So, due to the fact I live in the middle of nowhere I have this Virgin Mobile (Sprint) 3G HotSpot that will connect up to 5 devices. I have 4 connected now. On one of the 4 computers, I have a USB/Ethernet printer connected to it, shared with CUPS server, over to the other 3 computers. Problem is, I have to turn this computer on every time I want to print something.. is a pain. I came up with these two ideas… but I am not sure if it will work.
First, since I know the HotSpot works as a USB modem as well, could I somehow get the USB internet connection to a Ethernet LINKSYS wireless router running DD-WRT firmware? The LINKSYS router doesn't have a USB port on it, so I would have to get the USB to Ethernet some how.. Then I could plug the printer in the LINKSYS router via Ethernet.
Secondly, would it possible to get some sort of small wireless to Ethernet card that I could plug the printer's Ethernet into and the card and it would connect the printer to the wireless network that way?