Small office server setup

August 17, 2009 at 12:07:55
Specs: Windows XP
Our office is set up with a firewall, server and then a Wireless access point and an 8 port switch. I have 2 wireless computers on the access point and then 5 computers and a laser jet printer on the switch. also I have a repeater on the switch that allows access from two more computers in the warehouse.

Occasionally we have access issues, mainly for the printer. Is there another setup instead of the switch that would be more stable?

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August 17, 2009 at 12:14:27
You need to define what you mean by access errors.

What is the make and model of the switch and repeater?

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August 17, 2009 at 12:24:16
Its a Netgear Switch G5608. I dont know what the repeater is, its on top of the building.

The Printer, A HP Laserjet 3600n, is coonected via CAT5 to the switch and is set on an permanent IP address. We frequently cannot access it and have to restart it about 7 or 8 times to get it printing again.

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August 17, 2009 at 12:48:29
That printer is 3-5 years old. I am in the process of cycling those out.

Are you printing directly to the printer [lpr printing] or are you going thru a print queue on the server?

Only the printer is the issue?
Your switch supports gigabit. How many devices are connecting at gigabit?

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August 17, 2009 at 13:06:04
Truthfully your into more of a technical aspect than I know with the gigabit connections.

The printer is the major issue for us since we print all 8 1/2" X 11" there, including PO's, emails and MO's.

Occasionally the other computers cannot access the server, but this is very rare. once a month if not once every other month.

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August 17, 2009 at 13:06:27
And yes we do use LPR printing.

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August 17, 2009 at 14:18:38
on the printer click the menu button. using the down arrow keys go down to diagnostics. Print the error log and post a couple of the recent errors

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August 17, 2009 at 14:28:08
The last time the printer stopped working was this morning, I have one error for the day:

Event 54.0C.03 Halftone Calibration Error @ 4:07 PM.

The one before that is on 8/10: 41.03.00 Misprint Error.

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August 17, 2009 at 16:02:01
I suspect the issue is the printer. Do you have a local Print Doctor or similar on site service you can ask to come in and diagnose the printer?

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August 17, 2009 at 16:07:17
I am not sure, I will look into it.

My boss is now wondering if there is a simpler solution to our networking needs than we have, and I am not as tech savvy as he thinks.

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