How to connect a wireless printer to my laptop?
Not much an expert with computers and network devices...
I have wireless Internet access through Verizon. They have supplied me with a Samsung 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot SCH-LC11 modem. My laptop detects it when it is on and connects to it in a wireless manner.
I now would like to purchase a wireless printer and set things up such that I can print from my laptop. I guess I could set up a wired connection between my laptop and the printer using a USB cable, but I would prefer being able to keep everything wireless.
So, what I do not understand is whether I can use the Samsung modem as a wireless router and print through it. If so, how do I do that? The SCH-LC11 user guide has no instructions on how to do it.
If it cannot be done, I guess I would have to purchase a real router, right? If that is the case, how would I get the Samsung modem and the router to talk to each other? Can it be done in a wireless manner, or do I have to use some sort of cable between the two? I am thinking it must be done wirelessly as the SCH-LC11 has no Ethernet port, so how could I possibly set up a wired connection between it and the router??
Or maybe there is something that I need to set up in my laptop (through Windows 7 Home Premium) such that it detects the wireless printer without the help of a router??
I need your help!
Thanks in advance.
Wrong question - Correct replies - Miracle?
No, just advances in software development.
You don't connect the printer wirelessly to the laptop, you connect the printer to the wireless network!
Most installers for "wireless" printer drivers will ask for the kind of connection (wireless, USB, networs a.s.o.).
Good installer software will read the network security key on your laptop and instruct you on how to proceed.
Modern printers will connect via Wi-Fi several ways
I recently installed new Wi-Fi printers into three small offices (HP Officejet Pro 8600, which is similar to your model). I had to study the instructions and owner's manual considerably, because they were not well written. I think there are 5 different ways to connect to the printer and configure features.
I agree with the other posters that if you want the printer's features, you should either connect by USB or Ethernet, or get yourself a Wi-Fi router. Note that you can't connect both wirelessly and by wire at the same time.
My printers would connect to whatever router I had via Wi-Fi. In that mode, they had software that helped git 'er done quite easily. They will also accept an "ad hoc" Wi-Fi interface from another device, such as a cell phone with Wi-Fi. In these cases, the phone could send a document to print and it worked fine.
These printers even had their own email address on the @hpeprint.com domain. Anyone with permission can send a print job in via an email attachment from any Internet-connected computer. That works fairly well (for certain file types), too.
Simillar to a router, these printers have their own web interface that can be accesses from the network by entering the printer's network IP address into a local computer's web browser. The web interface also had a way to accept print jobs and do scanning!
My challenge was setting up connections so that various local computers could scan on the all-in-one printers and receive the scanned document (In other words, flow information the opposite direction than with a print job). I think your printer can do that. I was successful in all cases except if a Windows PC had multiple windows user accounts.
The "ad hoc" Wi-Fi interface will not send scans from the printer to the phone or device.
My overall impression is that this new generation of HP office printers have built-in smarts to allow several means of connecting, but that HP's software is not well integrated yet to guide one through the setup--and the documentation needs to be re-written.