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Can I wirelessly network my HP Officejet J5780 printer?

I tried to connect it to my network, and it does not work. Is there a compatible print server available? Or, can I get an adaptor that will connect the USB port to the ethernet?

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  • patrickq Jan 05, 2009

    Thanks. I am trying to use my printer wirelessly with my laptop, which is the only computer I have. Is this possible? How can I choose the correct print server, if I go that route? Thanks.

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What you are saying will not work . The J5780 only connects with a USB. It does not have a J45 connection. So to play with the "built in network server" would do nothing. You would have to have some way to convert the USB to a J45 so he could hook it to his Wireless Router. His only alternative is to hook it to another computer that is used as a Wireless Slave that is shared or to get a print server. Hower, Belkin does make a wireless USB Hub that converts 5 USB's to J45 and can be hooked to you Wireless Router. It also has a built in Print Server. You can take this device and instead of hooking it J45 to the Router you can hook it to a linksys Bridge and now the USB HUB from Belkin becomes completely wireless. And has a Print server to boot! The model number are Belkin "Network USB Hub" and the Linksys WET54G.
Since the Hub connects to the USB devices and then converts them to a J45, to link to a network you can hook it to the llinksys device and convert it to a wireless network usb hub. It also has a print server built in.
It works. I own the same printer all in one and if you search on the internet you can pick up both devices on the cheap.

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First, since this has a built in network server, you should try to get it going. My reasoning is if you cant get the built -in server to work you will really have problems with a third party device.

So I would first visit www.hp.com go to drivers and downloads and get the applicable software and retry the installation.

Now if you are looking for a simpler route, connect the printer to a PC via USB. then right-click on the printer in "printers" in the control panel. you should see the Sharing option. do this, enable sharing and give it a name.

Now from the networked PC you wish to also use, go to add printer wizard in control panel. Choose the Networked option and let windows browse for the printer. If found select it and it should self install. Of course this method requires the Host computer to remain on for printing to occur.

And finally if all else fails you CAN get network print servers. They are a bit testy in some cases and should only be used when no other option is available.

Good Luck!

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Use STARTECH usb b to usb a adapter with the STARTECH compact usb to fast ethernet adapter, and then your ehternet cable to router. seems very simple to me with no extra hardware to install or get in the way. all these items can be found on ecost.com for the lowest prices i've ever seen. part #"s 2515029 and 47115788 respectively. you can even get ethernet cables and a whole lot of other stuff on there. nothing but happy with ecost.com.

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