I've got a wireless network running that I'd like to add an HP printer that has an internal print server card. Is there a device (besides a PC or Notebook) that I could connect my printer to via straight through/cross over cable that will allow my printer to participate in my wireless LAN?
what model printer ? does it have an ethernet card ? if so, then a wireless ethernet bridge, like a Linksys WET11 or something like that. I have our TiVo and Xbox connected to it via a 5-port hub sitting in our family room.
If you've got a DSL router or AP that has an available RJ45 jack you can plug the printer's NIC card in there.
The HP printer server has a "LPRd" protocol built in (if it's less than 8 years old). This is a peer-peer print sharing protocol that eliminates the need to designate any specific computer as a print server.
All windows from 98 on can talk LPR protocol but the setup is different for every version. For W/98 you have to install hpjetadmin client software which can be hard to find these days. (I have mine!)
For XP it's easy but it's been a while since I did it. Run "add printer", pick network, Click on " connect to this printer" and put the IP number in the field.
You later mumble that your totally non-descript wireless LAN and unspecified model HP printer are two floors apart. My guess is that you've already tried wireless through these two floors and are having trouble. How close am I to guessing what you're not saying?
Alternatives to wireless that will do ethernet bridging:
Where is the AP - and are there users around it for wireless access ? Where is the printer - 2 floors away - and are there wireless users around that area ? Wondering how things are working wirelessly 2 floors away ? or if the printer is the ONLY thing being used, and it's 2 floors away... ie - everyone else is in the "other" location, and you just want to print to a "distant" printer..... 2 floors away ? ie - how's the wireless working while standing near the printer area ?