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First up is a pretty straight forward question, at my parents house they have an HP 7200 wireless all in one printer. It is connected to the wireless router, all computers in the house are able to connect to it and print without issue. Except one laptop a Dell Vostro 1500 running XP Home, nothing I have done has been able to connect it to the printer. I bet I am missing something simple, but I just don't print often enough to care about wireless printing generally.



Second issue, at my house(blame my wife) we have an Asus RT-AC66R router, we were given a fairly unused HP Officejet 4500, I would like to hard line connect this to the router and allow wireless printing. The printer has Ethernet and USB, the router also has these open. When I connect via ethernet I see nothing, when I connect the USB, the router see's the printer, but I still can't find it with any laptops. I read the manual and it seems as if it wants to be connect to a rig, but I am hopeful somehow I can bypass that?
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The printer doesn't show up on the laptop when you hit start menu > devices and printers? On my printer, it syncs automatically when I search for devices on my network but maybe yours has to be set manually to sync with the older laptop..or most likely the laptop is running on a different wireless protocol, ie the printer is broadcasting wireless N and your laptop can only "see" up to G

I can't comment on your second question. That might actually involve going into your routers administration settings and setting the printer up that way but I'm just guessing at that point.
Edited by Pr0xy - 9/19/13 at 3:48pm
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For the second question, you may need to use a proprietary HP printer finder like the HP Network Printer Wizard to "see" the printer on your network and set the IP address. or you may simply be able to navigate to it's IP address using your browser, and in order to do that you will need to set the IP address to something within range of your router. (eg: if your router is 192.168.1.1 then the printer must be set to a 192.168.1.xxx scheme.) Not too sure about your particular model.

Don't forget to be patient... some printers take a good minute or so to be "found."
Edited by PhillyOverclocker - 9/19/13 at 3:57pm
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For the second question, you may need to use a proprietary HP printer finder like the HP Network Printer Wizard to "see" the printer on your network and set the IP address. or you may simply be able to navigate to it's IP address using your browser, and in order to do that you will need to set the IP address to something within range of your router. (eg: if your router is 192.168.1.1 then the printer must be set to a 192.168.1.xxx scheme.) Not too sure about your particular model.

Don't forget to be patient... some printers take a good minute or so to be "found."

I can manually configure the ip from the printers options, but can I set it at anything? Would I need to set something in the router then as well?
post #5 of 7
I have ASUS RT-AC66U router and HP Photosmart Premium connected to it via LAN. (and via an other ASUS switch first)

If I want to change it to be connected via USB, I need to run the driver again to select USB connection.

Maybe you have to run some driver or so...

And I think (IIRC) that I may not insert any type of cable to my printer until the driver asks...
   
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That's probably part of the problem, I really don't want any HP software on my computers, their printer software is the most overbloated junkware I have ever played with. But I don't intend to have the printer hooked to a computer at all, just to the router directly, so if I install the software change settings? and then remove the software.
post #7 of 7
Can you even ping the 4500? Either way with this much trouble I would try to get a baseline by trying to configure the printer using an ethernet cable connected directly to it. Just take the rest of the network out of the picture and start from there. This is just to be sure you can print through the network port at all because if the NIC is bad, all the troubleshooting in the world won't help.
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