I CAN'T GET THE PRINTER TO FIND ANY WIRELESS DEVICES,
WE HAVE 3 COMPUTERS AT HOME. 2 LAPTOPS IN THE HOUSE & 1 DESKTOP IN THE OFFICE ABOVE OUR GARAGE; SEPERATED FROM THE HOUSE. WE ARE ON AN UNSECURED WIRELESS NETWORK DUE TO THE FACT WE ARE IN THE COUNTRY.
THE MAIN ACCESS POINT IS IN THE HOUSE & THE PRINTER IS IN THE OFFICE (OUTSIDE THE HOUSE). I HAVE NO PROBLEMS HAVING MY COMPUTER ACCESS THE WIRELESS INTERNET FROM THE HOUSE BUT CAN'T SEEM TO GET THE PRINTER SETUP.
DOES THE PRINTER HAVE TO BE CONNECTED TO THE MAIN WIRELESS ACCESS POINT VIA ETHERNET CABLE OR UBS, OR CLOSE TO IT? SHOULDN'T THE PRINTER BE ABLE TO ACCESS THE WIRELESS POINT ALSO FROM ANOTHER BUILDING SINCE MY DESKTOP COMPUTER IS?
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A Local Area Connection, or LAN, is generally a small home or office network used to link all the devices in the area. With the advent of wireless technologies, LAN networks are no longer limited to the amount of cords you own. Laptops can connect to wireless LAN easily with their built in wireless adapters. Connecting two laptops together over wireless LAN is also easy, but requires a few special steps to give the laptops access to each other.
1Connect both laptops to the wireless network you wish to use. Once connected, click the "Start" button and navigate to the "Network" menu.
2.Click the "Network and Sharing Center" link. Press the "View Computers and Devices" button. A list of devices currently on the network is displayed.
3.Check the list for the names of both laptops. If both laptops are displayed in the list of devices connected to the network, the devices are connected wirelessly to a LAN network.
A wired connection is still the best way to get maximum download and upload speeds because your computer is directly connected to your gateway/router via an Ethernet cable. While this method offers consistent speed, it might not be convenient running multiple PCs and Laptops with a wire in your home. Improving your wireless connections: 1. Do not use wireless connections where it is not needed or not important. Devices that are not moved frequently such as a printer or a desktop PC can use the ethernet cable to minimize traffic in the wireless connection. Some home users use a wireless adapter for their desktop PC to connect wirelessly which I think is irrelevant not unless your desktop PC is really far from the router. Most routers provide 4 ethernet ports which you can use for the printer and desktop PC. 2. Make sure that your Wireless Network has WEP/WPA enabled. All routers are equipped with security features that can provide passwords to your network. A secure network is less susceptible to unathorized use of your network. The more users use your network, the slower it becomes.
Sample video on how to secure your network using a LinkSys Router:
3. Get a better range. Depending on how your home is designed, your wireless gateway may not be able to reach certain parts of the home, but you may be able to improve access to those trouble spots. There are several companies that have developed wireless repeaters (sometimes called a signal booster), devices that can pick up the signal from your router and extend that signal to other parts of the house. It should be noted that any repeater has its own limitations and the greater your distance from the repeater the weaker your signal and the slower your speed will be.
4. Change your wireless channel to reduce interference. You may experience weak or dropped signals if a cordless phone or any other electronic device and your wireless router share the same frequency channel. A potential fix for this issue is to change the channel, thereby reducing frequency interference. The wireless channel can be can be accessed in the wireless settings of your routers interface. Channels to choose from are Channels 1 to 11. This should be done in a trial and error method, choose whatever channel delivers the most speed.
Sample video on how to change the wireless channel on a Zoom Router:
5. Make sure that you are running the latest firmware and driver updates. One of the easiest steps to improve your connection speed is to make sure you are running the latest software updates for your wireless adapter. If you are, the next step would be to check if your network card has been updated with the latest drivers. To confirm that you have the latest drivers available, go to the wireless card manufacturer's website and look for a Support and/or Driver link. If you have a built in wireless client (one that cannot be removed from your PC), check to see if your PC manufacturer has issued any updates.
The above tips has greatly improved our home network which consists of a Prolink router, 2 netbooks, 1 laptop, 1 desktop pc, 1 printer and an occasional use of mobile phones to connect to the internet.
I wanted to provide some clarification to you. Once your devices (printer in this case) and computers are connected to your router, they have the connection. Now the communication settings between each computer and devices are to be configured on each computer individually. Obviously the first step would be to install the drivers that came with your printer on the new Gateway just like you did on your other computers. *This is undoubtedly where the problem lies.* You have a printer that was produced prior to Windows 7 being released. Check the website of the manufacturer of your printer to see if they have released a new driver for Windows 7. Download it to your new computer and install. That should take care of you.
Two ways to do this:
Since this is a USB printer and not a network printer you have to create a "share":
1. On the main computer that has the printer attached, go to the printer properties (START, PRINTERS AND FAXES, Right-click on the printer icon and select "sharing"
2. Select the Sharing" tab and select "Share this printer" radial.
3. Enter a short name for the printer in the "Share Name" box, such as: HP1610
4. Save that configuration and remember the "Name" you gave the share.
At each computer on your network:
1. Go to the printer setup sceeen (see #1 above)... and "ADD A PRINTER"
2. Select "Network" printer (not local printer)
3. Select "search for printers and the HP1610 will appear on the list.
4. Select it and follow the instructions from there...
Well your explanation was clear but your should've not ruled out the hardware issue. if both computer suffered the same problem at the same time the problem could be within the Desktop itself. I have experienced the same problem with my HP when I move to my new house after 5 years. What happend is that during transportation the vibration lossened up the parts inside your computer. So what I did was I reseated all the parts inside the desktop and reinstalled Windows XP. Till now I have never had any problems yet.
You can try to power cycle your entire network (refresh). This often happens when you have a large network.
power down ALL Computers and disconnect the desktop from the D-Link Switch.
turn off all SLAVE AP's first.
Turn off the Master AP and disconnect one end of the Ethernet.
Turn off the D-Link Switch and disconnect one end of the Ethernet.
Now, turn off your modem.
Leave them for about 10 to 15 minutes, depending on your urgency. Turn on and connect all devices in the EXACT order.
Turn on the modem. wait 2 minutes.
Turn on the D-Link Switch and wait 1 minute. Then connect the Ethernet to the MODEM.
Turn on the Master AP and wait 1 minute. Then connect the Ethernet to the D-Link Switch.
Turn ONE of the Slave AP's. Turn on your Laptop. try to connect to the Internet. If successful, Disconnect from the network on the computer and proceed to turn on the rest of the Slave AP's, Laptops, and Desktop. If its NOT successful, power on the Desktop and try to connect to the internet.
If the desktop connects to the Internet, Check your D-Link's homepage "192.168.1.1" (default) for any wrong settings. If it does not connect, check your DSL Modem's settings.
If the above does not work, post what you did the day before this happened. Probably something small might have messed with the network.