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HP Officejet 5110 and Print Servers

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The only Multifunction printer that will fit in the space alloted is the hp Officejet 5110.  It is located in a cabinet a distance away from the computer.  The printer and computer can be connected by Ethernet.  This is a USB only device.  There is no Parallel port.  

I have a Linksys  Wireless-Ready  USB print Server.  I have successfully had this device work with plain printers.
The Linksys USB Print Server wouldn't work with an Epson CX6400 multi-function printer - I gather that some multifunctions are by their nature incompatible, but not all.

Does anybody know if the OJ 5110  would work with the Linksys?  Can I install JUST the printer driver without the Fax and Scanner portion, so that I can avoid print server trouble?

I know that HP has a wireless USB print server.  The specs on that don't list the OJ 5110, but also don't say there's any incompatibility either.  HP has a line that says "Works best with...."   I could put in a wireless access point, if I had to.


Thanks.


Larry
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Unfortunately, the only multi-function offered by HP which will work for sure across ethernet is the OfficeJet D Series, however it is 22w X 13h X 16d (inches) as opposed to 18w X 9h X 14.5d for the 5110.

Most USB or parallel based multi-function printers these days are pretty dependent on the PC's CPU for image rasterizing.  This does not make them well suited to network sharing.  HP does offer the "corporate" download for the 5110's driver which is usually the print driver alone without any of the interactive software bells and whistles.

If you haven't purchased the printer yet, Brother has the MFC 3320CN with dimensions of 17w X 8.3h X 14.5d, is network ready for printing/scanning/faxing and is pretty low priced (~$180).  A little faster than the HP, with comparable scanning resolution.  Might be worth a look.

Hope that helps.
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