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  1. #1

    This is a weird one


    Hi Guys

    lately, I have moved my laptop and desk to another room, and for some reason, I lost my wireless connection to printer, causing a nuisance as I had to carry laptop to printer for cable connection.

    So I gave up, and my printer is now next to laptop and I use cable.

    But this morning, I wanted to print from my Ipad, and it printed wirelessly, although laptop was still connected to printer by cable, ipad was connected to nothing?

    So I thought for the moment, I had solved wireless problem, so I removed usb cable from laptop to printer, this time it did not work.

    So I cant understand how/why ipad can connect wirelessly but not printer.

    I followed many tips on Google to rectify connection, but their step x step advice did not always follow on my screen, advice needed, as I would like to move printer.

    Windows 8
    HP Pavillion laptop
    HP deskjet 2540 all in one

    One last comment, if ever I want to print from my iPad, and it does not work wirelessly like today, can I connect my iPad cable to usb socket on laptop, and laptop connected to Printer?

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  2. #2


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    Linux Mint 17.2


    How far is the Gateway from the printer & computer? What channel is the Wireless network on? You may run into issues if the printer goes into a sleep state, which causes the Gateway to forget about it.

    The way things should be set up, is that the printer connects to the Gateway, Desktop wired or wireless to Gateway, Laptop wireless to Gateway. The printer should not be a Ad-Hoc device, that turns it into its own A/P.

    I have 25' aprox. between my Brother Laser & the A/P that I use for it, which is set for Wireless-b/g devices that I have in the home. My other A/P is exclusive to Wireless-n devices. Never had any problems with waking the laser up from a sleep state on my setup.
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  3. #3


    Quote Originally Posted by broe23 View Post
    How far is the Gateway from the printer & computer? What channel is the Wireless network on? You may run into issues if the printer goes into a sleep state, which causes the Gateway to forget about it.

    The way things should be set up, is that the printer connects to the Gateway, Desktop wired or wireless to Gateway, Laptop wireless to Gateway. The printer should not be a Ad-Hoc device, that turns it into its own A/P.

    I have 25' aprox. between my Brother Laser & the A/P that I use for it, which is set for Wireless-b/g devices that I have in the home. My other A/P is exclusive to Wireless-n devices. Never had any problems with waking the laser up from a sleep state on my setup.
    Hi Broe
    Thanks for reply, but answer is way too fast for me sorry.
    What is gateway,
    Don't understand "what channel"
    What is Ad-Hoc device
    I will attach situation, and router is directly below desk.
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  4. #4


    This is odd because the proximity of the notebook to printer should not matter. As broe23 noted, the printer should connect to your network (everything on your side of the Internet) via the WAP (wireless access point - or as he noted, the gateway device). So anything that can connect to your network, should be able to print, even if they physically located on the other side of your WAP.

    So maybe you need to better describe your network. Note the WAP is often integrated into your router (and is thus often called a "wireless router".

    Note you should be able to print your network setup directly from the printer's own menu system. Your manual says to press the Wireless button and the Start Copy Black button from the printer control panel at the same time. The printout should show your IP address of your printer. And with that, you should be able to configure your notebook to print to that IP address. In fact, you should be able to enter that IP address in your browser's address bar and enter the printer's internal menu.
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  5. #5


    Hi Guys

    solved it, simply reinstalled with HP cd, now working wirelessly, thanks anyway.
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  6. #6


    Great! Glad you got it resolved and thanks for the follow up.
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