Wired and Wireless Printing
Posted on 2012-08-23
I'm not even sure where to put this.
I have an HP 8600 Premium e All in one. This printer can be printed to wirelessly OR wired. I did not know this when I bought it. For a top of the line MFP, and with the prevalence of both wired and wireless networks coexisting, this is just mind boggling that there is no out of the box solution that comes with the 8600.
That being said, I have iPads, iPhones that need to print wirelessly and PC's that need to print wired.
I am running a Windows SBS 2008 network.
If I connect the 8600 to my wireless network, the iOS devices can print with no problems but the PC's cannot. If connect the 8600 via cable to the network, the PC's can print and the iOS devices cannot.
Now the 8600 does allow for the wireless setup to run on a wired PC. The problem is that the wireless network will not be the same as the wired network as the wireless router/access point has to serve IP addresses to all devices connecting to it wirelessly. So they will always be on separate networks due to the fact that my SBS server serves IP addresses to all wired devices and 2 DHCP servers cannot exist on the same Windows network.
My fix, so I thought, was to pick up a Airport Express base station, thinking that I would connect the printer wired or wirelessly to that and the iOS devices would be able to see it.
My goal is to have my iPads, iPhones and PC's print to the 8600 printer.
I'm open to anything at this point.