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    New to Sky Broadband - Wireless Printer Help needed

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      Angry New to Sky Broadband - Wireless Printer Help needed

      Hi,

      This is my first post so sorry if its a bit long....

      I have just moved from Orange Broadband to SKY Broadband and knew that the switchover would not be straightforward. I moved from Orange as they are the only company ever which I have ended up screaming down the phone at!

      Anyway, Sagem router received, managed to connect my laptop wirelessly really quickly (did not use set-up disc). Email was a headache as I wanted to use my existing email addresses and not be forced onto the Sky Googlemail system. Anyway thanks to the skyuser SMTP server it was not a problem too long.

      Now for the final problem which I am scratching my head over. I have a non-wireless printer (epson RX425). With Orange I was able to plug the printer USB cable straight into the Orange livebox, then enable a function in the livebox called 'Liveprinter' (which only worked after finding a hack on an Orange user forum!) and be able to print wirelessly from my laptop. Doesn't seem to be the same set-up with the Sky Sagem router - no USB socket just LAN sockets only! Not quite sure how to proceed, is it a case of getting a different router (probably), is there a USB cable adapter (probably not), or is it new printer time and put old printer on eBay (possibly)?

      Any help or suggestions would be appreciated.

      Thanks
      olivda
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      Re: New to Sky Broadband - Wireless Printer Help needed

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      Re: New to Sky Broadband - Wireless Printer Help needed

      Hi,

      It sounds like the Orange hardware had a built in print server, which the Sky provided hardware does not. The hardware provided by Sky are routers only, not routers with print servers built in.

      You have a few options, here's 4 to consider

      1 - Buy a small print server and connect it to an ethernet port on your router and connect your printer to that.

      2 - Replace your printer with one that has a built in print server (better still, get one with a wireless print server built in).

      3 - Use printer sharing. By this I mean install the printer directly to a PC, set it to be shared over the network and this way all other hardware can print to it. The only problem is that the PC has to be on at all times to allow access to the printer.

      4 - Buy a router with a built in print server and risk using it on Sky's network.

      Option 3 would be the cheapest, option 2 would get the best results but cost the most and option one would be somewhere in the middle.

      Even if you find a 'usb cable adapter' as you suggest, you'll only have part of a solution because the printer will need a print server function somewhere in the mix to allow it to communicate with the network. The physical connection via USB or ethernet is only part of your problem as the router is only a router and not a print server and router.

      Sky's routers have been nothing but trouble for me, I've had to set up a DIY solution at home to fix problems that they cause and that Sky's support team cannot fix. Good luck with them

      If you need any further details on any of the above let me know.
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      Re: New to Sky Broadband - Wireless Printer Help needed

      I'd use an external print server in this case personally but they're not exactly cheap. however, if you were looking to get another router with one built in then it would be cheaper...

      EDIT: they're not tha expensive actually, around 30-50...
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      Re: New to Sky Broadband - Wireless Printer Help needed

      Or a new printer, I've recently purchased a HP C5280 for under 60 (Tesco) this has an ethernet port which you can then connect straight to the router and share. I would agree that option 3 will work, and is reasonably easy to do, but unless it is attached to a PC that is always on, it can a pain. I suppose between 1 and 2 it's a question of do you want a new printer?

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      Re: New to Sky Broadband - Wireless Printer Help needed

      If you wanted it on the cheap you could get a lexmark printer? i know i know lexmark are rubbish but they are dirt cheap, most of them now have wireless printing.
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      Re: New to Sky Broadband - Wireless Printer Help needed

      Splash Out Buy A Good Printer

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      Re: New to Sky Broadband - Wireless Printer Help needed

      Quote Originally Posted by AWW View Post
      If you wanted it on the cheap you could get a lexmark printer? i know i know lexmark are rubbish but they are dirt cheap, most of them now have wireless printing.
      have u seen cost of lexmark replacment ink? (that i can find anyways) the printers are cheap but high markup on new replacement inks i got rid of my lexmark because i could save money in long run.

      gavin

     

     

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