[ubuntu-uk] Wireless print server or wireless printer

Barry Titterton barry.titterton at mail.adsl4less.com
Sun Jan 9 21:10:03 UTC 2011

On Sun, 2011-01-09 at 02:55 +0000, Rob Beard wrote:
> Hi folks,
> I wonder if anyone could advise me on something...
> I've offered to setup two old basic laptops running Ubuntu (not sure 
> which flavor yet) for a local children's group so the kids can do simple 
> drawings on Tuxpaint and play with basic educational games etc.
> What I'd like to do to make things simple for the staff is to get either 
> a wireless printer or a wireless print server with a USB port so that 
> these two laptops can print to it.
> There isn't going to be any other wireless networks where the laptops 
> will be used (so I guess it would need to be an adhoc network) and I 
> just want them to be able to plug in the laptops and printer and print, 
> then be able to disconnect it all and put it away at the end of a session.
> I've not got much experience with wireless printers (I've only set one 
> expensive looking HP one up for someone on a Mac and Windows) but I've 
> got reasonably good experience of setting up network printers on Ubuntu 
> (HP and Lexmark printers) and I'm wondering if anyone could either 
> suggest a budget inkjet printer with wireless (the cheaper the better) 
> or a wireless to USB print server which is known to work with Linux?
> Ta,
> Rob
I would suggest that you avoid the HP F4580 all-in-one
printer/scanner/copier. I own one and its wireless performance is poor,
both with Ubuntu and windows. You may see it advertised suspiciously
cheap in some stores, and now you know why.


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