Setting up a wireless print server?

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  1. Ronald Epstein

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    I hate dealing with Linksys customer support.
    I never really have to call them until dealing
    with my wireless router, and when I do, I always
    end up talking to a foreigner who I have problems
    understanding.

    The Wireless-G router I have is the Linksys WPS54GU2

    It has been known to be the notorious print server
    to configure. Read reviews of this product on the
    Internet and you will see what I mean.

    A few days ago after purchasing my new Linksys
    WRT54GX4 router, I called Linksys and after
    30 minutes they got my print server up and running.

    Problem is, I had to reset the modem broadcast channel
    today (signal was too low) and that seemed to reset
    everything to the point where the print server is not
    working.

    I could call Linksys again, but man, I really
    get turned off talking to outsourced tech support where
    all I seem to say is "excuse me? excuse me?"

    (I'm not trying to be disrespectful, just honest)

    Is there a SIMPLE way to pair up the router with the
    wireless one?

    I do believe that the wireless-G print server needs
    to be hooked up to the main router when configuring..yes?

    I already have the software and printer port set up.
    I just need to put both the ROUTER and wireless PRINT
    SERVER on the same wavelength.

    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. greggor

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    Ron,

    I was having the exact same problem with my Linksys. I eventually purchased a Belkin upon finally giving up on trying to make things work correctly.

    If possible, you may want to return your linksys for a more "user friendly" Belkin. Additionally, I know several others who have experienced the same issues we have had. The Belkin is much easier to configure than the Linksys and works flawlessly. Sorry I can't help you figure out what's wrong.

    Greg
     
  3. Ronald Epstein

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    Gregg,

    Good to be part of the club [​IMG]

    Just went to NEWEGG.COM and read the
    reviews on the Belkin. They don't seem
    too good either.

    Looks like I'll just have to call Linksys
    later today and deal with ther tech support.
     
  4. ChrisDS

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    I have set up many of the Linksys wireless print servers and you do have to connect it with an ethernet cable to your router for configuration.

    These things should be a breeze to configure, all you need is you SSID (wireless network name) and your security key or passphrase. If you insert the setup CD and follow the directions they pretty much set themselves up...I have heard though that they don't work well with some all-in-one printers...which models I'm not sure.

    I installed the print server configuration utility on only one PC in my shop and wrote down the IP address it assigned the printer then used the "Add a printer wizard" to create a TCP/IP port of the same address...this is under local printer though, not network printer in the wizard.
     
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    Chris...which types of All-in-one- printers do work on these print servers? I hear u will actually be using only the printer part but never the scanning, etc. I've been searching for a good print server the last few weeks since we have nowadays 4 PCs around the house.
     
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    I have setup the Linksys wireless print server with HP all-in-ones and a Samsung laser all-in-one. I have not had a problem with either...stick with an HP printer and you'll be safe.

    I have also used Netgear wired print servers and those setup very easy. As far as the print server goes, stick with either Linksys or Netgear.
     

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