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I have 6 computers in my house all wirelessly connected via WiFi which makes for a nice simple network with one exception. Sharing printers is never clean as I have avoided putting a WiFi print server up due to the added expense and maintenance hassles. What […]

hp_5850I have 6 computers in my house all wirelessly connected via WiFi which makes for a nice simple network with one exception. Sharing printers is never clean as I have avoided putting a WiFi print server up due to the added expense and maintenance hassles. What I’ve wanted was a cheap high quality inkjet printer that has built-in WiFi so it could hang right on the network and be shared by all. That wish is now a reality as HP is selling the Deskjet 5850 for $149 at Best Buy, OfficeMax, and several other retailers. The 5850 is a typical HP inkjet printer with pretty decent specs that offers photo printing and has integrated 802.11b. Simple setup and go, the way it should be. It will handle 5 computers wirelessly right out of the box. It also has both USB 2.0 connectivity and an RJ-45 jack for wired networks. So long print servers!

  1. Does this printer require that an existing network be set up to use it, or can it just be accessed by any of the computers using the one wifi access point?
    We have 3 laptops: two windows machines and one ibook all using a wifi router hooked up to Verizon Fios.
    Please help!
    Thanks!!

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  2. Nice..
    I Love Wifi

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