Getting nowhere fast on setting up some changes to my LAN at the casa.
History: have all Dell units; desktop running XP w/SP2; laptop running Windows ME; and a recently disabled older desktop running W98. The whole shebang wuz dis-assembled while Cheryl wuz having the casa re-carpeted. Just prior to that fun and entertaining event
; the Dell A920 printer blew a gasket (actually broke the ink cartridge carrier/holder), to which Dell's answer wuz "buy a new printer"! So I did - an HP All-in-one wireless, with Photosmart system.
Casa arrangement: (1) cable entry to the casa, only for computering,to a Cable modem, which feeds into a Linksys Wireless B router. Out of the router goes a cable to the XP Desktop. This arrangement let me use the old printer, in addition to a SkyPe phone program w/headset-mic, and a camera dump when I 'ocassionally' took a good enough picture to retain. (2) The downstairs laptop, used primarily by Cheryl for at-leisure shopping and buying, has a wireless adaptor card that talks to the upstairs router. All is good --- except, now that I don't have the old USB port-connected printer, I can't print nuttin'. I used the HP set-up/install CD, and when all the procedure wuz finished, wuz told to remove the USB wire, and run a test to see if the PC can find the printer --- it couldn't! So, I got to thinkin' that since the old printer wuz USB-ported, the PC prolly doesn't have a wireless adaptor attached. It doesn't, and there isn't one internally.
So, my question: can I remove the existing router-to-PC USB connection and install the wireless adaptor on the PC as a replacement, so that the PC can talk to the router like the laptop does; and the printer can work from both?
Sorry for the long post - I'm computer illiterate, as you can tell, and not always sure I've provided the right terms and described the situation clearly. A PM or two is encouraged so the message lists aren't bored with this!! Thanks in advance.