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  • Leebs14
    Trusted Tech
    250+ Posts
    • Feb 2014
    • 457

    Connecting to WiFi

    Help needed!!

    Is there a generic device available which I can physically plug into a copier/printer and then connect to a customer wireless network?

    Something that's easy to use and set up and just accepts the print job sent over the wireless network and sends it down the wire to the printer?


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  • NSD
    Technician
    • Aug 2011
    • 44

    #2
    Re: Connecting to WiFi

    An old netgear router or accesspoint in Bridge mode does the job nicely.

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    • blackcat4866
      Master Of The Obvious
      Site Contributor
      10,000+ Posts
      • Jul 2007
      • 22542

      #3
      Re: Connecting to WiFi

      This is the device that I've used: http://downloads.linksys.com/downloa..._QI_NC-WEB.pdf

      There are about a million other devices that do about the same thing. =^..^=
      If you'd like a serious answer to your request:
      1) demonstrate that you've read the manual
      2) demonstrate that you made some attempt to fix it.
      3) if you're going to ask about jams include the jam code.
      4) if you're going to ask about an error code include the error code.
      5) You are the person onsite. Only you can make observations.

      blackcat: Master Of The Obvious =^..^=

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      • Leebs14
        Trusted Tech
        250+ Posts
        • Feb 2014
        • 457

        #4
        Re: Connecting to WiFi

        Thanks guys, I wondered in this day and age there was a simple plug and play device


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        • blackcat4866
          Master Of The Obvious
          Site Contributor
          10,000+ Posts
          • Jul 2007
          • 22542

          #5
          Re: Connecting to WiFi

          I wouldn't exactly call it Plug & Play. There is some setup required, but it's not overly complex. You can run the disk or do it manually. I've done it both ways.
          If you'd like a serious answer to your request:
          1) demonstrate that you've read the manual
          2) demonstrate that you made some attempt to fix it.
          3) if you're going to ask about jams include the jam code.
          4) if you're going to ask about an error code include the error code.
          5) You are the person onsite. Only you can make observations.

          blackcat: Master Of The Obvious =^..^=

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          • Ben Around
            Trusted Tech
            Site Contributor
            100+ Posts
            • Apr 2012
            • 151

            #6
            Re: Connecting to WiFi

            Use a wifi range extender. They work great and are available at office depot, best buy etc. for about 60 bucks. Make sure it has an ethernet connector to plug the MFP in though.

            Here is an example:
            Netgear N300 Wi Fi Range Extender by Office Depot & OfficeMax

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            • NeoMatrix
              Senior Tech.
              2,500+ Posts
              • Nov 2010
              • 3514

              #7
              Re: Connecting to WiFi

              Any wireless modem/router should do the job. Something like Netgear wireless router, they come in all shapes and sizes. If you want USB to Ethernet HP (Hewlett Package) had a USB to Ethernet conversion unit. It's been a while since I've seen them for sale though.

              "www.netgear.com.au\home\products\networking\modem-routers\d1500.aspx?cid=gwmng"

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              • slimslob
                Retired
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                25,000+ Posts
                • May 2013
                • 34635

                #8
                Re: Connecting to WiFi

                Netgear WNCE 3001 or predecessor WNCE 2001. They are small, once programmed from a computer for the wifi network will connect to the CAT5 port on your MFP, can also be connected to a small work group switch to connect multiple non-wifi enabled device. to a wireless network.

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                • copier tech
                  Field Supervisor
                  5,000+ Posts
                  • Jan 2014
                  • 7727

                  #9
                  Re: Connecting to WiFi

                  I've been using the Apple Airport express, small, cheap & easy to setup, especially if you have an IOS device like an iPhone etc.

                  Mac - AirPort Express - Apple (UK)

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                  • msquared840@gmail.com
                    Technician
                    • Jun 2015
                    • 29

                    #10
                    Re: Connecting to WiFi

                    get a USB-Wireless Print server or USB-Ethernet print server.
                    but if you plan connect using USB-Wireless print server, make sure that the wireless signal between your printer and router is strong (at least 3bars)

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                    • NSD
                      Technician
                      • Aug 2011
                      • 44

                      #11
                      Re: Connecting to WiFi

                      Another option would be a powerline adaptor. Then yoy could connect the mfd direct to the wifi router.

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                      • peter42
                        Trusted Tech
                        100+ Posts
                        • Jan 2012
                        • 110

                        #12
                        Place the mfp near customers router.

                        connect the LAN-wire from MFP to router.
                        Amazingly, any Network atached devices over WIFI can see and use MFP, if drivers are installed
                        and MFP is correct configured.

                        greetings peter

                        PS: If they need a mobile MFP, that can be moved from place to place, garage to office, tell them, thats no go for a long live of machine.

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                        • slimslob
                          Retired
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                          25,000+ Posts
                          • May 2013
                          • 34635

                          #13
                          Re: Place the mfp near customers router.

                          Originally posted by peter42
                          connect the LAN-wire from MFP to router.
                          Amazingly, any Network atached devices over WIFI can see and use MFP, if drivers are installed
                          and MFP is correct configured.
                          This thread is about what to do when there is no wired connection where the customer wants the MFP and they do not want anyone to run cable there because they are primary wireless. More often that not, the router is located in a wiring closet or server room that only IT and a few other people have access to.

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                          • Leebs14
                            Trusted Tech
                            250+ Posts
                            • Feb 2014
                            • 457

                            #14
                            Re: Connecting to WiFi

                            Can I configure a USB wifi stick on my PC to work with the wifi network then
                            Unplug it and plug it into the MFP USB port? Will the USB wifi device lose its set up when I unplug it?


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                            • emujo
                              Field Supervisor
                              2,500+ Posts
                              • Jun 2009
                              • 3009

                              #15
                              Re: Connecting to WiFi

                              A USB wireless will not work on the MFP. Unless you have the wireless accessory kit built into the MFP, you must cable the MFP somewhere. That somewhere can be a network jack, directly to the router, or a wireless access point. The WAP is pretty convenient, all you need to do is put the WAP on the same wireless network the users are on. Once configured you cable the MFP to the WAP and it should hand out an address, or you can assign a static. Any users on the same wireless network can download the print driver and start printing. Emujo
                              If you don't see your question answered in the forum, please don't think it's OK to PM me for a personal reply...I do not give out firmware and/or manuals.

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