06-08-2011 04:09 PM
Yea just plug it in and use the software that came with the printer to set it up. Or you can use add a printer under devices and printers in Windows 7. I'm not sure what it's called on a Mac if you have one.
06-08-2011 04:36 PM
The add a printer option in the software is looking for a WireLESS printer not a wired connection.
Windows allows the add but the printer remains offline. something in the router is preventing a connection
06-08-2011 06:05 PM - edited 06-08-2011 06:20 PM
You can set up a wired printer connected to the E4200 for any printer that is Ethernet enabled, and there is no need to wait for an update from Cisco. I have been using the method described below for wired printers for many years, and it has not failed yet. You will need access to the printer's setup menu one time to identify its IP address on your network.
The really tricky and completely non-intuitive part (thanks Microsoft) is that you will set the printer up as a LOCAL printer. Pay very close attention to the step I pasted below. Even though you are connecting your printer to your router on the network, you MUST select “Local printer attached to this computer” during setup. This step configures the LOCAL standard TCP/IP port that needs to exist on the PC. You need to repeat this process on each PC that you want to use the printer with.
The CRITICAL step is:
Select "Local printer attached to this computer" AND uncheck "Automatically detect and install my Plug and Play printer"
After you step though this carefully for the first time, you will be amazed at how simple this is. I am currently using this process with the E4200 and two HP printers. I have also used it with a 5 year old D-Link model, and I’ve set up several network printers for friends and family.
To give credit to the original author, the entire process can be found here:
The entire process is:
Steps to printer nirvana:
10. Select your printer from the list
11. Give your new printer a name
12. Do not share, print a test page, and click Finish because you are done.
I have successfully used the process above with routers and printers from multiple manufacturers. I think that the instructions above were originally written for XP, but setup for Windows 7 32/64 bit is very similar. I can confirm that the process works for Windows 7..