Make A USB Printer Wireless With A Print Server

Your home may be set up for wireless internet, streaming and file sharing, but try telling your printer that. If you're stuck lugging your laptop to a USB connection, a wireless print server may be a worthy purchase.

The ever-helpful Digital Inspiration blog lines up three of the most likely suspects available for purchase, costing between $US60-$US80. You can often find them cheaper, and slightly used, and some models, like the Netgear WGPS606, can also serve as a wired router for other non-wireless devices.

Why would you plunk down that much on a print server, when printers with built-in wireless will probably be $US50 in a year or two? Digital Inspiration has a few suggestions:

  • If your current printer is relatively new and you paid more than $US100 for it, then it may be more economical for you to simply purchase a wireless print server instead of purchasing an entirely new printer with the same features.
  • If a wireless printer in not available in your area, you can buy a regular USB based wired printer and get someone to ship you a wireless print server. This would incur less shipping costs than ordering a wireless printer.
  • Some wireless print servers can be used as wireless routers. If you do not have a wireless router at your place, you can opt for a wireless print server as it will not only turn your printer wireless but you also get to setup a wireless home network.

Now here's the real question. Have you found a wireless print server with more features or better functionality than what's posted at the link? Found another, cheaper solution to the last wire-required device in your house? Tell us all about it in the comments.

How to Turn your Wired Printer into a Wireless Printer [Digital Inspiration]


    It seems from the Netgear website that the WGPS606 doesn't exist any more, and no wireless print servers are listed.

    Another option here, no extra hardware required:

    we're building a server at home, being able to print from wherever is a good thing, but we'll also use the server to share documents (photos) and to be a centralised back up point. I'm also keen to have a computer that will always be on to use for home automation.

    i looked into setting up a print server in my house that didnt require to have a computer on and i looked into the options and in the end it wasnt worth the price so we just went out and bought an all in one brother printer, uses less ink then our old epson, and its got a scanner which sends the image to the computer and you can photocopy, its such a better system then a home print server as its all built in just for a little extra.

    Belkin Network USB Drive could do the same magic and bit more.Its got 4 usb ports to connect printers, scanners, ext hdd etc. The only issue being it needs to be paired with a wireless router.

    Could be a worth while option for wireless printing, file storage if you already own a wireless router.

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