Wireless networking help (specifically wireless printer network card)
Posted on 2003-12-08
Here's my setup:
Laptop ---- connected to printer
I want to set up a wireless network. Using the network, I want to be able to share a broadband connection, and share the printer.
My solution to that would be to add a wireless network card to each PC (the laptop already has one) and get a wireless broadband router/access point.
However, the laptop will not be present at all times yet I want the printer to be accessible to the rest of the network all the time. Therefore I presume the only solution (that I can think of, short of moving the printer to a different room and connecting it to a different PC) is to find some wireless network card for the printer, and something to handle the document queues when the printers buffer fills up.
Secondly, is it better to have one PC to be connected to the net all the time, and use ICS to share the connection, or to have a wireless broadband router that is constantly connected (if that's possible, i'm not quite sure about that stuff)
Here's the spec of the stuff:
Laptop - Centrino wireless, WinXP pro, connected to printer
Printer - OKI C5100, network card (non-wireless)
PC 1 - WinXP Pro, no networking cards etc.
PC 2 - WinXP Pro, network card (non-wireless)
All the PCs have expantion slots for any nessecary upgrades.