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Network Setup for Pixma MP970

I am able to get my printer to operate directly from the computer but trying to set it up on wired LAN is a different story. When I get to the section of Setting Printer IP it will not connect. I have tried every possible way. One suggestion is to try next address. What is the address as there is nothing in the manual as suggested- either printer or computer. Also at this point it starts asking if a LAN connection is connected. I can't work out why when the setup connection is to be done with USB.

Unfortunately I am one of those users who just wants to plug in the printer and go. The instructions are very unclear and difficult to follow. Can you help?

Mike Williamson

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  • mikewill Aug 05, 2008

    To my knowledge all firewalls and security were turned off as required by the manual. I have copies of the manual which is no help. Also to do an online fix puts my computer very much at risk.

    Mike Williamson


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the easiest way to do it is to go to the computer with the printer attached, go to control panel, and printers, right click the printer you want to use and click sharing.
click the radial button "share this printer" and give it a meaningful name.
the go to your laptop, go to start, run and type the ipaddress of the computer connected to the printer in the form
\\nnn.nnn.nnn.nnn\ this will bring up all the shared folders and printers available on the computer. right click the printer and choose connect.
the rest of the process will be similar to installing a normal windows printer. it will appear in the windows print menus like any other printer.

of course you will need to leave the main computer powered on, not necessarily logged in, to be able to print from the laptop.

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  • Priya darshan Aug 05, 2008

    Please don't forget to rate or accept the solution.


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If your printer is connected wired directly to a router , you can just let the printer get its IP address from your router and don't forget to set the printer as a network printer...

Hope that helps.......

Posted on Aug 05, 2008

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    Mark Gil Aug 05, 2008

    To set a Windows XP/Vista computer to print directly to a printer, follow the steps below:

    1. Click Start, then Printers and Faxes (Windows XP) or Windows icon, Control Panel, Hardware and Sound, then Printer (Windows Vista). Double-click Add a Printer to start the "Add Printer Wizard," then click Next.

    2. You will be given an option between Local Printer and Network Printer. Select Local Printer. Make sure the Automatically detect and install my plug and play printer is not selected (Windows XP), then click Next. Select Create a new port in the Type field, then select Standard TCP/IP Port. Click Next (twice in Windows XP).

    3. In the Printer Name or IP Address field, enter the Domain (host) name of the printer (e.g., which you received from the Hostmaster in response to your request for a fixed IP address. Click Next, then Finish.

    4. If you are placed back in the Select the Printer Port window, make sure that Use the following port is selected. From the list, select the Standard TCP/IP Port you just created. It should appear at the bottom of the list. Click Next.

    5. Select the manufacturer and printer model, or select Have Disk if you are going to install the drivers from a CD or have installed them from the Web. Click Next.

    6. In the Name field, enter the name that will identify your printer on your computer. Specify whether you want this printer to be the default printer. Click Next. Select Do not share printer, then click Next twice. Click Finish. The printer should now be accessible from your computer.

    7. You should be able to print a test page on the printer.

    Hope that helps....


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It indeed is a bit of a complex problem as you may have a firewall program and it may be blocking the connection also.

Best to try following the manual, or we could do a remote support session tomorrow and figure it out.

the network setup guide is available in the downloads section of this webpage

Posted on Aug 05, 2008

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  • Ekse Aug 05, 2008

    Page 7 in the manual.

    can you follow those instructions? do you want me to set it up with you?

    The program I use, is very simple, fast and secure. there is no risk to your computer, the risk to your computer is having your firewall off, you can turn your firewall On while I help you with remote support.

  • Ekse Aug 05, 2008

    actually its probably better that you turn the firewall on right away.

  • Ekse Aug 05, 2008

    I would suggest to try following the instructions on page 7, step by step, don't rush, take your time.


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