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I need my LaserJet 5P to work as a network printer on a wireless network. Parallel to USB adapter to Router? Parallel to wireless adapter?

I have a new implementation of broadband into my house.  I will have a D-Link wireless router.  I would like to use my Laserjet 5P (parallel) as a network printer.  How can do this most reliably and ecomoically?  I could get a wireless router with a USB printer port and buy a parallel to USB adapter cord.  Or I could get a wireless adapter for a parallel printer.  Can you advise on what would work best to for me?  
Thanks,
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nltechCommented:
no need to get a usb (only) print server and then worry about how to connect the parallel port printer to it...
dlink has a couple of (wireless) parallel port print servers. the first one here also has usb ports and can handle 3 printers total:
http://www.dlink.com/products/?sec=1&pid=336
http://www.dlink.com/products/?sec=1&pid=461
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CwlovellAuthor Commented:
Thank you. I will look into this.
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YoungBonziCommented:
Assuming you are sharing your internet connection with your router, you don't need any additional hardware.

Install the printer on one computer:
Go to Control Panel > Printers
Right click on the printer > Select sharing > Make sure you're sharing the printer

On the second computer:
Go to Control Panel >Printers
Add a printer > Select "A network printer, or a printer attached to another computer
Browse for a printer > Microsoft Windows Network > double click the workgroup name find the printer.

Notes:
If you don't know your workgroup name or the name of the computer that the printer is on:
goto your desktop, and right click on my computer (or do control panel > system)
click on the Computer Name tab and name the computer and name the workgroup
make sure both computers have the name workgroup name. repeat the above steps.

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nltechCommented:
the whole idea of a print server is that you do not need to have a host pc on in order to print. in the age of rising energy costs, every little bit helps. :)
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CwlovellAuthor Commented:
I purchased a D-Link Parallel (Centronics) to RJ-45 (ethernet) adapter.  It was $29 (post rebates) at CompUSA this week.  Works perfectly.  Thanks everyone for a thoughtful series of answers.
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