I have a network only MFP printer (No Parallel, serial, or USB connection, just network plug (RJ45 I think). It used to be aon a windows 2003 network and worked great. My environment is now changed. I access the internet through a network router but am not a member of that network. I want to be able to use this printer with my PC, but am at a loss as to how to create a network environment where this is possible. any ideas as to what I can do. - Thanks
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Re: network printer - no network
If you are no longer on that network that the printer is on and you can' t configure the router, setting up this printer will be next to impossible. If you know the network administrator, you might be able to work something out with the IT department if you explain you need it for a work related function
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You can open up the printer and try to fix it, but in fact you will probably need a new part which will have to be soldered in.
An easier solution would be to use the parallel port connection, if there is one. Newer printers don't always have them, and I don't think the 3055 has one.
On the other hand, newer printers often have an ethernet connection, and you should be able to use this instead of the USB. I'm pretty sure the HP 3055 has an ethnet port. You'll need an RJ45 wire. You can get a USB to RJ45 adapter if you need to plug the other end of the cable into your PC's USB port (e.g. if your PC has only one ethernet port and you're already using it for broadband).
You need to buy the zebranet PS2 print server
P/N G46692 External PrintServer II. It will plug into the parallel port. they just stoped making them but they are still for sale at zebra resellers. here is one at random from google
google for dell dimension 3000 and you find the manuall see below i found it on : http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/SYSTEMS/dim3000/en/SM/index.htm
(keyboard and mouse)
two front-panel and four
back-panel USB 2.0–compliant connectors
three connectors for
line-in, line-out, and microphone; one front-panel connector for
If the printer status is offline it means that you are either A) not connected to the printer by USB/Serial/Parallel B) Connected to the same network as the network printer or C) The printer is not turned on with the approriate connection plugged into the printer/computer.
Cables are available from a number of sources which will convert from a USB plug for your computer to a serial or parallel connector for your printer. (I don't remember for sure whether that Panasonic is serial or parallel. I think it's a parallel printer and uses a Centronics connector.) Do a search for "centronics to USB" or "serial to USB" and you will find links to a number of sources.