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Wireless Networking: How to change the printer's network settings (Infrastructure mode)
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RELATES TO:

  • Wireless Networking: Infrastructure mode (networked via an access point).
  • Changing the connection method (wired/wireless) to Wireless Infrastructure.
  • Epson products with integrated Wi-Fi connectivity (no external print server), e.g. Stylus Office BX600FW, Stylus PX700W, PX800FW, SX600FW.
  • These operating systems: Mac OS 10.3.9, 10.4.x, 10.5.x, and Windows 2000, XP, XP x64, Vista, Vista x64.

EXPLANATION:


This article explains how to change the printer's network settings via the printer's LCD screen. You can also follow this article if you have previously used your printer via a local wired connection to the computer (via USB) and want to set your printer up on an Infrastructure wireless network.

Note:

A wireless access point is required for Infrastructure mode wireless networking. In Infrastructure mode, the connection between the computer and printer is via an access point. To join the Wireless LAN, the access point and all wireless clients/devices must be configured to use the same SSID. Home wireless routers all feature a built-in access point to support Infrastructure mode.


If you have previously set-up your printer on your wireless network the printer will have been configured with specific network settings to enable its use on your network. If you change any of your network's settings (e.g. SSID, security level and key / passphrase), all client devices that connect to the wireless network will need to be reconfigured. You will need to reset the printer's network settings and change them accordingly to work with the new setup.

Alternatively:

  • Reset the printer's network settings (via the Setup menu) and run the CD-ROM installer again.
  • If your wireless router/access point supports WPS or SES setup modes, you can configure this automatically.

Getting Started - Setup Requirements

  • SSID
  • Security Level setting
  • Encyption key (WEP Key or WPA passphrase). (An encyption key is not required for unsecured networks.)

For advanced users who want to manually assign an IP address, the following is also required:

  • Subnet Mask
  • Default Gateway
  • Printer's current or a free IP address.

How do I find out my network settings?

 

SSID

You will need the SSID of your network to hand. If you do not have this information, we advise the following:

  • Check the wireless router, sometimes this information is on a sticker on the underside of the router.
  • Check the documentation supplied by your Internet Service Provider (ISP) or the person who setup the wireless network.
  • Check the documentation that came with your wireless router on how to find out this information (e.g. if not the default, it should be available via the router manufacturer's configuration utility).
  • Contact your ISP for advice on how to find this information.

WEP Key / WPA passphrase & Security Level.

If the network is secured, you will require the WEP Key or WPA passphrase. If you do not have this information, we advise the following:

  • Check the documentation supplied by your Internet Service Provider (ISP) or the person who setup the wireless network.
  • Check the documentation that came with your wireless router on how to find out this information (e.g. if not the default, it should be available via a config utility).

Advanced Users only:

Windows IP configuration

You can find details of the Windows IP configuration by using the following procedure:

  1. Click Start > Run.
  2. In the Run box enter cmd then press OK.
  3. At the command prompt, type ipconfig then press the Enter / Return key on your keyboard.
  4. This will tell you the IP address of your computer on the network, and other details of the Local Area Network (LAN) connection: DNS Suffix, Subnet Mask, and Default Gateway.

Printer IP address

This is only required if you have specified an IP address when previously using the printer on the wireless network. Otherwise, an IP address is automatically assigned to the printer by the broadband router / access point. If you already know an available IP address, you do not need to print a status sheet.

If you need to find out the current IP address being used by the printer: Press the Setup button, select Network Settings, then select Confirm Network Settings.

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General Network Setup:


This section explains how to set the printer name, TCP/IP, DNS server and proxy server required for network connection.

  1. Power on the printer.

    Note:

    • Do not turn off the power or unplug the printer while making settings on the control panel.
    • Setting network while accessing the memory card may interrupt access.

  2. Enter the Setup mode.
  3. Select Network Settings.
  4. Select General Network Setup.
  5. Confirm the printer name.

    The printer name is used to access or identify the printer on the network.

