Ask Ubuntu is a question and answer site for Ubuntu users and developers. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

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: 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

share|improve this question
You also might find answers to the following question helpful:… – Takkat Oct 11 '13 at 12:53

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.

share|improve this answer
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

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.