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Old 05-04-2011, 09:40 PM   #1
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I currently have my laptop configured with a Comcast modem and wireless router. Though the router is only feet away, I'm thinking I might have higher speeds and better performance if I wire the computer directly to the cable modem via a Cat 7 cable.
My question...I use a wireless printer in a different room.
Will I have to move the printer and connect it via a cable also?
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Old 05-04-2011, 09:46 PM   #2
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Shouldn't have to. The wired computer will transmit the signal to the wireless printer as long as it is configured correctly.

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Run the setup software and it should give you the option to reconfigure it.
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I've got a similar setup at my house and it shouldn't matter if you're hard wired or wireless into your network. My laptop is using my WiFi whereas my desktop is hard wired and both print with no issues to my wireless printer.
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I currently have my laptop configured with a Comcast modem and wireless router. Though the router is only feet away, I'm thinking I might have higher speeds and better performance if I wire the computer directly to the cable modem via a Cat 7 cable.
My question...I use a wireless printer in a different room.
Will I have to move the printer and connect it via a cable also?
Thanks.
wired connections are generally faster and more stable, so if it's easy then go for it.
as for the printer, the computer should still be able to see it whether it's hooked up to the router by a wire or not.
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Though the router is only feet away, I'm thinking I might have higher speeds and better performance if I wire the computer directly to the cable modem via a Cat 7 cable.
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If you plug the computer directly into the MODEM you probably be on a different sub net and you won't even see your printer.

You want to plug your laptop directly into the router.

Your transfer rate will be wayyy higher when its plugged in, but web browsing and printing won't be all that noticeable.

Where are you getting Cat7 cable? I have yet to see it at a retail level.
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Got a 14' and 3' at Amazon...
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So, plug my laptop into the router and not the modem?
Seems like putting the connection through another piece of hardware would defeat the purpose...no?
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Plug your Modem cable into the router jack which will be named wan, up-link or Internet... It will be separate from every other jacks you have there. After connecting the cable, be sure to power on and off the modem to make sure your router recognizes it.

Then use this "http://192.168.1.1" to get into router settings the box will popup leave the name blank and your password will be admin, be sure to change that and give a nice password, so you don't get jacked.
Then follow the setup instructions.

Then you will need to set up your network so your PC will communicate with laptop and your printer and vise versa.
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So, plug my laptop into the router and not the modem?
Seems like putting the connection through another piece of hardware would defeat the purpose...no?
Do you have a Comcast Modem or Modem Router?

You have to have them on the same sub net if you want it to ever work.
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I have a Comcast modem and Comcast router. They are sitting right next to each other. The laptop is only a few feet away and the printer is two rooms away. I just thought I could better my connection with a good cable running directly from the modem to the laptop. Was concerned that I wouldn't be able to use wireless printing.
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Windows 7 will most likely work out of the box and recognize the printer using the drivers already included and shipped with the OS.
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I'm still in the dark ages and using XP. Had it for a few years now...printer is 6 months old.
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Plug the modem into the router and hook everything up to the router so its on the same subnet. Then everything will work.

If it doesn't throw that POS comcast router in the trash and get a real router.
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Cables came yesterday. Plugged the modem into the laptop and everything works fine. The printer works fine.
I did one of those speedtests and came up with 22mbps. I don't know if the test is reliable, but according to the site, that's pretty fast.
Thanks for the help.
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And here you were all worried over nothing.
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And here you were all worried over nothing.
Yup. Back in the day, I'd stay up all night getting into the "brains" of the computer...change things around, etc. Technology has passed me and I tend to get a little nervous if I have to do too much technical stuff. Plug and play be me.
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Plug and play is great!! Until it isn't. Then you are fighting the computer for control.

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