in response to: Jim Fleming in response to: Jim Fleming
Jim Fleming wrote:

Hi,
In our domestic installation we have a main PC connected by cable to a
router, with an additional USB cable connecting that PC to a HP6970
printer. All works correctly.

My "other half" has her own PC, with a USB WiFi dongle that connects
to the router for internet access. All OK.

The printer is also a WiFi access point, and that second PC can
connect to it via WiFi, but at the expense of the internet connection
-- connecting to the printer cuts off the internet connection, and
vice versa.

Does anyone know how I might configure that second PC to see both
internet WiFi and printer WiFi at the same time, maybe by adding a
second WiFi dongle to my wife's PC ??

The main PC does not have WiFi.

Anything that opens up the local network to external attack (sharing
or whatever) is not a good idea.

Simple step-by-step instructions would be welcome, always assuming
that what I'm thinking is a possible solution is just that, a feasible
solution.

Both PCs, and an occasional laptop, run Windows 7 Pro.

First question is why did you configured your printer to act as a Wifi
access point? I have a similair configuration with an Epson L655. I
choose to connect one PC using the USB connection of the printer, for
Epson this is a faster connection, while to enable to other devices to
uce the printers the printer is connection to the Access Point provided
by the modem, this way I have only one Wifi network and devices can
find the printer on that network.

A google search returned the following page:
https://support.hp.com/rs-en/document/c04945268 (HP OfficeJet Pro
Printers - Wireless Printer Setup (Windows).
Jim Fleming

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Re: Acces printer via WiFi
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  Posted: Jun 7, 2017 11:09 AM   in response to: Lajos Juhasz in response to: Lajos Juhasz
Lajos Juhasz wrote:

Jim Fleming wrote:

Hi,
In our domestic installation we have a main PC connected by cable
to a router, with an additional USB cable connecting that PC to a
HP6970 printer. All works correctly.

My "other half" has her own PC, with a USB WiFi dongle that connects
to the router for internet access. All OK.

The printer is also a WiFi access point, and that second PC can
connect to it via WiFi, but at the expense of the internet
connection -- connecting to the printer cuts off the internet
connection, and vice versa.

Does anyone know how I might configure that second PC to see both
internet WiFi and printer WiFi at the same time, maybe by adding a
second WiFi dongle to my wife's PC ??

The main PC does not have WiFi.

Anything that opens up the local network to external attack (sharing
or whatever) is not a good idea.

Simple step-by-step instructions would be welcome, always assuming
that what I'm thinking is a possible solution is just that, a
feasible solution.

Both PCs, and an occasional laptop, run Windows 7 Pro.

First question is why did you configured your printer to act as a Wifi
access point? I have a similair configuration with an Epson L655. I
choose to connect one PC using the USB connection of the printer, for
Epson this is a faster connection, while to enable to other devices to
uce the printers the printer is connection to the Access Point
provided by the modem, this way I have only one Wifi network and
devices can find the printer on that network.

A google search returned the following page:
https://support.hp.com/rs-en/document/c04945268 (HP OfficeJet Pro
Printers - Wireless Printer Setup (Windows).

Yes, Lajos, that is what I have -- a direct USB connection from the
main PC to the printer. Following up on your reference, I succeeded in
connecting the printer to the router, and having the second PC use the
existing internet WiFi connection to get to the printer.

Works a treat, so my wife's PC can now print, eliminating the tedious
"copy to pendrive and swap to main PC" routine just to print a page of
whatever. She is quite pleased. Good to have some brownie points in the
bank -- never know when they might be needed !!!!

--
JF
Markus Humm

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Re: Acces printer via WiFi
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  Posted: Jun 7, 2017 8:28 AM   in response to: Jim Fleming in response to: Jim Fleming
Am 06.06.2017 um 23:28 schrieb Jim Fleming:
Hi,
In our domestic installation we have a main PC connected by cable to a
router, with an additional USB cable connecting that PC to a HP6970
printer. All works correctly.

My "other half" has her own PC, with a USB WiFi dongle that connects to
the router for internet access. All OK.

The printer is also a WiFi access point, and that second PC can connect
to it via WiFi, but at the expense of the internet connection --
connecting to the printer cuts off the internet connection, and vice
versa.

Does anyone know how I might configure that second PC to see both
internet WiFi and printer WiFi at the same time, maybe by adding a
second WiFi dongle to my wife's PC ??

The main PC does not have WiFi.

Anything that opens up the local network to external attack (sharing or
whatever) is not a good idea.

Simple step-by-step instructions would be welcome, always assuming that
what I'm thinking is a possible solution is just that, a feasible
solution.

Both PCs, and an occasional laptop, run Windows 7 Pro.

Hello,

your wife is using a WiFi Adhoc connection to the printer as it seems
and that's always a 1:1 connection, so the PC drops the other one to the
router.

What you want and need is to properly bring your printer into the wifi
network of your router without acting himself as router.

I'm quite sure you can set up your printer in such a fashion.
He needs to be a normal WiFi client.

Greetings

Markus
Jim Fleming

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  Posted: Jun 7, 2017 11:10 AM   in response to: Markus Humm in response to: Markus Humm
Markus Humm wrote:

Am 06.06.2017 um 23:28 schrieb Jim Fleming:
Hi,
In our domestic installation we have a main PC connected by cable
to a router, with an additional USB cable connecting that PC to a
HP6970 printer. All works correctly.

My "other half" has her own PC, with a USB WiFi dongle that
connects to the router for internet access. All OK.

The printer is also a WiFi access point, and that second PC can
connect to it via WiFi, but at the expense of the internet
connection -- connecting to the printer cuts off the internet
connection, and vice versa.

Does anyone know how I might configure that second PC to see both
internet WiFi and printer WiFi at the same time, maybe by adding a
second WiFi dongle to my wife's PC ??

The main PC does not have WiFi.

Anything that opens up the local network to external attack
(sharing or whatever) is not a good idea.

Simple step-by-step instructions would be welcome, always assuming
that what I'm thinking is a possible solution is just that, a
feasible solution.

Both PCs, and an occasional laptop, run Windows 7 Pro.

Hello,

your wife is using a WiFi Adhoc connection to the printer as it seems
and that's always a 1:1 connection, so the PC drops the other one to
the router.

What you want and need is to properly bring your printer into the wifi
network of your router without acting himself as router.

I'm quite sure you can set up your printer in such a fashion.
He needs to be a normal WiFi client.

Greetings

Markus

Yes -- that is what I needed.

Lajos gave me the clue -- I didn't know I could connect the printer to
the router -- a new one on me.

Thanks,

--
JF
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