troubleshooting Question

How to make my old USB printer wireless?

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viki2000Flag for Germany asked on
Printers and ScannersRoutersWireless NetworkingNetworkingMiscellaneous
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Because I changed my internet to a higher speed, I received a wireless router for that higher speed.
I am currently with Vodafone in Germany.
The old router is EasyBox 803 and had one USB port where I could attach either a USB stick or external hard drive or even a USB printer. In such way the USB printer was accessible in the whole house wireless.
The new router for higher speed is EasyBox 804. It has 2 USB ports, but there is no chance to use them for external hard drive or even a USB printer. They are used only for firmware update.
I can provide pdf files with user manual for both routers if it is needed, but I am afraid they are in german language.
I have read a lot about this subject on different forums, like this german one https://forum.vodafone.de/t5/Festnetz-LTE-Ger%C3%A4te/Easybox-804-USB-Ports/td-p/818748 , where other people complain about the same missing function of those 2 USB ports, but there is no chance for a better firmware up to now to make those 2 USB ports usable for USB printer.

Then I found next solutions:
1) Connect old EasyBox 803 to new EasyBox804 and USB printer in old EasyBox 803.
2) Wireless standalone USB print server.
3) Because the printer is near the router, to use a USB to LAN print server, which is connected to the new EasyBox 804.
4) Buy a new wireless printer.

Do you know any other solutions?

Solution 1) is free, but requires too much space and is not easy to configure.
Because I have a “allergy” to too much wireless in the house, solution 2) would man additional wireless signal in the house and as I do not want that, I would prefer solution 3).
Solution 4) is something that I keep in mind for future, but now I do not want to invest in that new printer.

Then at solution 3), what kind of cheap and good device/converter do you recommend?
Do you think the next device is it suitable for solution 3) ?
http://www.ebay.de/itm/USB-2-0-Netzwerk-Drucker-Printserver-LAN-Druck-Server-RJ45-Scanner-/361579313576?hash=item542fce79a8:g:5EIAAOSwbYZXT~80
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