connect but can't print

March 13, 2011 at 04:03:29
Specs: Windows 7
I have just configured a second linksys wireless router to extend my home wireless network via direct burial cat5 cable to an office in a steel building next to my home. My laptop that runs on Windows XP connects to the internet and prints just fine through both the new (#2) and old (#1) linsys routers.

My two laptops that run on Windows 7 connect to the internet through both router #1 and #2. But while they will both print to my wireless printer while in range of router #1 (in the house) neither will communicate with the wireless printer while in range of router #2.

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#1
March 13, 2011 at 05:46:46
When you say 'wireless printer' are you talking about a network printer that can be reached through wireless network access, or are you talking about a printer that has its own wireless connection? On the first, you should be able to access it anywhere you have network access, but on the second you need to be within its own wireless range. If you have the second type, then you may be able to enable print sharing on a desktop within its range and install the printer as a network printer on the laptops, but the that desktop must be on in order to print. The other choice would be to get a network enabled printer (though if your router has a USB print server built in, you may be able to connect through that) and connect it through ethernet port on either router or a network switch connected to either router.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#2
March 13, 2011 at 13:59:37
My printer is a network printer that can be reached through wireless network access. It is in wireless range of router #1, but not #2. The reason I think this is Windows 7 issue is because my Windows XP laptop has no trouble printing through wireless router #2 to wireless router #1 (via cat5 cable). My two Windows 7 laptops won't print through wireless router #2 through the cable to wireless router #1. They do see the internet via that pathway. When both Windows 7 laptops are brought within range of wireless laptop #1 they both print just fine - XP laptop likewise.

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#3
March 13, 2011 at 15:29:49
It sounds like the change in pathway from direct through one router to through both routers is making the pickier Windows 7 not accept the path as the same. Try adding a second version of the network printer while only within range of the second router and make that printer default. Then try printing from there in both locations. If it works in both locations, you are done (you can delete the first one, or leave it as a back up print). If it prints in range of router 2 but not router one, you may need to select which 'printer' to use depending on where you are. Not ideal, but workable.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#4
March 13, 2011 at 16:00:32
Intriguing thought - I'll give it a try and let you know how we did!

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