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How do I print through my wireless home network?

I have a wireless home network set up that was put together by my Dad and husband so I am not sure exactly how it works.  What I do know is that I am able to access the internet through my laptop using a wirless G adapter card.

When I use my laptop for work at home, I occasionally run into things I need to print.  Is there a way I can access my HP Photosmart 1115 printer through this network?  What additional equipment would I need or is there some way I should be able to hook this printer up to the router, etc.?  Explain it like you would to a kindergardener because I really don't know how this works.

Thank you!!!!
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Is the printer connected to another computer?  If so, try connecting to it by (replacing the computer name with the actual computer name): Start->Run->\\ComputerName <Enter>

If it's not listed there, make sure you right-click on it, on the other computer, and choose sharing to share it out (default is everyone having full control, so the default should be fine for what you're after)...
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Oooooh, the printer IS connected to another computer.  But I can't see how I can connect to the computer through the wireless network....when I try to create a new network place on the laptop it doesn't see any other computers on the network...is there something I should check there, what might I be doing wrong?
I'd need to know how your network is configured.
I can make guesses all day long, but then I'd simply end up filling up this thread with just that - guesses... :^ )

Start with the basics...
Presumably you're behind a router?  If so, what type/model?

Try this from both the wired and wireless devices:

Start->Run->CMD /K ipconfig /all <Enter>

this should leave open a window detailing what your IP address is.

Now, assuming that you have, on your wireless 192.168.1.101 and the wired is 192.168.1.100, see if you can 'ping' the other (think 'submarine "ping"'). :^ )

Start->Run->CMD /K ping 192.168.1.100 <Enter>

You should get either 4 replies or 4 request time outs...if reply, then simply try

Start->Run->\\192.168.1.100 <Enter>
to see the 'shared resources' on that wired device - you should then also see the printer (if you shared it out per the instruction above), and double-clicking on it should install it...

If not - post more detail please.
Thanx.
Easy way is to get a wireless print server.
PUNKY, considering that I am using wireless G, can you recommend a wireless print server and/or tell me what things to watch out for when shopping for one of these?  Thank you!
I'm also behind a wireless G and use my wife's printer without a wireless printer server...but if you'd rather spend the extra $$ to get this working, then I wish you luck...
Sir Bounty, I located the IP addys and pinged them, got timeouts unfortunately.

We have a DLink Air Plus extreme G wireless router.  My Wired PC is connected to it through a cable.  My printer, a HP photosmart 1115 is connected directly to the wired PC.

Any other ideas?
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