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Connecting a brother mfc685cw printer to a linkys router wrt5462

How do i do it? i am having a hard time trying to connect HELP

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  • marion321 May 14, 2009

    i have a brother mfc685cw wireless printer and i am trying to connec to my linksys router i have aall the settings for my router SSID and so on.i am using a acer laptop i am already connected to my linksys router it is workink good. HELP

  • marion321 May 27, 2009

    i like to know how you can bill my mc account, when i did not accept your solution ?. also the solutions to my promblem that you did give me did not work i think you should recheck your policy if i accept the solution that means my problem is solve right. Paul

  • marion321 May 27, 2009

    i try both of your solution 5-13 and5-14 forget it i still like to know how and why you bill my MC account for a promblem you did not solve.



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I would check the manual of the printer and see what encryption type the printer supports and if there are any updates whether via firmware or otherwise for the printer and or the router.

Leave the firmware updates until last as if you lose power or anything like that you will brick the device(s)

Also temporarily disable encryption so that anything can connect to it and make sure on the configuration side that the printer is using the same wireless channel that the linksys is configured to ( maybe try a different channel )

I normally make sure that they are about 3 channels apart for each one I configure so there is no cross chatter between wireless networks.

If you can get it to work with no encryption then try it with WEP and if that works then try WPA PSK of some description ( if it stops working with WPA PSK ) then it means that it does not support WPA PSK most likely.

Do you get any connection what so ever after trying this , if not then If your normal laptop or other devices can connect to your linksys router then there are some other settings you can check ie is broadcasting enabled on the router - check what ports the printer needs and go from there.

Also maybe contact the manufacturer for the printer as they may be able to advise you further with regards to how to check that the wireless card is working ( obviously if it connects with no encryption on the wireless ) then that indicates that the wireless card works and try and print to it then - if that works then we can start enabling encryption and other things to try and establish what is the root cause of the issue ( working backwards but ) should help you elliminate the issue(s) step by step.

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    Shane Russell May 14, 2009

    forgot to mention once you know the ip address of the printer assuming it gets one ( which you should be able to find out from the LAN information ( DHCP Table ) assuming your router uses DHCP , if not it should have a log of what is connected to your router and show what ip address it is currently using.

    Try and ping it , if you can ping it ensure the driver you are using is the latest driver from brothers website, if that does not help then there is obviously something blocking the traffic and you can also try and use LPR

    select LPR as the communication type after configuring the printer port and make the que name lp lowercase and enable LPR byte counting.

    Also check on brothers website to see if they use a specific RAW port for printing over TCP/IP.

    Also as a side note printing to wireless devices or wireless in general is never that reliable so you are most likely going to be better if you connect it via usb to a computer and share it from that computer assuming its connected to the router directly using a network ( ethernet cat5e or similiar type cable )

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    Shane Russell May 27, 2009

    ok so what are you stuck on or whats happened so far - if you give us feedback to update us on the status ie what did or did not work then one of us can help further.

  • Shane Russell
    Shane Russell May 27, 2009

    I personally did not bill your account - if you go to the help section you can email fixya ( the correct department )

    If you can let me know what you need help with regards to the router I can help further.


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1. Verify the proper LEDs are lit on the Access Point.
•• Make sure the Power LED has a steady green light
and is not flashing.
•• Verify the Ethernet LED has a fairly steady green
light. It will flash occasionally, indicating activity.
•• Verify the Signal Strength LEDs are lit.
2. Power down everything, and power on each device in
the following order:
•• Access Point
•• PC
3. Ensure that the proper wireless network name (SSID)
has been selected. You can use the Site Survey button
on the Wireless > Basic Wireless Settings screen (refer to
The Wireless Tab > Basic Wireless Settings, page 14)
to scan for a list of available wireless network names
(SSIDs). If necessary, check with your ISP to verify the
proper wireless network name (SSID).
4. Make sure that you are using the proper encryption
settings required by your ISP to connect to their
service. The encryption settings of the Access Point are
configured on the Wireless > Wireless Security screen

The Access Point has been designed to be functional
right out of the box, with the default settings in the Setup
Wizard. However, if you want to change these settings, the
Access Point can be configured through your web browser
with the Web-based Utility.

The Utility can be accessed via a web browser through use
of a computer that is networked with the Access Point.
For a basic network setup, most users only have to use the
following screens of the Utility:
•• Setup On the Setup > Network Setup screen, enter
your basic network settings here.
•• Management Click the Administration tab and then
select the Management screen. To secure the Access
Point, change the password from the default value
(admin). Enter a new password in the Password and
Re-enter to confirm fields.

How to Access the Web-Based Utility
To access the web-based utility of the Access Point, launch
your web browser. In the Address field, enter the Access
Point’s default IP address,, or the IP address
you entered during the Setup Wizard. (Should you need to
learn what IP address the Access Point presently uses, run
the Setup Wizard again. It will scan the Access Point and
give you its IP address.) Press Enter.

The login screen will appear. Leave the User Name field
blank. The first time you open the Web-based Utility, use
the default password, admin. (You can set a new password
from the Administration > Management screen.) Then click

I will be standing by with further instructions.

Posted on May 13, 2009

  • Michael Masters
    Michael Masters May 13, 2009

    Follow these instructions until your computer can connect
    to the Internet:
    •• Make sure that the Router is powered on. The Power
    LED should be green and not flashing.
    •• If the Power LED is flashing, then power off all of
    your network devices, including the modem, Router,
    and computers. Then power on each device in the
    following order:
    1. Cable or DSL modem
    2. Router
    3. Computer
    •• Check the cable connections. The computer should
    be connected to one of the ports numbered 1-4 on
    the Router, and the modem must be connected to the
    Internet port on the Router.



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