Silex sx-200 print servers loosing its wireless signal
We are having issues with 4 silex sx-200 print servers loosing its wireless signal no matter what location we are at. this ends up causing problems with docs being left in the queue. the printer and print server are approx 40 feet away from each other. when I have the printer and print server approx 6 ft from each other I get a signal strength anywhere from 27% to 87%. Is there a known issue with these print servers and its signal strength? if there is , is there a fix? does it need a firmware upgrade? your help would be appreciated
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I work with Silex and can send you the latest firmware release candidate for the SX-200 that includes changes that improves the performance of the unit's wireless radio. Please email me at email@example.com with your full contact information with reference to this post and I can reply with the updated version file and instructions on how to load this file on your unit.
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You only need the actual printer drivers not the print server driver (there is no such thing for print server drivers). Once you connect to network and to Print server, you should be able to see what brand printer is connected to server such as HP, Epson, Fujixerox, Samsung, etc.
I had a similar problem that was caused by my firewall. I was able to get it to print fine but could not get it to scan.
To test, try temporarily disabling your firewall. Bringing up SX Virtual Link then search for devices. If you can find your Canon, that's the key. Silex has instructions on how to get around some of the firewalls on their web site. I had to figure out how to get around AVGs firewall on my own. Check out silexamerica.com.
Reply to this message if it doesn't work or if you need instructions for the firewall problem.
The issue was the wireless print server not properly connecting to my home network and thus being unable to see my modem/network. This was because my linksys wireless print server generates its wep key with a different algorithm than the Motorola surfboard SBG900, this also explains why when I was using my old linksys wireless g router, things worked without any issue (same wep key algorithm). Once I figured out how to manually configure the print servers wireless settings and manually enter the wep security settings I was able to connect to my network and the configuration found the print server and I was able to finish setup.
Your post does not mention all IP addresses in use, and which devices use wireless. That information would be helpful.
Is it possible that you are getting an IP address from a router for your internet access, then when you try to talk to your print server it may be trying to assign an ip address too.
(Sometimes a wired computer also has wireless enabled, which can cause an issue when one ip address has already been received on the wired connection and a wireless connection is also trying to connect.)
1) Signal strength to each computer might be poor (raise the DPR-1260 as high as you can afford or centralize it)
2) There are nearby wireless devices on the same channel (or adjacent channels) as yours. You might not see them, as they are neighbors or businesses, depending where the device is.
3) Wireless is very similar to Real Estate. It might be a shabby house but in the right location it's a sell. Location, Location, Location. (same as #2)
4)Make sure the device is NOT sitting on or at least 6 inches near any other electronic device, including radios, TV, cable modem, etc.
As a quick fix, enter the DPR1260 configuration page and change the channel to either 1, 6 or 11, whichever gives you the best performance.
Then come back here and let us know what you find.
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After several days of researching the same problem for the MF4150, the conclusion is that you have to use an Axis or Silex brand print server developed specifically for Canon. Both have been reported to provide Print/Scan/Fax multi-functionality, but it seems Silex is the one Canon really supports (it's only sold on their website) and is most likely to be the least problematic.