thanx guys...that was very helpful...now my next question is: im using broadband to connect to the internet and im using multifunction printer.what do i need to connect my upgraded wireless laptop to broadband and the printer wirelessly?? sorry if sound stupid but im not very familiar with networking.
paul...u r a star..im using usb adsl modem and i would like to get rid of all the wires.im also using hp 2410 multifunction printer and i would love to connect it wirelessly...what about a router with a modem all in one?and what is the cheapest way to set this up?im planning to buy the hardware from ebay so there is no chance of refund if i get it wrong...thanx
To connect a printer to router: the router must have a parallel or USB port on it to allow the printer to connect.
I haven't yet seen a combination of ADSL modem, wireless router and print server all in one box yet.
You can might be able to buy a separate ADSL ethernet modem AND a router that is wireless, firewalled and has a print server. However I think these will be a tad expensive
I think the first options I suggested would be cheaper. The linksys I linked to is an all in one for adsl modem, wireless and wired router (allows for expansion) and firewall.
The wireless printer option is also a possibility if you cannot have the router and printer in the same place.
Just checked your printer and you'll need a USB print server. click here This was the cheapest I could find. Simple connect it to the linksys one I mentioned (would be via a network cable thought). The wireless print server is slightly more but smaller and one less wire!
As for ebay buying you could get a bargain or a dud, Good Luck!!
As Tomjerry pointed out it all depends on how you would like to work.
I'm guessing that you only have the laptop and printer, no other computers.
If you would like to print to it wirelessly then get the print server (but do check compatibility) also HP sell a pricy adapter (~£120) that allows most HP printers (but again check compatibilty) to connect via network cable to a router and appear as a networked printer.
OR if you don't mind connecting to the printer by cable to print then you can save yourself £50 odd quid.
thanx for the ideas...im thinking of upgrading to hp 2510 printer which has wireless fux built in and i think this will abolish the need to the router and all will ineed then will be the wireless modem...how about that?