Ethernet network printing with WRT54G and Tomato question!

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by ratchet, Jan 28, 2013.

  1. ratchet

    ratchet Addicted to LI Member

    I've ordered a Canon laser printer that can be networked through ethernet. Not possessing the manual yet nor having any experience with this my question is: If I connect this to my router, will I be able to print from my wifi connected laptop? Thank you!
  2. Mangix

    Mangix Networkin' Nut Member

  3. ratchet

    ratchet Addicted to LI Member

    Thank you for the laser response!
  4. koitsu

    koitsu Network Guru Member

    Mangix keeps it simple, while I'll expand a bit but reiterate what he said: yes, it will work fine. Expanding:

    I have a Canon PIXMA MX860 which for many years was hooked up via native Ethernet to my router. I gave it a static IP via DHCP (for a lot of reasons I'd rather not get into), installed the Canon software on my workstation (XP), and it Just Worked(tm). My flat at the time had wall plates with RJ45 jacks and CAT5e in the walls, which was great.

    Two years ago I moved into a different apartment (built in 1940s) where running Ethernet is not a viable option for the printer. The Canon PIXMA MX860 offers wifi capability. Doing this was a little more difficult because Canon did not provide a user interface on the printer that lets you adjust the wireless settings (particularly to enable WPA2 Personal (AES)). Instead, I had to build a "configuration file" using Windows' "Network Wizard" (first time I'd ever actually used that thing), which saves a config file on a USB stick, then insert that USB stick into the printer and tell it to use that for its one-time setup. It worked flawlessly, even though the user manual implies "it won't work" (nonsense -- whoever wrote that manual does not understand IP networking).

    One thing to note about the static IP via DHCP part, in case you go that route: be aware that the MAC address of the Ethernet interface on the printer is not the same MAC address as the wireless interface on the printer. So if you have MAC-based access rules, you'll need to work that out in advance.
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  5. ratchet

    ratchet Addicted to LI Member

    Thank you!
  6. mito

    mito Network Guru Member

    If your printer has not wifi, one other way is to plug printer to USB router port, go to router "USB and NAS USB Suport" select "USB printer support" and "Bidirectional" also "USB 1.1 Support" also "USB Storage Support" just in case.

    Now go to your printer in Control Panel right click on it and go Properties> Ports>Click Add Port and choose "Standard TCP/IP printer port" and click New Port > enter you router’s IP address (normally or whatever) and click Next, > Set Device type to Custom and click settings > make sure RAW is selected and specify the necessary Port Number (normally 9100) and click OK.
    Click Next and Finish and Close.

    Make sure the newly created port is selected for your printer and click OK.
    Check that the printer says "Ready"
    Hope this helps.
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