    Note:

    The default setting is 'EPSONXXXXXX' (X: Last 6 digits of the MAC address). To change the printer name, retype the text.

  6. Set TCP/IP Address settings.

    Normally, the broadband router or access point will automatically allocate a IP address to the printer. To use this option, select Auto.

    Note:

    To assign a unique or static IP address to the printer, select Manual, and enter the IP address, Subnet Mask and Default Gateway. These details can be gained from the network status sheet and from the Windows IP Configuration command.

  7. Set the DNS server.

    Normally, the broadband router or access point will automatically allocate a DNS server address to the printer. To use this option, select Auto.

    Note:

    To specify the DNS server address, select Manual, and enter the Primary DNS Server and Secondary DNS Server addresses.


  8. Set the proxy server address.

    Select Do Not Use.

    Note:

    To use the proxy server, select Use, and enter the Proxy Server address and Port.

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Connect the printer to a wireless network


Note:

  • When using a Wireless LAN, set security such as WEP or WPA. On an unprotected network, your data may be vulnerable to third party wiretapping, etc.
  • Do not turn off the power or unplug the printer while making settings on the control panel. Doing so may cause the printer to malfunction.
  • Do not change network settings while accessing the memory card.
  • When Wireless LAN is set to 'Enable', the printer cannot be used on a wired LAN.

  1. Ensure the printer is powered on.

  2. Press the Setup button on the printer's control panel. The item which will be presented on the Setup menu will be Ink Levels:

  3. Press the Left or Right arrow button until Network Settings is highlighted. Press the OK button to select it.

  4. In Network Settings, use the Up or Down arrow button to highlight Wireless LAN Setup, and then press the OK button.

  5. You will receive a prompt "Network settings will be changed. Network may be disconnected. Continue?"; highlight Yes and press OK.

  6. You will be prompted to 'Enable' or 'Disable' Wireless LAN. Highlight Enable, and then press the OK button.




  7. Select Search SSID.

    Note:

    To enter the SSID manually, select Enter SSID instead and enter the SSID. If the network SSID is hidden then it will not be shown in the list and you will need to enter the SSID manually.

    Use the Up or Down arrow button to assign a character (e.g. a letter or number) in each character field, using the Right arrow button to move to the next character field.

    EpsonNet is used as an example only in the screenshot below.


    Once you have input the full SSID, press the OK button.

    • You can use the Menu button to change between character sets i.e. ABC, abc, 123.
    • To go back to a character input field, use the Left arrow button. Press [-] to delete a character.


  8. When selecting 'Search SSID', the printer will search for any available broadcasting networks and display them in a list. Select the SSID (network name) you would like to connect to.

    Note:

    • If no SSID appears, check whether the access point is available for communication.
    • If the SSID is hidden for security reasons, press the Back button to return to the previous step, and enter the SSID manually.

      You will need the SSID of your network to hand. If you do not have this information, we advise the following:

      • Check the router, some times this information is on a sticker on the underneath of the router.
      • Check the documentation supplied by your Internet Service Provider (ISP) or the person who setup the wireless network.
      • Contact your ISP to obtain guidance on how to find this information.


  9. Select the correct security method, WEP-64bit (40bit) or WEP-128bit (104bit) or WPA-PSK (TKIP) or WPA-PSK (AES). If your network is open, select None Use the Up or Down arrow button to highlight the Security mode. Press OK to continue.


  10. Type the WEP Key or WPA password / passphrase.

    • If WEP-64bit (40bit) or WEP-128bit (104bit) is selected:
      Select Alphanumeric when the WEP Key is 5 or 13 characters long.
      Select Hexadecimal when the WEP Key is 10 or 26 digits long.
      Type the WEP Key and press OK.

    • If WPA-PSK (TKIP) or WPA-PSK (AES) is selected:
      Type the WPA passphrase and press OK.

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Confirming network connection

When the settings are complete, verify that the printer is connected to the network.

