04-08-2019 10:51 PM
This is probably a silly question, but - - - - - - -
I have a MX459 printer. It was hardwire connected to a desktop computer and then several of us in the house are connected to it wirelessly. We just today disconnected the desktop because we don't use it at all. We all have chromebooks or laptops. Anyway, does the printer have to be connected to a computer (wired) in order for others to connect to it wirelessly? I was hoping to just have the computer plugged into the wall, but didn't think about it having to be connected to a computer. Anyone able to answer this silly question? Thank you in advance!!
04-09-2019 10:01 AM - edited 04-09-2019 10:08 AM
This depends. The description of your environment is a bit vague and the terminolgy unclear.
The printer does have a webserver, If enabled, wireless devices can print to it directly using AirPrint (apple or PC) or Cloud Print (Android / Google equipment).
To utilize all of the printers capabilities, I'd connect it to your network. This way any device that connects to your network (wired or wireless) will also have the ability to print. If you don't do this, some of your devices may have to disconnect from one network in order to connect directly to the printer and print. Not true in every situation. Having all devices connected to the same network means any device can find and use the printer since all will be on the same network. Hope this helps.
04-09-2019 11:00 AM
To be more clear, I am just asking if the printer HAS to be connected to a computer in order for other computers to connect wirelessly? I want to get rid of my desktop and just connect other devices wirelessly to it, but can't figure out if that is possible.
Thanks for your help!
04-09-2019 11:18 AM
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04-15-2019 03:34 PM
So long as the printer is connected to your network, it does not have to be connected to a computer by a hardwire. If you disconnect the printer from the computer and by some chance you do lose your connection, please click HERE and follow the steps to connect the printer to your network using the standard setup.
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