Please help me! Wireless/printer issue

#1
Can you help? Until recently, my printer was connected to my PC via USB. I have just moved my PC into another room, but want to leave the printer in its original location and use it via wireless. The printer is located next to my BT router thingy, and I have connected the 2 together expecting with a cable. I thought my PC would see the printer when I went into add new printer - it doesn't. The PC can connect with the router via wireless so gets that far - any tips?
Many thanks
Mr A

PC - You will understand I am a luddite, so keep it simple if you are kind enough to answer!
 
#2
As one Luddite to another...

My solution was to buy a wireless printer.

edited to add:

When your printer runs out of ink, buy a wireless printer. It costs about the same as a set of ink cartridges.
 
#3
From memory. This should help if you are running XP or Vista.

Make sure you have a wireless printer. (Wi Fi or Bluetooth)
Switch the printer on.

Go to your PC.
1. Go to 'Start'
2. Go to 'Control panel'
3. Go to 'Hardware and sound"
4. Go to 'Printers'
5. On the toolbar click 'Add a printer'
6. Click the box 'Add a network, wireless or bluetooth printer'
7. Your PC will search for the printer.
8. When it finds it, click "OK"

Unlike my wireless printer, which has a touch screen pad, and I had to let the printer find the PC.
 
#4
First of all what operating system are you running?
On some older versions you need to setup a network before the printer will be recognised by your computer.
 
#5
Am I missing something?

You just can't connect any old printer to a router - does it have a ethernet connection? As you said USB, it makes me feel not...

What's the make & model of your printer?

You could probably get by with a hub between the two.
 
#6
You can use a wifi router with a usb connector to make it visible on a network, but will likely mean buying another box to plug into your existing router, unless that has a usb connector already. If that makes sense :eek:)
 
#7
check to see if yr printer has a static ip

if it has assign it via its mac address to your wireless router, if not assign one, else bin it

then look for the printer in your home network, once found you can print
 
#9
Thanks to everyone.
I am running Windows XP
The priner is a HP CP1515n Laser
It does have a socket for an ethernet cable
I have tried to add it via 'add a printer', but it doesnt find it

In summary - U have connected the printer to the BT Hub using a cable plugged into the hub and the ethernet post on my printer.
The PC is getting a connection to the hub via wireless but can't see the printer
 
#10
Thanks to everyone.
I am running Windows XP
The priner is a HP CP1515n Laser
It does have a socket for an ethernet cable
I have tried to add it via 'add a printer', but it doesnt find it

In summary - U have connected the printer to the BT Hub using a cable plugged into the hub and the ethernet post on my printer.
The PC is getting a connection to the hub via wireless but can't see the printer
My Doris works for HP, I'll get her to ask the boffins tomorrow how to do it, wait out.
 
#11
As I pointed out in post #3 you need to ensure that you have a wireless printer.

Looking at a HP website it appears that your particular model needs a wireless upgrade Kit.

"Get everything you need to print wirelessly with the HP Wireless Printing Upgrade Kit (Q6236A)"

link
 
#12
No promises, but give this a try:

Download and install "SoftPerfect Network Scanner" from SoftPerfect Network Scanner: fast and free network scanner

Run it

In the IP Range From field enter 192.168.1.1

In the IP Range To field enter 192.168.1.256

Click Start Scanning

This will produce a list of everything connected to your PC and, more importantly, to your your BT Hub

With luck, one of these things will be your printer.

Note its IP address (which will begin with 192.168 )

Now go Start > Settings > Printers and Faxes > Add Printer

Next

Choose the A network printer ... option

Next

Choose Connect to a printer on the Internet or on a home of office network

In the URL field, enter the IP address you noted earlier.

Next

Follow any further instructions.


Like I say, I'm not promising anything, but this has a chance of working!
 
#13
#14
If it’s an HP and on the network, and getting a good IP address, this should be verifiable by printing a configuration page, your IP address should be in the 192.168.x.x range; then use the HP Universal Print Driver (just go to HP site and search for it - it’s very prominent) - there are two 'modes' you can install it in standard or dynamic, dynamic is designed more for laptops that connect to all sorts of networks and will actively search for devices and try and find the closest (not always good at this but if yours is the only one on your subnet it should find it). If you choose the standard method, pick network and use the NetBIOS name (it will begin NPI and end with the 6 digits of the MAC address and will be shown on the configuration pages you printed to verify it’s got a good IP address. As it’s a Universal driver it will interrogate your printer to find out its abilities and build a driver accordingly, nice thing is – and it doesn’t apply in your case but with older printers that don’t have drivers that support Windows 7 64 – it makes its own so no worries about older stuff with newer Operating Systems.
 
