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Old 07-30-2010, 10:50 PM
 
Location: WA
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I have 2 laptops, both with wi-fi. No home network, just a sprint usb device for online access. If I buy a wireless printer, can I connect to it from both computers quickly and easily (when time to print), or must I have a home network that they can all connect to? I dont want to have to pay for a wireless printer unless I have to; if it will work without a home network AND it saves the hassel of sharing the printer cord.

Thanks for the help.
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Old 07-31-2010, 01:55 AM
 
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Come on people!! Please help me out! I have received opposite answers today about this, thoug cd would settel this for me!
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Old 07-31-2010, 09:18 AM
 
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Is the "Sprint USB device" perhaps a wireless router?

Can both of your laptops access the internet at the same time?
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Old 07-31-2010, 09:42 AM
 
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You would need to buy a wireless router and setup both computers to use that. You don't need to have internet through it but you need a wireless device for your computers and printer to talk to. I know they have wireless routers that allow you to use the sprint PC Cards so maybe they have them for the USB one as well and you can share the internet between both computers.
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Old 07-31-2010, 09:54 AM
 
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Like the previous poster said, you will need a wireless router to use your wireless printer with your two laptops.

The only other thing I can think of is if the printer has an Infrared Port (IR) and your laptops do as well. In this case, you will not need a router and you can print directly from your printers. You will need to be in close proximity to the printer however as IR does not travel far distances and through walls. That being said, I'm not sure if any laptop or printer manufacturers use IR anymore. HP used to have them on their professional laser and inkjet printers.
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Old 07-31-2010, 12:00 PM
 
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Before telling the OP the need a wireless router, they need to answer some questions about this "Sprint USB Device" they are using to connect to the internet with. Are they connecting to it wirelessly, then perhaps it is a router, they just don't know it.

Wireless printers do have the capability of ad-hoc connections.
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Old 07-31-2010, 11:49 PM
 
Location: WA
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Is the "Sprint USB device" perhaps a wireless router?

Can both of your laptops access the internet at the same time?
Thanks for the replies guys.

No. I can only plug it into one USB port on one computer at a time.

However I have been considering replacing that with a Sprint Overdrive 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot. This should do exactly what I need, I think.
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Old 07-31-2010, 11:59 PM
 
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I didn't think Sprint had a mobile hotspot but yes that should resolve your issue. It seems to be a configurable wifi device that supports 5 connections. A quick look seems to return favorable reviews so probably your best bet.
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Old 08-01-2010, 12:23 AM
 
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I think so.
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