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8.1 cant see wireless printer

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    8.1 cant see wireless printer


    HI. Just got a new laptop with windows 8.1. it cant find my epson sx510w printer but can see all wireless connections in my area any ideas

    Many thanks

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    Wynnum Australia
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    Did you install all the necessary Software and Drivers for the Printer on your Laptop ?

    My Canon Printer's were automatically found when installing all the necessary Software and Driver's and I assume it should be the same with an Epson.

    Is your Printer setup / connected via WiFi to your Router ?

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    PC should detect printer without software shouldn't it?
    Connection is just pc and printer. epson sx510w
    Don' t you think windows 8 is rubbish compared with 7!!!!!!!!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by dave01 View Post
    PC should detect printer without software shouldn't it?
    Connection is just pc and printer. epson sx510w
    Don' t you think windows 8 is rubbish compared with 7!!!!!!!!!!!
    No, you have to install the drivers for some printers to be detected. Windows 8 is not rubbish, compared to 7. Epson is one of those companies that you have to install the drivers, before the printer can be detected, or connect via USB to have the computer detect the printer.

    In order for Wifi to work. The printer has to be set up with the Wireless Access Point.

    Personally I really wish that people would quit blaming Windows. Just because the end user does not want to follow manufacturer instructions for a product.
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    Yeah, Windows-8 / 8.1 is not rubbish and even that Windows-7 is / was quite good, Windows-8 / 8.1 is much better / faster in a lot of things.

    Plenty users sadly judge an OS solely by the look of an UI and completely ignore what's going on under the hood.

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    Never seen any OS that wouldn't detect a WiFi if it's turned on, in range and everything working, might not recognize device but signal must be there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CountMike View Post
    Never seen any OS that wouldn't detect a WiFi if it's turned on, in range and everything working, might not recognize device but signal must be there.
    Yeah, but you still have to setup the printer directly on the printer, like the WiFi-Settings, Wireless-Key etc.pp. and then the Driver / Software is able to find it and install it.

    The printer finds in my case my router (and surrounding wireless networks) via WiFi and asks me to which one I want to connect the printer.

    In the next step I have to enter my WiFi-Key of the router to be able to connect to the router and then I install the driver's / software of the printer locally, where I get asked if I connect to the printer via USB or WiFi and after scanning for any WiFi-Printer's, the printer comes up and is usable afterwards.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TONSCHUH View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by CountMike View Post
    Never seen any OS that wouldn't detect a WiFi if it's turned on, in range and everything working, might not recognize device but signal must be there.
    Yeah, but you still have to setup the printer directly on the printer, like the WiFi-Settings, Wireless-Key etc.pp. and then the Driver / Software is able to find it and install it.

    Definitely, WiFi has to be on, should send SSID and other side has to be on, detect it and than drivers can be installed. On the other hand installing drivers before trying to connect to device might help, had to do it like that for my new phone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CountMike View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by TONSCHUH View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by CountMike View Post
    Never seen any OS that wouldn't detect a WiFi if it's turned on, in range and everything working, might not recognize device but signal must be there.
    Yeah, but you still have to setup the printer directly on the printer, like the WiFi-Settings, Wireless-Key etc.pp. and then the Driver / Software is able to find it and install it.

    Definitely, WiFi has to be on, should send SSID and other side has to be on, detect it and than drivers can be installed. On the other hand installing drivers before trying to connect to device might help, had to do it like that for my new phone.
    I can only speak for Canon Printers in that case, because I didn't use any other wireless Printer's yet.

    The way above worked so far on our Surface-3-Pro, Windows-7 / 8 / 8.1 - Desktop-PC's and some Windows-7 / 8 / 8.1 - Laptop's.

    I never tried to install a printer on our Lumia 920's and I'm not even sure if it's possible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TONSCHUH View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by CountMike View Post
    Never seen any OS that wouldn't detect a WiFi if it's turned on, in range and everything working, might not recognize device but signal must be there.
    Yeah, but you still have to setup the printer directly on the printer, like the WiFi-Settings, Wireless-Key etc.pp. and then the Driver / Software is able to find it and install it.

    The printer finds in my case my router (and surrounding wireless networks) via WiFi and asks me to which one I want to connect the printer.

    In the next step I have to enter my WiFi-Key of the router to be able to connect to the router and then I install the driver's / software of the printer locally, where I get asked if I connect to the printer via USB or WiFi and after scanning for any WiFi-Printer's, the printer comes up and is usable afterwards.

    That's the way I setup my HP wireless printer under Windows 7. On a reinstall of Windows 7 I had to install the drivers and software for it to work. It's a different story in Windows 8 though. No drivers needed at all. The printer is detected and installed in the background without me having to do anything. That's with the printer already setup to use my WIFI though.
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