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Printer / Copier wifi - 2nd party?

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Printer / Copier wifi - 2nd party?

I have a printer and a copier, both non-wifi, usb only. Are there any 2nd party devices that can transform these relics into wifi? Tired of USB sticks, moving laptop to be close to the machine to plug in, and would rather not replace.
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Dec 12, 2009
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set up printer sharing over existing network or use a print server
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If they have Ethernet then you can use a bridge (if you have an old router lying around some of those can be used as bridges); if not you're into a print server (again some routers have print server functionality via their USB port(s)). The problem with USB print servers is they aren't always compatible with every device. A lot of "GDI" printers don't work correctly on these, or there can be driver quirks which prevent these or other printers from working properly. But, you're free to try it out. If you have to buy a print server device, I'd recommend buying from Best Buy or somewhere similar where you can return w/o restocking fees or hassles, in case it doesn't work out. Also sometimes you'll be able to get printing working but not scanning and other functions. It all depends, but you'll have to try it out and see.
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Turn a RasPi into a print server.
Or buy a straight print server but some of them are kind of wonky.
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If your "relics" still have parallel ports, I've got a few spare old print servers you can try. They require a 10/100 connection.
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Gee wrote: If you're going to invest any money into these relics, then you're better off buying a new printer
USB based is a relic?
I mean... I still have Parallel printers I use frequently.
There's nothing wrong with them.
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Apr 27, 2007
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I invested a parrellel to usb cable. lots of use of the printer still (got an old one from the 'dump') still works great (had lots of paper jams in the beginning but fixed that). cheap toner too.
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Gee wrote: If you're going to invest any money into these relics, then you're better off buying a new printer
I like this idea as well ..... instead of spending money on WiFi print server ....
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Gee wrote: If you're going to invest any money into these relics, then you're better off buying a new printer
You can get a Canon MG2929 on sale today at Best Buy for $39.99. It is a color printer, scanner, copier, and fax machine. That would be less than replacing the ink cartridges in your existing inkjet (if that's what you have now).

You can get a Brother monochrome laser all-in-one for $99.99.

Although these are both low end devices, the print quality is probably still better than what you have now.
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Raspberry pi printer server is your solution I guess.

Using an old computer as a print server is going to overkill/waste of electricity.
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