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Network printer - no network

I have a network only MFP printer (No Parallel, serial, or USB connection, just network plug (RJ45 I think). It used to be aon a windows 2003 network and worked great. My environment is now changed. I access the internet through a network router but am not a member of that network. I want to be able to use this printer with my PC, but am at a loss as to how to create a network environment where this is possible. any ideas as to what I can do. - Thanks

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If you are no longer on that network that the printer is on and you can' t configure the router, setting up this printer will be next to impossible. If you know the network administrator, you might be able to work something out with the IT department if you explain you need it for a work related function

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