Non-Linksys Print Servers

Discussion in 'Networking Issues' started by joep96tt, Jul 22, 2005.

  1. joep96tt

    joep96tt Network Guru Member

    Has anyone had any trouble with using (non-Linksys) wired print-servers with Windows & the WRT54G ?

    I recently bought a Lexmark printer, and to avoid having to have any PC on the network permanently switched on, I also bought a Lexmark n4000e print server. This is a 100BaseT wired print-server.

    The reason I bought the Lexmark print-server as opposed to others is because I've got a Linux machine on my network as well as a little ancient old laptop which runs Win98SE, and the Lexmark was the only one that supported both Windows & Linux (if the others wuch as Netgear, D-Link etc do support Linux they don't mention it in their literature).

    Now, I know the print-server is OK, because I can print from the Linux machine. However I cannot print from the Win98 laptop when the laptop is hooked up to the network using the WRT54G (regardless of whether it's using wireless or wired ethernet).

    The weird thing is, that if I use a direct wired connection from the laptop to the print-server (using a crossover ethernet cable going from the laptop straight to the print-server) then I can print from the laptop. When I use the WRT54G for networking I always get a printing error (the print-driver comes back & tells me that there was error writing to the port on the print-server). This happens regardless of whether I hook the laptop up to the WRT54G using wireless or wired ethernet.

    I have tried several different versions of WRT54G firmware (even standard Linksys), using factory-default settings on the WRT54G as well as opening every port under the sun, disabling the fireall & all security on the WRT54G, and now I'm at my wits end. The only thing that I can put it down to is the Lexmark Windows print-driver & the n4000e using some weird network protocol when

    I am at the stage of throwing away the n4000e & hooking the printer directly up to the Linux machine & sharing it using Samba.

    Does anyone have any idea what weirdo network protocol Lexmark is using when inplementing what is supposed to be TCP-printing, & why the WRT54G would block it, even when it's going from one wired ethernet port to the other ?

  2. jgutz20

    jgutz20 Network Guru Member

    I had a D-Link wireless print server and the wrt54g with problems, some reason the print server wouldnt connect to the wireless network, encryption or not.
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