Create ANY wireless connection for minolta 3300 w/ wps54g?

Discussion in 'Other Linksys Equipment' started by thg4, Oct 12, 2005.

  1. thg4

    thg4 Network Guru Member

    Hi - I'd like to create a wireless connection for my minolta 3300. This printer already has a built-in print server with ethernet port, usb port and serial port, but I REALLY want to be able to connect it wirelessly. I have thought of 2 things:

    1. Find and use a wireless router in WDS mode and connect it to the printer (which would forward traffic to all connected wired computers and printers from my main linksys DHCP wireless router).

    2. Use the WPS54G for my printer.

    I'm looking for the best and easiest solution. I am just learning about the first, and I think it might take a lot of configuration time to get working correctly. I have purchased a WPS54G, but I can't get it working with my printer - linksys is telling me that it probably doesn't have the correct drivers to support my minolta printer. Are there any other solutions that I can try? Can I plug the WPS54G's ethernet port into my printer and have it work that way? Can I download firmware that will support my minolta 3300?

    Any help is greatly appreciated!!! Thanks
  2. howardp6

    howardp6 Network Guru Member

    If you use the WPS54G you have to connect the Minolta printer to the USB2 port. The ethernet port is used to configure the WPS54G or to use it as a wired printserver. If you connect the WPS54G via the USB port and the USB LED lights up the printer will probably work. If it does configure the WPS54G connected to your router. You can use either the web interface, the setup wizard and/or the Biadmin utility. Set it in infrastructure mode, as a DHCP client and set the channel, ssid and encryption, saving your setting if you use the web client. After you have set it up, disconnect it from your router and power cycle it, so it will connect to your router wirelessly. It is not capable of being a wired and wireless printserver at the same time. If you can connect to it wirelessly, you can add the printer by using the setting and add a printer. It is not a network printer, bu a local printer, do not select the automatic detection, but it you installed the software for the printserver you will see a port with the name of your printserver. Use the print drivers for the printer.
  3. thg4

    thg4 Network Guru Member

    Thank you much for your lengthy reply. I have plugged in the WPS54G to the USB port on my printer and the USB light on the WPS54G does NOT light up... Does this mean that I should stop trying to configure it and it will not work?

    If it will not work, I wonder if I should explore using a wireless router (because my minolta printer does have an internal print server) -- where I would plug an ethernet cable into my printer and into the router and then let the router communicate wirelessly with my main DHCP wireless router... If I do this, I will have to make sure the router supports WDS, right? I'm pretty sure if I were to get a linksys router to accomplish this, I'd have to upgrade its firmware... Do you have any thoughts on this, or any solution that would make my printer have wireless communication (that's my goal)?

    Thanks very much.
  4. howardp6

    howardp6 Network Guru Member

    If you are upgrading the firmware on your routers, set it back to the factory defaults and upgrade it from a wired connection only. WDS should work, or you can use a WAP54G in bridge mode. It is more expensive so WDS is the least expensive way.
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