networking printer options

Hello Experts,
I was thinking of buying the same model of printer that I have at work.
It is very old 2001 HP LaserJet 2200D Printer ( C7058A#ABA ) and it says that it has networking options. With a lot of work I have created a wireless print server using a linksys wireless G print server.
Question:
I'm wondering if I will be able to use a printer like this on a wireless print server. I tried using a hp all in one printer (that I hate) to test the print server out but the it said the printer was not responding. I planned on replacing it anyway but I would hate to buy with the idea of wirelessly networking it and be wrong.
Thanks for any advice that you can offer,
rhyno99
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Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
I recommend against using the printer in wireless mode if you can connect it wired to your network.  If your computers are connectly wirelessly, adding the printer to the wireless part of the network just adds to the interference.

Which HP All-in-One?
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hdhondtCommented:
I agree with DaveBaldwin. Wired is always better.

However, as the LJ2200 is not a GDI printer (which rely on Windows' graphics engine to convert the page into printer dots) there should be no real problem in connecting it via a wireless printserver. All-in-ones usually are GDI driven, and will only work with printservers that specifically support it. And even then you will probably not get scanning to work over the network, unless HP designed one specifically for your all-in-one.

If the 2200D is in fact a 2200DN (with a network port), you can just plug it straight into the wireless router as most of them have one or more RJ45 ports. It's then available to all wireless PCs on your network.
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RogerhatCommented:
If you want to go wireless I would purchase a wireless printer and that would solve any driver problems connecting a non wireless printer to a wireless access point. Would save yourself a lot of time and frustration.

HP LaserJet Pro M1217nfw mono/laser can be picked up for under $200.00
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rhyno99Author Commented:
Thank you all for your help.
The all in one was a OfficeJet 4550. I see there are two types of printers that I was asking about. One is the LJ2200 DN with networking options. Thanks for bringing that to my attention .There are drivers for the 2200D so I'm guessing there shouldn't be a problem. I'm trying to use an older printer to avoid the software that runs in the background and the cartridge issues. I don't have much for a network, so I'm thinking I am not to worried about interference. Usually only one computer is running at a time and maybe the xbox. The main reason for exploring wireless networking options is to save space by having this large printer off my desk. The problem is that it would be difficult to wire it to the area that I am thinking about. I would like to plug it directly into the router but it is located near the computer and not near the location that I would prefer for the printer. Do you mean plugging it directly into the print server mini-router?
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Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
I plug my Laserjet 4 directly into the router because it has a network port built into it.  That's what I mean.  The other issue is that wireless is a polled shared environment.  Each wireless device is polled in turn to see if it has some network traffic.  More devices = more delay.  You can buy network cables up to 100 feet long.

In addition, there are up to 10 other wireless networks active in my area.  I only use wireless when I need to for that reason.

But if you do decide to go wireless with the printer, I believe the LJ2200DN will work.   It appears that the OfficeJet 4550 is probably a GDI printer with only a USB connection.  It needs to be connected directly to a computer that has the driver.  Then you could share it over the network.
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rhyno99Author Commented:
Thanks DaveBaldwin,
Rogerhat said to avoid connecting a non wireless printer to a wireless access point. This would save yourself a lot of time and frustration.

I thought that a wireless printer still needed to use an access point to be attached for it to work. Could a LJ2200DN printer stand alone and be found/accessed/controlled by my computer wirelessly, that is, without my linksys print server? I would like to eliminate it if possible.

Thanks again for your help.
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rhyno99Author Commented:
BTW I read good things about your LJ 4 :)
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Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
If you plug your LJ2200DN into one of the rj45 network sockets on your wireless router, it will be on the same network as everything else and it will be accessible from any computer on that network.  You won't need the wireless print server.  In addition, all of the wireless printers I have seen also have other ways to hook them up.  I always consider wireless to be the last choice.

Yes, the LJ4MPlus that I have has been a workhorse for many years.  The toner cartridges are still available.  But so are the ones for my LaserJet III which I keep thinking of hooking up again to one of my old computers.
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hdhondtCommented:
> If you plug your LJ2200DN into one of the rj45 network sockets...

That's what I suggested in my first post. However, rhyno99 has said that this is not very convenient for him. That leaves only the wireless option which, again as per my post, should not present any problems.

The LJ2200 will also be a lot cheaper to run than the OJ4500 - but of course it's only black & white.

And yes, the OJ4500 is a GDI printer, and it will not work with the Linksys Wireless G. See this page for a link to the list of supported printers:

http://homesupport.cisco.com/en-us/wireless/lbc/WPS54G?referrer=www.linksysbycisco.com
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rhyno99Author Commented:
Thank you all for your help.
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Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
You're welcome, glad to help.
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