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LAN printer in WIFI network

by emptynl / September 21, 2016 12:13 AM PDT


I have a problem getting a network printer ( Ricoh MP-171) and internet access to work at the same time.

Here is my situation :

Two PC's both running Windows 8.1 are connected to office WIFI, works fine !

Now I am trying to get the network printer to work, It cannot connect to the WIFI network ( and the rest of the office should not be able to print to it)
so I placed a Router, set the IP range to that of the printer and connected the 3 devices to it using UTP cables.

Now both PC can print , but internet access no longer works , apparently windows is trying to connect to the internet over the wired connection !

In advanced settings menu ( Network connections / change adapter settings ) I swicthed 'provider order' but that did nothing
I also tried bridging both networks ..

when I disable the LAN port , internet works ( but obviously I cannot print )

network details :
Wifi default gateway : ( I am not allowed to change any setting here )
Lan default gateway :
Printer IP : ( In a browser I can see the RICOH page , I could not find were to change the IP address but that is a different problem )

what am I doing wrong ? Is using a router the correct choise .. is there an easier solution. maybe getting the router to pick up the wifi ?

thanks for your help


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I see it.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 21, 2016 12:30 AM PDT

You have two LANs. I don't support such a setup. If you needed more Ethernet ports or another hotspot then you "configure the router as a WAP" so it's on on one LAN.

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ah !
by emptynl / September 21, 2016 3:33 AM PDT
In reply to: I see it.

When you say 'configure the router as a WAP'

Do you mean the router can pick up the office WIFI and add this to the wired network ( all on the network )

That would mean I must set the WIFI password in the router somewhere . I'm not sure my
TP-Link TL-WR940N can do that

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I'll write about that a little.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 21, 2016 9:25 AM PDT
In reply to: ah !

I've yet to find a router I can't use as a WAP. How to set it up is widely (and over) done. Just hit google and ask "How to use a router as a WAP.

What you really wanted was a single LAN. Create 2 and you have the situation you lead with.

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