  1. Enter the Setup mode.
  2. Select Network Settings.
  3. Select Confirm Network Settings.
  4. Confirm the connection status. Make a note of the printer's IP Address, displayed here, as you may require it later.
  5. If you want to print a status sheet, press Start.
  6. Press the Home button to exit Setup mode. It's not possible to print from a computer when the product is in Setup mode.

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Driver and port configuration

  • You will need to reconfigure the printer's port setting (Windows) or re-add the printer (Mac OS X). You will also need to configure the EPSON Scan Settings so the product can be used on the network.
  • For Mac OS X, click here for help on adding your Epson printer to Print & Fax to make it available for printing. To set up the scanner, click here for help.

  • For Windows, follow the instructions below on adding the EpsonNet Print Port and configuring Epson Scan.

      Configuring the printer port:

      1. Click Start and click on Control Panel.
      2. Open Printers or Printers and Faxes (in Windows XP, you may have Printers and Other Hardware, then View installed printers and fax printers).
      3. Locate your Epson printer icon in the printers folder.
      4. Right-click on the Epson printer icon and left-click on Properties.
      5. Click on the Ports tab.
      6. In Ports, click on Add Port.
      7. A window will appear with a choice of ports to add, click on EpsonNet Print Port from the list, and then click on New Port.
      8. The Add EpsonNet Print Port Wizard will appear, displaying a list of printers detected on the network. Select the target device (printer or All-In-One) from the list, and then click Next. If the target device is not in the list, click Search Again.
      9. The summary of the device and port will be displayed, the default Port Type is IP Address (Manual), this can be changed as required. Click Finish.
      10. It will return to the Add Port window, click Close.
      11. In the Ports window, locate the port you added - it should display the port name or IP address. Click into the checkbox beside it to select it, and then click on Apply to set the port.
      12. The printer driver should now be configured, try printing a Test Page from the General tab to test this.
      13. Click OK to close the printer Properties window.

        Note:

        If you do not have the choice of EpsonNet Print Port, this means that EpsonNet Print and EpsonNet Config have not been installed. We recommend using the EpsonNet Print Port, and EpsonNet Print and EpsonNet Config can be downloaded from the Epson support website or installed from the Epson Software CD-ROM.

        Alternatively, you can select Standard TCP/IP Port, and then click New Port... The Add Standard TCP/IP Printer Port Wizard window will appear. Click on Next. Enter the printer's IP address into the printer name or IP address field. The IP address will also be entered as the port name, which can be changed if preferred. Click Next. Windows will attempt to check the given IP address. Once complete, click Finish. Follow step 9 and onwards (above) to complete the port configuration.

      Configuring Epson Scan Settings:

      1. Click on Start > All Programs > EPSON Scan > EPSON Scan Settings.


      2. If you receive an error message e.g. "EPSON Scan cannot be started", click 'No'.


      3. The EPSON Scan Settings window will open. Change the Connection to Network.

      4. The window changes. Click on Add.


      5. The Add window will open and it will attempt to search for the scanner on the network. Any detected scanners or All-In-Ones will be displayed under Search for addresses. Wait for the search to end. Your All-In-One can be identified by the 'IP Address'.
      6. Click on the entry for your All-In-One and click on OK.


        Note:

        If the scanner is not detected, check the connection and click Retry. Ensure that Epson Scan and Epson Scan Settings are added to your firewall's 'allowed programs' or 'exceptions' list. If you are using the Windows Firewall in Windows XP/Vista, click here for guidance.

        Select 'Enter address' to manually enter the IP address if the All-In-One is not found. Entering the IP address directly disables the IP Address auto-follow function.


      7. If you would like to rename the scanner (the default name is Scanner1), click on Edit, enter a name, and then click OK. Click the scanner, then click Test.
      8. Verify that the The connection test was successful and the scanner name is displayed, and click OK to close the window and save the settings.


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File ID:372853
Release Date:14 September 2011


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