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connecting printer thru router

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A friend of mine has a printer he wants to connect to.
It is now connected to a desktop computer and the desktop is connected to his router. What he wants to do is eliminate the desktop but still be able to access the printer from his laptop which is on the ether net via cat5.
My question is, what would he need to connect the printer to the network without going thru the desktop. The printer does not have an ethernet jack but it does have usb and the router does not. Router is cat5 or wireless only.
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In order to do that you need to be able to connect the printer to the network. You can use a device like the HP jetdirect or a firewall/router like the SMC 7004ABR which has a parallel port on it. There are also other devices out there like that.

Some examples:

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