How can I use my printer over wireless using my router?

Mohammed Al-Marhoon February 12, 2011
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I have an Aztech Router and a HP Color LaserJet CP1215. I want to use my printer via the wireless, so how can I configure it?

I am using both Windows XP and Windows 7, but I prefer to do it in Windows XP.

Regards,
Mohammed

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  1. FIDELIS
    February 13, 2011 at 8:48 am

    I am afraid your printer does not have any networking capibilities (no ethernet port/ no wireless). The only option you have is to install the printer with a usb cable to the computer and share it. In your case, you want to do it with windows xp, install the printer on XP and then share it with other computers from there. These are the instructions for installing and sharing the printer from the HP site for XP:

    Installing Printer software on windows xp:
    http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=c01851092&tmp_track_link=ot_recdoc/c01910237/en_us/c01851092/loc:1&lc=en&dlc=en&cc=us&product=3422476

    Sharing a Printer on windows xp:
    http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=c01648290&tmp_track_link=ot_recdoc/c01910237/en_us/c01648290/loc:2&lc=en&dlc=en&cc=us&product=3422476

  2. Mike
    February 13, 2011 at 3:07 am

    If your Aztech Router has a USB port you might be able to share the printer via the Router itself. In that case you should look into your Routers manual.

    Microsoft has nice step-by-step guides with screenshots how to enable Printer Sharing
    For Windows XP:
    http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/networking/maintain/printers.mspx
    For Windows 7:
    http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/Share-a-printer

    If hostname resolution doesn't work on your local network and you cannot access the system via the name e.g.
    \computername
    you should give the system where the printer is connected a Static IP. This prevents the system from getting a different IP Address in which case all other systems using the shared printer would have to be reconfigured.

    You can do this by
    (a) adding a DHCP Reservation on your Router (often called Static DHCP, if supported)
    (b) using configuring the network adapter on your system
    http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/19249/how-to-assign-a-static-ip-address-in-xp-vista-or-windows-7/

    Just make sure you are not using an IP Address which is within the DHCP Pool of your Router (range of IP's your Router is distributing for clients).