Linksys wireless Print server WPS54G and WPSM54G
Print server is a device connected to the main server and printer. It accepts the print jobs from all the computers in the network and sends it to appropriate printer. Let’s take an example. You have 4 – 5 computers in the network and one printer. You want all the computers to use the same printer. Now in this case you can use a print server.
All your computers will be connected to one main server like router. Print server will also be connected to the router. Printer will be connected to the Print server. Now all of your computers will send the print job to the print server through the router. Print server will send the print job to printer. This is how you can use the print server to print.
WPS54G and WPSM54G are the wireless print server. If you want to use them in the network then you should have wireless router also. Make sure that you have all the wireless settings of the router. You will need the name of the wireless network ( SSID ), the wireless channel, the type of wireless security and the wireless network key or password. If you don’t know these settings then open the set up page of the router and check the wireless settings.
How to check wireless settings of the router.
How to connect the print server to the wireless network?
For the initial set up of the Print server, connect the print server to the router with the cable. Connect the print server to one of the Ethernet port on the router. Make sure that you will see Ethernet light both on router and print server. Connect the printer to the Print server. Print server does not have any default IP address. It picks up IP address from the router. Check the IP address of the router. There are 2 ways to check the IP address of the print server.
There is a small reset button on the back side of the print server. Press it and hold it for 5 seconds. You will get a print out. On that print out you will find the IP address of the print server.
Run the CD that comes with the print server. On the 4th or 5th step it will search for the print server and will give you the IP address of the print server. Note it down and exit the set up.
Once you have the IP address of the print server, use that IP address to open the set up page of the print server. On the set up page you will find the wireless settings. Change the wireless settings according to the settings of your wireless router. Save the settings. Now disconnect the cable between the print server and the router. Unplug the power to the print server and plug it back in. Wait for a minute till the wireless light will lit up on the print server. Now try to ping the print server IP address from your computer. If you get the replies, it is all set up and communicating with the router.
How to set up computer to print using print server?
Your print server and router are communicating with each other. Now you have to set up your computer to print using the print server. On your computer you will need to add the new printer port. Use the standard TCP / IP port for the IP address of the print server. Go to the printer properties and add the printer port.
Once you add the new port on the printer, your computer will be able to print.