Linksys Wireless PrintServer for USB 2.0r (wps54gu2) install

Discussion in 'Other Linksys Equipment' started by helsten2, Jan 27, 2005.

  1. helsten2

    helsten2 Network Guru Member

    Just got a new Linksys Print server (wps54gu2). Connected it to my network through my switch (using DHCP - 192.168.0.x). Starts the Setup Wizard and it CANNOT detect the server.
    I try to restart all devices, remove them from the network etc. Nothing helps.
    I am doing network scans to see if I can find out which IP address the server is using (not described in any documentation). Also tried to connect it directly to my PC. Nothing works.
    The Leds are on, but that's all ...

    Any ideas - anyone? :(
  2. RoMe0610

    RoMe0610 Network Guru Member

    Hi, just downloaded the manual. Give the a chance, since ist's visible on several pictures.

    Or assign your own IP with ARP -s [IP] [MAC]
  3. howardp6

    howardp6 Network Guru Member

    When you connected the WPS54GU2 to your switch, did you look to see it as a DHCP client under Local Host?

    When you hooked the WPS54GU2 to your computer, did you assign a static address to your NIC, Otherwise, the WPS54GU2 will not get a IP Address. If you have done this go to your browser and type in the IP Address. You should get the Web interface of your printserver.

    I do not recommend using the Web interface to set it up, ubder firmware 6032, the Web interface is problematic.

    I have always used the setup wizard or the Biadmin Management Utility to set up the printserver.

    If you successfull connected your printserver run the Biadmin Management Utility. It will scan for the printserver. If it does not sacn again. If iit finds it, select it and select the "MAIN" option on the Menu Bar and select "Configure..."
    The printserver will prompt you for a password. Type in the default password "admin" in lowercase. I suggest you change it.

    This will get you to the configure menu. You can change the name of the printserver and select the communification Protocol used to communicate with the printserver. If you change any of the setting the unit will save the setting and hourglass will appear.

    Select the "TCP/IP" tab. Set the printserver to DHCP or static address. If you select a static address pick one outside the range of the IP Addresses assigned by your router.

    I am assuming you want to use it as a wireless printserver. Select the Wireless Tab. Select the "Wireless" tab. You can set the SSID, Channel, "WEP" or "Disabled", "Open" or "Shared Key", "Key Length" and the "Encription key" to match yur wireless router. Linksys uses hex and not ASCII. So if your router uses ASCII change the value into HEX".

    After making all your setting. Select "Init Device" on the menubar and select "Reset Device".

    You must disconnect the printserver from both the cable and power setting at this point for at least thirty seconds.

    If you have not enabled MAC address filtering on your router. The Power and "WLAN" led should be on, with the "WLAN" LED blinking. You need to connect the printer and configure the ports on the printserver.
  4. helsten2

    helsten2 Network Guru Member

    1. Yes, I tried to use the IP address which can be seen in the Users Manual. Doesn't work.

    2. Yes, I have checked the Status screen on my DHCP server to see if an unknow device is showing up. Nothing.

    3. Yes, I used a static IP for my NIC when I plugged the Print server directly to my machine. But the address will by dropped by the adapter since it is not connected to something 'good'.

    4. Neither the Setup Wizard nor the Bi-Admin tool is able to detect the print server.

    5. I also tried to RESET the print server. NOP.

    Now, what do I do?
  5. howardp6

    howardp6 Network Guru Member

    It may be defective, it si probably DOA return it if you can.
  6. helsten2

    helsten2 Network Guru Member

    I did one final attempt.

    I had an old router (DHCP server) and connected my PC and the Printerserver. Only these two ...
    And voila, Bi-Admin could find the server this time ...
    It was configured to use DHCP as default so I don't understand why I couldn't see it before ....
    Anyway, I configured it use a FIXED addess on my network. I also confugred the wireless stuff in case I wanted to use that feature.

    Well, now it should work, shouldn't it?

    NOP Bi-Adin cannot see the server anymore (even on my mini-LAN). Does not show up when I hook it up to my 'normal' network and won't use my wireless AP either ...

    What a piece of SH....
  7. Dman

    Dman Guest

    I am having similar problem with the WRT54GX router and the WPS54GU2 print server. I cant find the print server at all. however I can use it with the older B series router. I am guessing there will have to be a firmware upgrade to make this work?
  8. helsten2

    helsten2 Network Guru Member

    I am on Linksys only hardware : WRT54G and WRT54GS.

    And they are not exactly rushing out new firmware for this print server. Latest version is from 12/10/2003 (Version : 6032).
    Also: if I'm not able to 'see' the thing on my network - how can I upgrade .... ?

    I dumped D-Link for their poor quality - now I start wondering about Linksys as well ....
  9. howardp6

    howardp6 Network Guru Member

    Did you power it down for at least thirty seconds ans power it back up with the Ethernet cable disconnected?

    If you did so is the WLAN light on and blinking?

    Since you assigned it a static address, did you use your web browser to try to access it?

    Are you using encryption and are the keys that same?

    If you are using MAC address filtering dis you include the MAC address of the printserver in the allowed PC to access?

    I have NETBEUI installed, If you do not install it and if all your computers are in the same Workgroup or Domain and you set up the printserver wut a Domain or Workgroup Nameand it si the same as your computer, try going to My Network Places and see if yiu can see the printserver.

    The WPS54GU2 is difficult to set up, but once you get it to work, it is usually reliable.
  10. helsten2

    helsten2 Network Guru Member

    As I said before: I made a mini-LAN with a router, my PC and the WPS54GU2 - only these 3 devices. I was then able to access it from IE. Once. I changed the setup from DHCP to static. I also did configure the wireless 'stuff', but I was actually planning to use this thing wired.
    Afer I saved the settings I have not been able to connect to the box, even on my mini-LAN...

    And yes, the wireless led is blkinking - but I cannot see the device listed anywhere - neither AP nor router.

    I also swithced of WEP and MAC filtering .... Didn't help

    Now the 'thing' is collecting dust ....
  11. vake

    vake Network Guru Member

    Hi man, I just bought this print server today and yes, it's really frustrating.
    But I'm almost done!!
    try the following steps

    unplug everything from the print server
    push and hold reset then plug in power at the same time, then hold for 15 seconds
    release reset button then wait 5 seconds
    unplug power
    connect ethernet cable
    power off printer
    connect printer usb
    power on printer
    plug in print server power
    check the address of print server from wireless router interface
    go to http://printserver-ip/

    user: (blank)
    pwd: admin

    you're in!!

    change password/device name

    login as admin/newpassword

    change wireless settings and set static ip

    exit interface

    relogon by connecting to the specified static ip

    check if everything's all set.

    unplug ethernet cable

    unplug the power for couple seconds (5sec), plug the power on.

    ping the specified static ip address, should get the response.

    browser the ip address

    click status -> printer -> print test page.

    I get the test page but I still can't print from my laptop/desktop.
    I'll keep working on it!!
  12. vake

    vake Network Guru Member

    Ok, I got it working!! What a great achievement!!

    ...continue from my previous post...

    pop-in the installation disc and select "user install"

    enter printer driver setup

    you'll see 2 ports, choose the one that connects to your printer and click next

    click the printer from "existing printers"(the one you already installed when the printer was connected to your computer directly)

    click "connect", no message indicates that your're all set, click "close" anyway, you're done.

    open "printers and faxes"

    right click the printer and choose "use printer online" (windows xp)

    you can print the page now!
  13. helsten2

    helsten2 Network Guru Member

    Thanks for the instructions.

    Followed them step-by-step, but I cannot access the device (not visible on my network) ...
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