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I've been wanting to be able to print through an HP PSC 1315 printer over wifi (printer has no wifi; it works with usb!). So I just was thinking about connecting a wifi dongle to it. Would that be possible solution?

I've just read this: http://www.linux-magazine.com/Online/Features/AirPrint but I am not sure (1) if this is relevant to my situation and (2) whether this could work without an always running machine.

Hope you could help me out on this. Thanks

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You also might find answers to the following question helpful: askubuntu.com/questions/19694/… –  Takkat Oct 11 '13 at 12:53

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It sounds like you're suggesting plugging a wifi dongle into the USB port of a printer. This won't work as you'll need a USB host port to accept the dongle (and the printer will need to know how to use it). No. No go.

However you can buy little wireless print-servers that are intended to do what you're suggesting. They're actually little Linux boxes that connect to the printer and the network.

Here's one: Edimax PS-1206U for a snitch over £22


Connecting it to a computer and sharing it is an option but, as you've already worked out, that requires you leave your computer on all the time. That's going to use a lot more power than a little RISC 0.5A box.

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For the first option, it will still need to be connected by wire, right? What if (for the 2nd option) I want it connected to only one computer? For example, what If I wanted it to use it only for a particular computer and not always turned on? Is there a possible wireless connection? –  user10853 Oct 11 '13 at 12:53
    
Some of those boxes (including the one I linked to) have USB-A female host ports, some have USB-B male ports so you plug it directly into the back of the printer... I would imagine the first is better as some USB-B Female ports on printers are quite obstructed. I imagine they also have separate power supplies. –  Oli Oct 11 '13 at 13:06
    
The second option is always going to require the computer it's connected to to be turned on. –  Oli Oct 11 '13 at 13:07

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