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  • I understand that Windows Live One Care does not allow wireless printers on a network.  What about an Ad Hoc wireless printer that is attached to a specific PC?  This would be the rf analog of a USB connection.

    Tuesday, August 5, 2008 11:35 PM

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  • If you mean that you wish to use Windows Live OneCare Printer Sharing to share an attached printer to your Circle and that attached printer is connected via wireless USB, yes, this should theoretically work unless that USB connection is a virtual USB connection, actually communicating via 802.11b/g/n in Ad-Hoc mode. If it is the latter, then you'd need to use Windows File and Printer Sharing to share out the printer and configure the OneCare firewall to allow it.

    -steve

     

    Wednesday, August 6, 2008 7:17 PM
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  • If you mean that you wish to use Windows Live OneCare Printer Sharing to share an attached printer to your Circle and that attached printer is connected via wireless USB, yes, this should theoretically work unless that USB connection is a virtual USB connection, actually communicating via 802.11b/g/n in Ad-Hoc mode. If it is the latter, then you'd need to use Windows File and Printer Sharing to share out the printer and configure the OneCare firewall to allow it.

    -steve

     

    Wednesday, August 6, 2008 7:17 PM
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  • Well,  I am gaining a bit more understanding.  It seems that the HP J6450 can operate in an Ad Hoc mode but  that seems to require my laptop wireless functioning "off-net" somehow.  I could not determine how to configure the laptop to operate Ad Hoc to the printer and also be on the Wi-Fi network.

     

    BTW, HP claims there is no problem in using the J6450 with Live OneCare - not my experience so far!

    - Gary

    Thursday, August 7, 2008 3:23 AM
  • How is the printer currently connected to your setup? And how many PCs, what operating systems, 32 bit/64 bit, etc.?

    Assuming the printer is locally connected to a PC in your circle and all PCs in the Circle are the same OS level (32 bit vs. 64 bit) OneCare should be able to share the printer for you. If you have a wired desktop PC with the printer attached to it via USB and another PC that is wirelessly connected, try the following to enable File and Printer Sharing (not OneCare's Printer Sharing - you will also have to manually share the printer via Printer properties on one PC and install it as a network printer on the other PC or PCs):

    Open OneCare on each of the computers.

    Click Change Settings

    On the firewall tab, click configure firewall

    If the network is shown as Public, click Change Location to change it to "Home or Work."

    Click the Advanced Settings button

    Click Network connections tab.

    If there are multiple active connections shown, you may need to disable the extras in your Windows network connections settings. (Network and Sharing Center, manage connections, in Vista; Right click My Network Places and select Properties on the Start menu in XP)

    On the Ports and Protocols tab, add a check mark next to File and Printer Sharing - for subnet and Internet if the first setting alone (after all of the above are verified) does not allow Sharing to work.

    If all of the above fail, please contact support.

    How to reach support (FAQ) - http://forums.microsoft.com/WindowsOneCare/ShowPost.aspx?PostID=2421771&SiteID=2

     

    -steve

     

    Thursday, August 7, 2008 7:11 PM
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  • (Sorry to belabor the point but I've a home office and I want to put this new printer on a shelf without having to run a cable to it.)

     

    The desired configuration is no hard cable to the printer, wireless only.

     

    I'm asking HP if I can make a Bluetooth connection from the printer to the laptop.  The printer does NOT have Bluetooth built in but perhaps I can use a USB-to-Bluetooth dongle.

     

    We'll see.....

     

    Gary

    Thursday, August 7, 2008 11:16 PM
  • If the printer is advertised as a network printer (didn't look up the model) and has the ability to attach to your network via WiFi, you don't need bluetooth, you just can't share that printer using OneCare's printer sharing feature. You can share it with Windows File and Printer sharing. If the printer does not have the ability to attach to a network and can only connect to a PC in Ad-hoc wireless mode, then you can purchase a wireless print server to perform this function for the printer. Basically, it is a small box that site next to the printer after being configured to be connected to your network via WiFi. The printer is attached to the print server via USB. You would then configure each of your computers to use this printer per the instructions provided by the print server manufacturer. In some cases, you might need to configure the firewall to allow the print driver or printer program to access the network.

    -steve

    Friday, August 8, 2008 4:30 PM
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