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07-18-2012 09:58 AM
os: windows home 7 premium
product: officejet 6500a plus
we are organizing a festival and everybody has a laptop that needs to print on the printer...
we don't have a router or network and try to connect 6 laptops ad hoc to the printer...
i managed to install the software on three laptops, ans print a page, wireless ad hoc, but now it says it can't find the printer anymore, though the wireless network connections say the pc is connected to the HPE710n.E5E3C5 network...
i can't connect to the http://169.254.227.197/ (webserver of printer) from this laptop...
so it completely went downhill...
on this laptop i was able to print one page ...
on laptop three i was also able to print a page...
but now also there it says "can't communicate with printer..."
is ad hoc only for one laptop at a time???
what solution do you propose?
can we make a completely wireless network with a wireless router without utp cable? and make a homegroup? and connect the printer to it with utp?
is the ad hoc designed to accept prints from six different laptops at the same time???
thanks for any solution! we need it real bad!
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07-19-2012 10:51 AM
With ad-hoc connections, it is really intended more for printing in a pinch without having the hassle of setting it up on a network. Or, say you have two computers and you have it connected through USB to one and a laptop that is wireless, you could print through ad-hoc from the laptop.
Honestly, I would recommend picking up an affordable standalone wireless router (Netgear, Linksys, etc.) and connect the printer to it (wireless or Ethernet, does not matter). From there, connect the computers to that network and you should be able to install and print without any issue. You may find the router might prove useful beyond just this setup or may be good to have if you plan on doing events like this on a regular basis.
The printer itself is not a router and communicting with multiple devices simultaneously can create a congestion in the connection causing problems similar to what you are experiencing when using ad-hoc for that many devices.
07-20-2012 08:49 AM
07-24-2012 03:35 AM
hi, everything works fine now, if we connect to the local network...
but we use 3G internet on a usb stick, and if we are on our network, the internet doesn't work anymore ... so
its OR connected to our network and able to print OR internet via 3G usb... is there a solution so both can be activated?
linksys wrt160nl cisco ....
printer is connected via utp to router ... IP 192.168.1.2 outside the dhcp range ...
"normally internet should go thru router..." but we are so remote in nowhere land we can only get 3G to connect to the internet and should be able to print wirelessly during festival...
start dhcp range: 192.168.1.100
end range: 192.168.1.149
any one has a solution for this????
are we mixing two things that cannot be mixed?
07-24-2012 03:52 AM
the ipconfig of the mobile internet is:
perhaps via advanced routing?
NAT is enabled
07-24-2012 08:37 AM
Most USB 3G devices allow an Internet connection regardless of the network connection of the computer. You may need to contact the USB 3G provider to find out why it isn't as most will connect regardless of the network connection of the computer. I would be very surprised if it really is one or the other.
I have been trying to think of a way to share the printer without the wireless router to get the 3G connection, but I can't find a way to allow all devices to print simultaneously without the router.
You mentioned the printer is connected through a UTP cable to the router. The Officejet 6500A does have a wireless setup wizard to connect to a wireless network if that is what you prefer (most routers have a wifi network by default). To use this, you can go to Setup>Network>Wireless>Wireless Setup Wizard. The first step after that asks for a WPS option. Skip the WPS and then it will ask you for the network password. The default network password, if it has not been changed, should be in the router's manual.