I have a PC upstairs and a laptop downstairs. My current printer is upstairs and connected to the PC. I can access it on my home network (using broadband router) from the laptop as long as the PC is on. I need to buy a new printer and would like to get a wireless one so that I can bypass the PC if I want to. How would this connect to the pc upstairs? I understand how it works with the laptop but am a by confused about the PC!! Thanks :)
The problem will be if you can mix a wireless connection with a wired connection.
If the printer is advertised as a network printer then you should be ok - however you will probably have a problem connecting the printer using both wired and wireless at the same time if that's what you have in mind. So stick to one method and you shold be OK.
An afterthought - have you considered using a Homeplug system instead? Assuming you get a network printer you could try this which uses the mains wiring in your house as a network - just plug one in for the modem/router and one each for yoour other PCs and you can have a faster than wireless connection anywhere in your home.
This is the spec for the printer if it helps! USB: Hi-Speed USB - Compatible with USB 2.0 specification Wi-Fi: Wireless LAN IEEE 802.11b/g - compatible with 802.11n Ethernet: Wired LAN IEEE 802.3 (100BASE-TX, 10BASE-T)