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Wireless Connection I cannot connect to my printer wirelessly I've had the problem from day 1 and have been using it with the USB cable plugged in. I have 2 pc's working fine on wireless, my friend brought his laptop and that wouldn't find the printer either

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  • robertkeech Apr 07, 2008

    I have a 2110 and have purchased a wireless printer (192.168.1.6) , I have one Windows PC (Hardwired into the router 192.168.1.2 ) and a MAC (via wirless connection 192.168.1.5) the router is configured 192.168.1.1. My wireless printer works fine from any hardwired device ie, the windows pc 192.168.2 and can ping 192.168.1.6 no problems.



    However the mac on the 192.168.1.5 cannot ping the wireless printer on 192.168.1.6 it seems there is no valid route from the wirless mac to the wireless printer, any ideas on how to add a route on the router to find the wireless printer.



    I know its a wireless to wireless issue since, my work laptop also fails to find the wireless printer

  • Anonymous Apr 16, 2008

    i have installed the printer but cant get a wireless connection

  • samsaintsfc May 13, 2008

    I have the same problem - tried it on 3 laptops to no avail. It says the Port is the Lexmark 1400 series one but I get no light on the WiFi at all and when I go through the connecting process via the usb - it runs a little set up wizrd - reaches halfway then stops. AAArrrgghhhh. Seeing so many users on here having problems leads me to think I've made a bum choice in purchasing this printer. Has anyone fixed their problem?

  • Anonymous Mar 10, 2009

    While I try to install the printer on a new laptop. It will not recognise the printer!! I am fedup. Most likely I am going to trash this printer. Totally useless. Come on Lexmark dont make users suffer!

  • Anonymous Mar 22, 2009

    i have lexmark z1420 also...The driver isnt work with my laptop Acer.

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Does anybody know how to check the port settings on a mac? I have the same issue it wont even ping from the mac, but every other network device including wifi works ok.,

Posted on Apr 07, 2008

I have the same problem and I have exhausted all options that I can think of. Last night I reset the network settings for the printer and started over and at the end, after going through the whole wizard again, it spit out a new network page and looked like the problems were fixed. (was now on channel 11,used to be on 6, also said it was connected to the wireless network when before it said it was not). I got excited thinking it had finally connected, but when I went to print a test page I got the same communication problem error message. I just got off the phone with Lexmark Support and he told me it was most likely printing to the wrong port. When I go to my printers properties page, it is printing to USB001 (Lexmark virtual printer port), and he told me it needs to be on "Lexmark 1400 Series" port. I will try to create a new port tonight and hopefully I have "Lexmark 1400 Series" as an option to choose from.

Jeez this thing is exhausting. I consider myself to be fairly computer savvy and I have wasted 4 nights working on this thing to no avail. How do people who don't know their way around a computer handle wifi printing to the 1420??

Posted on Mar 27, 2008

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