#15
As I pointed out in post #3 you need to ensure that you have a wireless printer.

Looking at a HP website it appears that your particular model needs a wireless upgrade Kit.

"Get everything you need to print wirelessly with the HP Wireless Printing Upgrade Kit (Q6236A)"

link
I'm sorry for being blunt, but you're talking out of your arrse, the printer has an ethernet connection and he's connected via that.
 
#16
I'm sorry for being blunt, but you're talking out of your arrse, the printer has an ethernet connection and he's connected via that.
Ethernet connection? That's a wire isn't it?

Mmmm, hardly feckin wireless then is it. To be blunt.

The OP was asking for advice on a wireless connection. That's WiFi or Bluetooth. Isn't it?

More importantly where is the OP? Have they had a bash at some of the replies here?
 
#17
Ethernet connection? That's a wire isn't it?

Mmmm, hardly feckin wireless then is it. To be blunt.

The OP was asking for advice on a wireless connection. That's WiFi or Bluetooth. Isn't it?

More importantly where is the OP? Have they had a bash at some of the replies here?
Go back and read the original post. Carefully.
 
#18
Go back and read the original post. Carefully.
You mean this bit?

Can you help? Until recently, my printer was connected to my PC via USB. I have just moved my PC into another room, but want to leave the printer in its original location and use it via wireless. The printer is located next to my BT router thingy, and I have connected the 2 together expecting with a cable. I thought my PC would see the printer when I went into add new printer - it doesn't. The PC can connect with the router via wireless so gets that far - any tips?
Many thanks
Mr A

PC - You will understand I am a luddite, so keep it simple if you are kind enough to answer!
 
#19
Maybe the bit where he says "I have connected the 2 together expecting with a cable" In other words, he said he wanted to connect wirelessly, but has (wisely) gone for connecting direct to the router with an Ethernet cable.

Still leaves the question of getting his printer visible to his PC, just that he's eliminated one potential hassle by using a cable.

And as others have said ... does the OP still exist? Has he sorted it? There are millions of Arrsers who can't sleep at night for wondering ...
 
#20
Don't know if he's still alive but reading some of these suggestions was painful.

If I understand correctly what you want to do is network your printer so that you can use it wirelessly from your laptop.

1. If you printer is is not wireless, which its not, connect it via ethernet to your home router.

2. Ensure your printer has a valid I.P address from the same range as your P.C. To do this the easiest way would be to print off a configuration page. Press OK on the printer, use the arrow buttons or similar to navigate to reports and press OK. Again scroll through until you find Config report and press OK.

3. Look on the report, you should see the I.P address and Netmask of your printer e.g 192.168.1.10 255.255.255.0.
Check whether these have been assigned manually or through DHCP (Dynamically) if not assigned manually, you'll want to change that or you'll have problems finding your printer everytime it's assigned a new address by your router.

4. To set the address manually: Firstly if the Printer has an address already you can access it through your web browser. e.g. http://192.168.1.10. This should take you to a menu page where you can change the network settings manually. Ensure the address you choose is from the same range as your P.C. Open a command prompt on your P.C and type IPCONFIG, this will give you your p.c's info.

5. If you don't know the address of your printer, you'll have to assign one using the control panel of the printer.
Same script as before, press OK on the menu of your printer, scroll through until you find an option for network configs, look for TCP/IP settings or something similar, choose to set manually and assign your new address options.

6. Now that the printer is taken care of it should just be a case of adding a network printer on your P.C. Drivers should not be an issue as you've had the printer installed before, but keep the install disk for your printer handy just in case.

7. To add a network printer on XP: From your start menu or control panel choose printers and faxes. On the left of the screen choose to add a printer. This will open the add printer wizard. Now you'd think add network printer would be your next choice here, but what you actually wan't to choose is add Local Printer. Next choose option to create a new port. Type of port is standard TCP/IP port, click next. In Printer name or I.P address type in the I.P address you assigned to the printer. Ignore the port name field underneath it should auto complete for you as you type in the address. Click next here . You may get an additional option where it asks you what network card your printer is using, just choose the generic network card. Lastly you'll get some options asking for make and model of printer, what you wish to name your printer and whether you wish to share your printer. No need to share it, just choose no for that and print your test page.

Job done.
 
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