Hooking up a Wireless Printer to a wireless laptop

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Desktop = a desktop (Win XP Pro) computer hooked (hard wired) to a win 2008 server
Laptop = a laptop (Win XP Pro) thinkpad hooked to the above network - thru wireless router
Wireless Printer = HP Officejet Pro 8600 hooked to the above network - thru wireless router

Question:
I installed HP's software on the Desktop and had no problem hooking to the Wireless Printer.  Can I hook to the Wireless Printer from my laptop without installing all the HP software.

If the answer is yes, how?

Note:
There are more computers involved, but I wanted to keep it simple.

Thanks in advance for any help.
LJG
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Can you view or see the printer in your Control Panel>Printers?
1. Open Printers and Faxes
 2. Under Printer Tasks, click Add a printer to open the Add Printer Wizard, and then click Next.
 3. Click Local printer or stand-alone network printer, clear the Automatically detect and install my Plug and Play printer check box, and then click Next.
 4. Click Create a new port, and then click Standard TCP/IP Port.
 5. Click Next to run the Add Standard TCP/IP Printer Port Wizard.
 6. Follow the instructions on the screen to finish installing the TCP/IP printer.
 

Here's the M$ article that can help answer additional questions.
http://www.microsoft.com/resources/documentation/windows/xp/all/proddocs/en-us/print_add_tcpip_port.mspx?mfr=true
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Hulabaloo
I followed your instructions - at step #6 it asks for a printer name or IP address
I put in the IP address and it couldn't find the printer

The printer name appears to be HP Officejet 8600 - the above form will not take spaces so I entered it without spaces - Couldn't find the printer.

If you have any other ideas - it would be greatly appreciated.  

Thanks
LJG
LJG

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Oops - LJG screwed up
Hulabaloo had the right answer - my problem was I have two routers and I was hooked to the wrong router.

I would add step 5.5 - Enter the Printer Name or IP address

On the 8600 to get the IP address you go to the printer and:
Touch right arrow , touch Setup, touch Reports, and then touch Network Configuration Page.

The page that prints will have the IP address under configuration.

Thanks again Hulabaloo
You're very welcome.  Have a good one!
LJG

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Commented:
Some additional thoughts using Hulabaloo's instructions.

 1. Open Printers and Faxes
 2. Under Printer Tasks, click Add a printer to open the Add Printer Wizard, and then click Next.
 3. Click Local printer or stand-alone network printer, clear the Automatically detect and install my Plug and Play printer check box, and then click Next.
 4. Click Create a new port, and then click Standard TCP/IP Port.
 5. Click Next to run the Add Standard TCP/IP Printer Port Wizard.
 6. Enter the Printer Name or IP address
 7. Pick the printer driver from the wizard that comes up or click have disk (Put in the CD and just pick the drive - Windows will do the rest)
 8. Follow the instructions on the screen to finish installing the TCP/IP printer.
 
Note:#1 If you get an error "A port with that name already exist" go back to step 4 and pick "Use the following Port" and pick the IP address in the pull down list.

 
Note:#2 On the HP 8600 to get the IP address you go to the printer and:
Touch right arrow , touch Setup, touch Reports, and then touch Network Configuration Page.
The page that prints will have the IP address under configuration.

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