Dec 15, 2007 - 07:45 AM
I'm not sure how bluetooth comes into play with regards to a wireless router unless one of the following scenarios are true:
B1. either the laptop or printer is using a bluetooth device to act as a wireless network adaptor.
B2. the laptop is connected to the printer via bluetooth instead of wireless.
ignoring bluetooth altogether, every wireless printer I've come across supports AD-HOC networks. this means that the computer can communicate directly with the printer via wireless. the one drawback, and it's a big one, is that you have no internet connectivity while connected to the printer. This is why the router is necessary, it sounds like the impatient customer is insisting on wirelessly printing to a printer 6" from the computer. Who are we to judge, lets just give the baby his bottle.
If both the printer and the laptop can communicate via bluetooth, then scenario B2 mentioned in the beginning is ideal for you with the exception that you want to add more computers to the mix. If you want to add more computers, then you'll have to make sure they have blutooth capabilities which is less common than wireless hardware. Even though it's overkill, the original setup is a best practice approach where a router will allow any computer that connects (wireless or wired) to it to both use the printer and surf the internet.
That said, first pick the type of connection you want to use:
C1. Wireless with router
C2. Wireless without router
C3. Bluetooth connection
While I don't know the specific printer model, all networkable I've seen follow the same process flows with the exception of corporate printers which still follow the same reasoning, but have some nice additional shortcuts.
C1. establish communications between both devices and the router. simply put, you want to make sure that the laptop and printer are both connected to the router via wireless or wired connections. if the printer is connected to the router via ethernet, you usually don't have to do anything. For wireless solutions, you need to use the panel on the printer and muddle through connecting to the wireless network. You should be able to print a configuration page which will show the printer's IP address. If you can ping the address from the computer, you're golden. After both are connected to the router, run the setup software.
C2. again, we're establishing connectivity, but without the router, so turn it off for now since it screws up things. Power off and then turn the printer back on. using the consol on the printer, make sure the wireless is on. then from the computer, view available wireless networks. the printer should show up as a computer to computer connection. connect to it, and then run the setup software.
C3. Bluetooth connectivity, reply if you want to go this route, but be warned, this can be a real pain.
Dec 15, 2007 - 07:58 AM