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By rovoco ·
My client is using a US Robotics MAXg wireless router, USR5461, to access the Internet from three laptops, all running Windows XP. Router is connected to a DSL modem and works fine in this mode. This seems to be a solid piece of gear.

The router has a USB port which allows it to act as a print server. The printer is an HP LaserJet 1020, which works fine as a local printer on all three laptops, but will not print when connected to the router. Have followed US Robotics' print server instructions and have tried every Windows printer setting combo there is with no luck. The
router states that the printer is connected and ready, so it appears that this is a Windows XP problem. Wireless signal strenth is "excellent."
On installation of the HP 1020, I noticed that the drivers were not "signed" by Microsoft. Is this the source of the problem? Could updated drivers from HP solve this? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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by robo_dev In reply to Wireless Print Server Pro ...

The HP1020 is a GDI printer. GDI printers (Windows GDI = Graphical Device Interface) will not work on a USB print server. This printer is what is called a "host-based printer": Host-based printers rely on the computer's CPU to do the rasterization of the pages.

taking out the intense processing that rasterization requires cuts costs. I have the same issue at home with a Hp 1000 and my d-link print server.

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by rovoco In reply to

I did not realize there were some HP printers that were host
based printers! Why don't they tell you this on the box, or on the CD? Man, I could have saved myself hours of hair pulling! Thanks for your fast response.

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