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I have a printer that's not wirless enabled, an external hard drive, and a few other devices that I'd like to be able to access from my laptop, but wirelessly. Short of buying a wireless printer and a wireless enabled external hard drive, what are my options? Basically I just want to remove all (probably around five or six) the USB cords and hubs running in and out of my laptop.

Also, what kind of security measures am I going to want to put in place, besides the WEP key on the router and the firewall for the laptop, to secure data moving back and forth between these devices and my laptop?
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by:David Kroll
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You'll need a wireless USB hub like this: http://www.iogear.com/product/GUWH104KIT/
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Use wpa instead of wep when you have it setup, wep gives you slower file transfer speeds
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Also, WEP is very insecure.  It can be compromised within 20 minutes using brute force attack.

You can now buy wireless routers that have printer capability.  Here is a how to guide http://www.ehow.com/how_2091717_access-printer-through-wireless-router.html . The other alternative is to buy a wireless printer server.  Some examples here:  http://www.google.com/search?q=wireless+printer+hub&hl=en&safe=active&prmd=s&source=univ&tbs=shop:1&tbo=u&ei=GnLiTJ0py4aFB5GrjNIN&sa=X&oi=product_result_group&ct=title&resnum=1&ved=0CCwQrQQwAA

I have to say I'm not a great fan of wireless anabled NAS storage.  Unfortunately wireless, although sold as high speed, drops very quickly under a wide range of circumstances.

My recommendation is stay local with hard drives unless you can hard wire them to the network with an RJ-45 and take your printing to wireless.

Snibborg
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