Every time our power goes off, my printer which is connected wirelessly goes offline and there is no way to make it go online. The printer says its still connected to the wireless network but it wont go online. The only way I can get it to work is to remove the printer and put it back. I wanted to know if there was a better way. I use Vista. Thanks.
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If the printer says offline, the initial step that you need to check is the physical connection. If it is a USB printer, verify if the USB Cable is properly connected on both ends (PC to Printer and vise versa). If it is a network or wireless printer, make sure the printer is connected to your network. For wireless printers, you can easily identify if its just the wireless settings problem by connecting your printer hard wired to your wireless router. After you hardwired it, go to Printers and Faxes for XP, for Windows 7 and Vista click on Devices and Printers on the Control Panel. Right-click on your Printer icon then select "Use Printer Online" then try to print a test page.
So, if you want to print, the printer must be online. Offline method doesn't work to print. When the computer sayst that the printer is offline, it means ypur printer is turned off or you don't connected the printer to PC.
As in conclusion, if you want to print set the printer online.
Usualy you have to set up the wirless in the printer driver settings before you go wireless. I suggest pluging the printer in make sure the drivers are installed and before the disconnect choose these settings in your advanced printer driver settings (if it is wireless) and then disconnect and reboot.
Start Button ---> Settings ---> Control Panel ---> Printers and Faxes ---> find your printer in the list, right-click and choose "Use Printer Online"
Give it a few seconds and voila :)
If it doesn't come online, check your connections, make sure the power is on (on the printer), or the wireless connection to your router.
Hope this helps!
Right click printer properties and select online. Start /settings /printers. Offline can also indicate a connection is not available - this occurs with demo versions of printer software. When the demo expires, the printer goes offline. The fix is to just use windows networking and shared printer.