Linked by Howard Fosdick on Fri 23rd Nov 2012 14:03 UTC
In the News Hard to believe, but articles are popping up at business websites claiming that venerable Hewlett-Packard may fail. In their most recent fiasco, HP wrote off a loss of $8.8 of their $11.1 US billion acquisition of Autonomy and have alleged fraud in the deal. Revenue is down 7% from a year ago and the stock has hit a 10-year low. The company is laying off 27K employees but that may not be enough. Some speculate HP might be broken up into parts with buy-outs involved. This article from last May offers a good in-depth analysis of how all these problems came to pass.
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" And obviously that's going to limit where the printer can be located, since it needs to be near the router.

Not necessarily. A small Wi-Fi router that can connect to an existing network would do the job as well, and could be located wherever you want the printer to be.

Obviously doing it this way isn't for everyone, but it's the route I'd take

Yeah, that's basically the same setup I use as well. Though I don't usually recommend it for non-techies because if you have desktops or other computers connected to the wired network, they're not going to be able to connect to the printer (unless you setup the wireless router to act as a bridge instead of a gateway).

because when problems come up (and with Wi-Fi they inevitably will at some point) a second router is easier to diagnose than a printer that sometimes can't even display its error logs to you without a 500 mb HP driver loaded with bloatware.

Agreed. IME, a lot of the problems have to wifi routers trying to do too many things (AP, gateway, switch). It seems a bit silly to have a physically separate router, switch, and AP for just my small setup, but I've had exponentially fewer problems with that setup than when trying to use a single device for everything.

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