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Need help connecting to wireless network printer

by montanabnb / April 13, 2009 11:26 PM PDT

I have a desktop , WindowsXP OS; It is connected to a printer with a USB port. The computer is connected to the modem through a wireless router, although I dont have a wireless card in the desktop. I have a laptop, Windows Vista OS. It connects to the wireless network without a problem and I can get on the network fine.

I cant get it to connect to the printer through the wireless network.I tried kaufmanmoore suggestion from 2/17/07 but when I click next after the local port drop box I get a different dialoge box called Add Port. and asking for a IP address. auto detection doesnt find anything to choose from. So at this point Im stuck. Any help?

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For this, no easy steps.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 13, 2009 11:49 PM PDT

Given that not only would you have to install the Microsoft LLTD, setup accounts, check firewalls, be sure about accounts and the list goes on, let's offer something simple. Look up NETWORK MAGIC on

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Network Magic help
by montanabnb / April 14, 2009 4:13 AM PDT

Thanks for the suggestion. I have the free trial, however the only option for sharing printers is to allow network to share printers connected to this laptop; not the desktop that has the printer attached with the USB. It may sound dumb, but am I missing some other location on the magic site? Thanks

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If you say so.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 14, 2009 5:08 AM PDT
In reply to: Network Magic help

If the desktop does not offer to share a printer then you have an unsharable printer. It does happen from time to time.

Are you seeing the words in red? I read your posts again and can't find the make, model of the printer.

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printer help
by montanabnb / April 14, 2009 5:34 AM PDT
In reply to: If you say so.

it is a cannon mx700 3-in-one. the desktop does have a share setting and the "sharing hand" symbols are on the printer as well as the fax mode.

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Wait a second.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 14, 2009 6:52 AM PDT
In reply to: printer help

To share that printer did the instructions note to plug the ethernet port into our router and use the Canon software to print to that?

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cannon printer issue
by montanabnb / April 15, 2009 2:13 AM PDT
In reply to: Wait a second.

the instructions did not show a wireless LAN system. It shows both desktop and laptop connected to modem with a "LAN cable" which I assume is an ethernet cable? the wireless router does have multiple connections. I have the modem in LAN1 with an ethernet cable. It has 3 other Lan connect ports and a usb port left.

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That's true.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 15, 2009 3:04 AM PDT
In reply to: cannon printer issue

But your method is not one I found in a similar printer model.

If there are no free ethernet ports we can expand those for cheap.

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printer problem solved
by montanabnb / April 17, 2009 7:20 AM PDT
In reply to: That's true.

I attached an ethernet wire to the printer and router and rebooted the disk and it is working!!! Thank you for your responses and help.

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Glad it helped.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 17, 2009 7:31 AM PDT
In reply to: printer problem solved

Nice to hear when people solve the issues.

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Re-connecting to wireless printer after router change
by billgpc / April 18, 2009 10:30 PM PDT
In reply to: Glad it helped.

I have an hp J6480 wireless printer. Worked fine with Toshiba laptop. Comcast changed router, due to other problems. Now can't access printer from Toshiba. Do I need to uninstall and reinstall the printer software, or is there a "settings" fix that will allow the two to communicate? Thanks

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Read this entire discussion and
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 18, 2009 10:50 PM PDT

That was one of the things tried.

-> However I find some are demanding the results be known before any attempt to repair the problem are made.

How should we respond to a demand like that?

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Reconnecting to wireless printer
by billgpc / April 18, 2009 11:33 PM PDT

I don't understand what "demanding that results be known" means.

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That's ok.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 19, 2009 12:02 AM PDT

It's something I'm running into a lot more often today.

Good luck with your repairs.

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Re-establishing wireless printer connection
by billgpc / April 19, 2009 2:05 AM PDT

Thanks, Bob.

I'm not sure I have any other information, except to do the uninstall/reinstall.


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Then a question.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 19, 2009 2:07 AM PDT

It's been some number of replies and my question is.

Why haven't you done this yet?

My reply above was an observation that a new breed of user is appearing that wants to know the results before anything is done. I'm unsure why they think such is possible.

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