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Hi People, I have an old Lexmark Optra T610 laser printer and would like to connect it to my new D-Link Xtreme N Gigabit router. The router has a USB port and according to some documentation I found online, a usb printer can be connected there for sharing.
I am not sure whether the router has a built-in printer server or whether it can accommodate my printer for sharing. I am trying to use the printer from my PC which does not have a wirless adapter.
I have installed the driver and the printer on my PC while the printer is connected to the usb port on the router. The icon has a green tick next to it which shows that it is installed ok but I still cant print a test page nor any other text file.
Can anyone advise on whether I can connect the laser printer to the router for sharing (wired) and how I can go about setting up the printer to work, or do I have to purchase a wireless card for my pc to connect wirelessly?.
I am using win7 32bit. Thanks

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i'd plug it into the pc first to see if it works at all.

because older printers often do not work at all with win 7 as there are no drivers for win 7.

xp printer drivers absolutely will not work.

i tried to browse to support.lexmark.com to see if there's a win 7 driver there for that printer, but the page won't display... check there for drivers, if not... sorry...

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Thanks for your response. Yes the lexmark printer works from my pc as when I clicked the update lexmark drivers in the device manager, win 7 found and installed the correct driver. I guess I should have searched the router disk before posting questions as I found a program called share port utility that has to be installed on each computer that will use the usb share. I have not yet cpmpleted the setup but will post the results later for anyones perusal.

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I installed the usb share utility and it worked. The only problem is that there is also a mac on the other side of the room that needs the printer as well, and due to the ommission of a mac utilty I will have to wait until d-link makes a driver or beta available. Only found this out after I had bought the router. Maybe I will get it right next time but for all ms windows pc's, it should work fine. I am marking the post as solved. Thanks for your help everyone.

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