Thanks for responding ff103.
As I mentioned above, my printer does work with the usb cable, I just want to add the ability to use the wireless aspect of it.
As far as drivers are concerned, I chose the one of the ones in PCC for it, the HP Officejet Pro 8600, hpcups 3.12.9. I tried finding a driver from hp, but they referred me to http://hplipopensource.com
, where they want you to download hplip, which isn't necessary since I have it installed through synaptic.
I thought I'd try using Virtualbox with XP installed to try to use the installation cd that came with the printer. When the installer started, it told me to use keypad from printer to connect to my router. That was easy enough. After it was set up, my iphone saw the printer and printed. I set up a wireless printer in PCC and it worked with a test page. I then wanted to test whether it would work from another computer wirelessly over the internet, so I went back to my XP in Virtualbox and added a network computer, choosing to connect by internet, and putting in the following:http://AAA.AAA.A.AA:631/printers/B
Where the A's are the IP address of my COMPUTER, not the printer (my test page from printer showed a different IP address), and B is the name of your printer.
Printed a test page, and worked fine (made sure usb printer wasn't connected in virtualbox).
Lastly, ff103, I keep my printer on all the time, and after I reboot, the boxes about installing a printer driver still show up. Is it the other way around, perhaps?