I use an old 800 mhz /512 ram box that i built years ago. It has 2 120 gb drives, printer etc all shared using windows file sharing. I backup to the drives, print from it, and found it to be the cheapest solution so far. GL
As with any rent to own scenario your going to pay too much than if you saved your money and paid cash. I recommend purchasing a used laptop from a friend or pawn broker, even ebay, while saving your money to purchase one new. Just be well informed and shop around. GL
One of the first things you should do is connect to your router thru cat5 ethernet. Your router should be preprogrammed with a web interface for configuring. ie, 192.168.1.1 (linksys) You may have to enable the wireless side or turn on the SSID broadcast. There could also be an issue with the encryption. Since your unable to see the wireless signal, I bet its a config problem in your router.
Wireless networking is a long way from where home networking was 15 years ago. To network computers in your house you had to get a hub, 10 base T.. 10mbps in 1 direction at a time!, not full duplex. Then you had to have a computer running as a dhcp and routing data.
you can still share files, google for share folder, its just that over a wireless network it will be slow
edit: I backup wirelessly to a folder that is shared on my network. not as fast as a connected ub 2.0 drive.
more like the speed of an old 10 base t network.
the $10 lexmark doesnt come with ink, big sticker on outside of box. The unit that comes with ink? $30. Cost of #17 ink? $20.
I would just refuse to purchase HP printers. Start to look for a replacemnt. Email the HP see what thier standpoint is on the issue. Let them know yours.
by word of law: the design is property of HP. They carry the perpetual rights and if they say someone cant refil it, then its thier choice. But as a consumer, I would NOT deal with such a company. The only legal way to circumvernt such actions is to band together and boycot thier products. You would be suprised how quick they change thier tune. Personally im tired of purchasing a $10 printer that takes $30 ink.
1 gig Attache drive for transporting data.
40 gig WD password for portable (I rarely carry my laptop, just this drive, it has all my data on it, I work near computers all day and just need to plug this drive in.
120 gig 3.5" maxtor in generic enclosure for hard core backing up (not needed much anymore)
Since I DO have a desktop, I backup to a network share.
IMO: you should get an external drive to backup to