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Old 05-03-2013, 04:46 PM
 
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If you have a wifi printer, wifi router, and desktop computer -

If you want to print a document from a wifi device (like a phone), does the doc go to the wifi router and then the wifi printer, or does it go directly to the wifi printer?

This is a Windows question - Apple might have a different way of doing it.
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Old 05-03-2013, 04:52 PM
 
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Assuming you're not using an ad-hoc network, each device (printer, PC, phone, etc) has a connection to the router. It doesn't matter if you're using wireless or wired. All network traffic run through the router.
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Old 05-03-2013, 05:50 PM
 
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If you have a wifi printer, wifi router, and desktop computer -

If you want to print a document from a wifi device (like a phone), does the doc go to the wifi router and then the wifi printer, or does it go directly to the wifi printer?

This is a Windows question - Apple might have a different way of doing it.
This is a networking concept, which has little to do with the Operating system or even the application. But what Escape said... everything goes to the router (assuming an infrastructure network vs. ad hoc). Logically, if you're wired, both the printer and the device is connected to the router (technically, its a switch, but that's a different story) with cables. In wifi.. the data is passed through the air, but the connection is still managed through the router/switch.
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Old 05-03-2013, 10:24 PM
 
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FYI: If you're printing from a device like a phone and are using mobile printing software (such as HP ePrint), you do not need to connect your phone to the Wifi router. When you print from your phone, the print job travels through the internet to your printer. So your phone can be connected to the internet using any network (including it's own data network) and you can print from virtually anywhere (ePrint can work from laptops and other devices as well).

If you are printing on a home network, then everything goes through the router as Escape indicated.
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Old 05-03-2013, 10:37 PM
 
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FYI: If you're printing from a device like a phone and are using mobile printing software (such as HP ePrint), you do not need to connect your phone to the Wifi router. When you print from your phone, the print job travels through the internet to your printer. So your phone can be connected to the internet using any network (including it's own data network) and you can print from virtually anywhere (ePrint can work from laptops and other devices as well).

If you are printing on a home network, then everything goes through the router as Escape indicated.
ePrint gives your printer an email address. Any files sent to that address get printed. If you want to use the native print function in iOS (which I believe uses Bonjour) you'll need to be on the same LAN as the printer.
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Old 05-04-2013, 03:32 PM
 
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FYI: If you're printing from a device like a phone and are using mobile printing software (such as HP ePrint), you do not need to connect your phone to the Wifi router. When you print from your phone, the print job travels through the internet to your printer. So your phone can be connected to the internet using any network (including it's own data network) and you can print from virtually anywhere (ePrint can work from laptops and other devices as well).
but how would the printer receive the email, without accessing an internet router?
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Old 05-04-2013, 03:36 PM
 
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but how would the printer receive the email, without accessing an internet router?
With ePrint, the printer relies on the router. The phone does not.
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Old 05-04-2013, 03:36 PM
 
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but how would the printer receive the email, without accessing an internet router?
The printer has to be connected to the Internet.
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Old 05-04-2013, 03:37 PM
 
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OK, I misunderstood. And thanks to all.
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