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How do I print to a printer wirelessly via a laptop. Printer connection solution needed

Situation:
I have multiple laptops, that I want to be able to print to the same printer.
The laptops are connected to the internet via mobile broadband cards.
The printer... need some solution to print to it, maybe hooking it up to some sort of broadband card to print server configuration ?

Problems. No other internet connection other than broadband internet cards
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rettif9ManagerCommented:
Most modern laptops have an 802.11 a/b/g/n card built in. If yours don't PCMCIA cards are available if your laptop has a slot. The printer can be attached to a wireless print server. Recommend that you stick with one brand for best performance. Follow the wizards to connect.
I'm not endorsing any brand but here's a getting started guide.
http://h10032.www1.hp.com/ctg/Manual/c01669416.pdf
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l8rgdkdAuthor Commented:
The laptops connect to the internet using sprint broadband cards.  Pertend the printer is on the other side of a city and the only way to connect to it is with a sprint broadband card. How do I print to it ? It it possible
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rettif9ManagerCommented:
Almost anything is possible, it's a question of time and money... Sending print jobs over the internet is possible but the printer (or print server/router has to have a static public IP address or use Dynamic DNS.

A possible scenario;
laptop with broadband wireless card creates and sends print job through internet to IP address on other end. A router with broadband card capability is connected to a printer either with cat5 or via 802.11 a/b/g/n
when installing the printer driver on the laptop choose local printer -> create port -> standard TCP/IP port enter public address of router (or Dynamic DNS address).

Understand this connection is likely to be less reliable than a normal office printer.
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rettif9ManagerCommented:
I neglected to mention that you would need to forward the print job to the printer by setting up port forwarding in the router.
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chatxfalconCommented:
l8rgdkd:

I would like to ask the following:

  1. What is your printer model
  2. Do you have DSL/Cable connection? or just sprint broadband?
  3. Do you have a router where your printer currently located? what model?
  4. Are all of your laptop using sprint broadband? or some are just located where the printer at?
Falcon

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chatxfalconCommented:
Err, Silly me. I wasnt able to read the last part:

Problems. No other internet connection other than broadband internet cards.


Maybe because I haven't sleep much lately..

Anyway,

Here's the my suggestion:

  1. You need a location where you can host the printer. Probably with stable Internet connection. (like DSL or Cable)
  2. You need a printer server  ( so that you will not be needing a new computer to host it) -- This one just looks like a small router
  3. You need a router with VPN Service.
  4. You need to install and setup a vpn client on  your laptop
If you're interested with my idea.. Just post again.. I can post more details.

Or can avail  services from --> http://fedex.kinkos.com/fpfk/index.php


I hope this helps..




Falcon
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l8rgdkdAuthor Commented:
Maybe I am not clear... I need to print to a printer, in another city, that can only access the internet via a broadband card. I need some solution... if there is one, where a person not knowing much, can setup a printer there, connect it to the internet using a broadband card, and we can print to it
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rettif9ManagerCommented:
The solution I suggested can be done but it isn't plug and play. It requires a bit of knowledge to configure. Perhaps someone else has a simpler solution??
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l8rgdkdAuthor Commented:
no good answers... i guess we can close this out
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chatxfalconCommented:
I believe my suggestions are the feasible options. Because the last 1 is you-->  ask a software developer to do it for you (which is a little expensive)



You might also try this one --> http://www.printeranywhere.com/how-it-works.sdf



I hope this helps.
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rettif9ManagerCommented:
l8rgdkd:
I think my solution is also practical. The average user probably could not do it but any competent Computer repair shop should have someone on staff who could set this up in 1-2 hours depending on the number of laptops involved. I'm not going to object. I'm just offering a friendly suggestion.

rettif9.
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chatxfalconCommented:
I believe the answer to the issue has been addressed. The possible option has been given.



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chatxfalconCommented:
I believe the answer to the issue has been addressed. The possible option has been given.



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