Sorry but both statements are true.
Sorry but both statements are true.
Hello Broe23 and Itaregid
Thank you for the replies.
If it is possible for me to find out g and n access can be used "simultaneous" How Would I do that? Would it require a call to Xfinity or could a check be made on my laptop?
It all depends on the router - which we don't know yet.Sorry but both statements are true.
Open up the Gateway admin page and go to Wireless. Dslreports.com has a good FAQ section on their Comcast forum for the gateways.
You need to look in your router manual. What is the make and model number?If it is possible for me to find out g and n access can be used "simultaneous" How Would I do that? Would it require a call to Xfinity or could a check be made on my laptop?
Come on Dude! Do you really claim to know how EVERY router or WAP ever made works? Clearly you don't so PLEASE stop claiming they all work the same. They don't!No it does not matter the model of the gateway, Access Point or Wireless Router. They all work the same when connecting through wifi.
For example, if your wireless router supports Wi-Fi Protected Setup, like my Netgear and MANY other wireless routers and WAPs do, you DO NOT enter the SSID or passphrase when connecting new devices.
I looked at the Gateway admin page. Getting to Wireless part left me wondering. To the left of the Gateway screen was list that I could pick with a click. Choosing "Gateway" "Connection" then WiFi. On the right side of the screen were several list. One of the list was Device Name, and MAC Name. There I saw the name or description I assigned to the printer (Family RM). Under the MAC Name was something that started "ec:0e. It did not look like a IP address.
Is there some thing on the gateway page that might explain why the printer is offline?
You do not assign anything in the gateway for the printer. You need to make sure that the gateway allows for Wireless-g/n wifi connection. On your printer, you would go into the settings and for Wireless in the printer menu, have it search for the SSID for your Gateway. Then enter the Passphrase that is used to wireless connect to your gateway in the wireless menu on your printer where you did the search for the SSID.
Once you connect to the SSID for your gateway, the printer will show online if you go to Devices & printers as a Network device. You will also show the old Ethernet connection, but as offline.
Personally if the printer sits close to the gateway, just leave it connected via Ethernet. It will be a faster connection between the gateway and printer.
This will help you better understand wifi basics. Wireless Printing Center | HP® Official Site
See Page 5 on, for how to setup the printer with a wireless connection. http://h10032.www1.hp.com/ctg/Manual/c00591746.pdf
Other manuals for your printer. Manuals for HP Deskjet 6988 Printer | HP® Support
I only print documents in black, and hardly used my Officejet 4500 series, that I finally bought a Brother Laserjet. I think out of the three years I had the Officejet, I only printed once maybe every six months, just a couple sheets. The Brother HL-2280DW, also has a flatbed scanner, Wireless-b/g & Ethernet connections.
At 7 years old, your printer is at that point, that you may want to upgrade to a better one, or one that allows for iOS or Android OS direct printing, google print if you use Google Chrome on your laptop and take it with you. Those options will raise the price a little more. I paid $130 for the Brother with just the options it came with.
Thank you for all the web sights with the information. The printer is working. I missed a change in the IP address.
I did an un install and a reinstall. (Settings, Control Panel, View devices).
At the end of the reinstall was a box that said the IP address could change.
Before closing the last install box I pushed the button on the printer that provides the list with IP address and the URL.
The printer's IP address did change.
That last install box said to type the new URL / IP address in to the browser's address bar.
I did type the URL / IP address into the browser's address bar.
I clicked on the wireless 802.11 to the left of the first page and I followed the instruction listed in the network tab.
At the end of this was a test printer page. I clicked for the test.
Their was the test page sitting on my printer.
I thought it was worth the effort to get the WiFi working as the lap top is used downstairs, and the router is upstairs.
Thank you again and thank you for keeping me motivated.