Originally Posted by berry120
I've never tried it before, the theory sounds ok but in practice there may be limitations that stop this from working. I think it'll depend on whether the access point will provide an IP address to something connected through the ethernet port or not (even if it's in repeater mode it might not necessarily work as expected.) Could you not just patch the printer straight into the router?
That said, if you've got all the equipment there already it's worth a try, let us know how it goes!
First of all, the router is a ZyXEL P-660R-D1 with only one ethernet connection. To wire the printer to the router would require a switch in between, with the router connected to one port and the AP for my wireless to another and the printer to a third.
This again would mean that I had to take my printer from the upstairs office and place it in the living room - and I find it hard to believe that the lady of the house would approve of this.
Since there is only a single phone jack in the house - and that is in the living room - the router has to be in the living room. To re-wire and setup more outlets is not an option because of the way the whole place is made. There is a lot of doors to pass which is hard with a piece of phone wire. Drilling a hole directly through the ceiling was also vetoed. Women do not appreciate the beauty of wire!
This leaves me with these facts:
1) I HAVE to somehow enhance the wireless signal upstairs to get better LAN transfer speed
2) Either there is some way to plug the printer into the network using the extra upstairs access point, or it just have to remain hooked up to the desktop via USB the way it is now.
I shall let you know how it turns out but it will be 14 days or so before I get a chance to mingle with it.