mrdee

Trouble Setting Up Print Server.

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I am really desperate to get some help, so, if anyone can assist me, please, do not delay.My problem is very difficult to explain, especially in great detail, but I will do my best to be as accurate as possible.I bought a generic USB 2.0 print server, because I wanted to share my Samsung CLP-300 Colour Laser Printer with 1 PC and 2 laptops, without having to leave one of the stations on constantly. So i bought the device in order to plug the printer into my router, ie. it has an Ethernet Cable on one side, which goes into the router, and a usb port on the other side, into which you plug the printer.The machines connect to the router wirelessly.As soon as I install the software which came on the CD with the device, and then run the setup, strange things begin to happen.The latest I have encountered, after installing the printer driver on all machines and effectively seeing it in Devices and Printers on all machines, when I start the Wizard, I get "No network printers are available", although they do exist on all machines.Even when the wizard did let me get through, either because the printer was previously installed by using the "Have Disk" function and leading the wizard towards the printer, it was still not possible to print from any of the machines.The outcome was different every single time, either on one of the machines a further printer (Copy 1, Copy 2, Copy 3.......) would be added every time the wizard was ran,, making it difficult which printer to choose from (but none of them would print anyway),Sometimes the printer would begin to make a noise like it was about to start printing, but that would cease after a while, and the power light would go from green to red,Then, on other occasions, I would look at the status of the printers, and the default one would be marked as "OFFLINE", and the others would show "Error", but nothing that could change the status of any of them to online, let alone making them print.I also tried, instead of running the USB LPR Printer setup, to run the Networking USB Server Utility, where I could then open a website (locally, like a sort of control panel) with information about the printer, but most of the time, it would be listed as "Busy", and, as you probably guessed, no printing.When setting up the printer driver, I get the option to install it as a single printeror a network printer, in the latter category, i have the options "TCP/IP port", "Shared printer (UNC)" and "Add TCP/IP port", but i get nowhere trying to install it as a network printer, as the first option finds nothing, the second does not find anything neither, and for the last one, when I enter the IP address my printer has, it is not recognised.When I go into my router's Control Panel, I see there is no indication of anything being connected to the Ehernet port, but, I don't know enough about it to know whether that is normal or not.So, I hope my explanation was a bit understandable and rang some bells with some people,so, PLEASE, PLEASE, if anything recognises my problem or knows of a solution, PLEASE post a reply here, as I am getting very frustrated.Thank you in advance.

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I thought I'd give an update on the situation.

 

I feel I have made progress, the router now recognises the Ethernet connection, and the server website recognises the printer too.

(See added screenshot).

 

However, the printer still refuses to print from any of the nachines.

 

Has anybody spotted yet where I could be going wrong?

 

Please help if you can.

 

Thanks.

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I finally got the print server to work.All I had to do was to set up a TCP/IP port for the printer, and now it works nicely on all machines.I did not even have to make any special adjustments to any of the separate machines.

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