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Networking a computer to two PCs?

 
 
Reply Mon 22 Nov, 2004 04:52 pm
Hi, I am having the worst time trying to get my Xerox Phaser printer (a professional office printer w/ethernet) to network with my two PCs.

I hope you can help me out. Keep in mind that while I'm no expert, people tend to think I know more about computers than the average Joe (no offense to anyone named Joe). However, getting this printer to work is making me feel like a moron (no offense to anyone named Moron).

Here's my setup:

Compaq and Gateway PCs, both have Win XP Home.
Xerox Phaser 8200 printer
D-Link ethernet broadband router
Cable modem for internet service.

The internet was set up by the Comcast guy. Basically, the cable comes in from outside into the cable modem. The modem connects to the D-Link via ethernet cable.

The D-link is connected to both PCs by their respective ethernet cables.

The D-link is also connected by ethernet to the Xerox printer.

Now, The internet service works on both computers.

When attempting to print from either computer, it can't be done. Usually doesn't even have an error message...the document to be printed just sits out in Neverland someplace (no offense to Michael Jackson).

The printer will print when hooked up via USB. However, there's only one USB cable, and I have to unplug one and plug in the other to print from different PCs.

I'm so very frustrated that I'm thinking about uninstalling the printers on both PCs and starting over. But I'm afraid that I would screw something up then not be able to print at all which would be really bad for my business.

Thanks for your help.

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Jer
 
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Reply Mon 22 Nov, 2004 05:20 pm
General,

I'm guessing that your woes will be resolved by reading through the networking portion of this document:

http://www.office.xerox.com/userdoc/P8200/8200_Web/pdfs/8200networking.pdf
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Snowlock
 
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Reply Mon 22 Nov, 2004 05:23 pm
Connect the printer to an ethernet cable that is connected to a open port on the D-Link.

Access the router's firmware - and check if DHCP is on or off... If on, check the available IPs to make sure you have at least one address available, then access the printer's menu and have it auto detect an IP via DHCP.

If the router is not set to DHCP, statically declare an IP in the printers menu, then check the router to make sure the printer is communicating with the d-link.

While browsing the printer interface, look for "host-name". change this to whatever you want like "Xerox123"

Then go to your machine and type in the run box \\Xerox123

If done correctly, the machine should network to the printer and create a connection. all you need to do now is set it to the default, do that by accessing the printer & faxes in control panel
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GeneralTsao
 
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Reply Mon 22 Nov, 2004 07:39 pm
Jer wrote:
General,

I'm guessing that your woes will be resolved by reading through the networking portion of this document:

http://www.office.xerox.com/userdoc/P8200/8200_Web/pdfs/8200networking.pdf


Thank-you!
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GeneralTsao
 
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Reply Mon 22 Nov, 2004 07:41 pm
Snowlock wrote:
Connect the printer to an ethernet cable that is connected to a open port on the D-Link.

Access the router's firmware - and check if DHCP is on or off... If on, check the available IPs to make sure you have at least one address available, then access the printer's menu and have it auto detect an IP via DHCP.

If the router is not set to DHCP, statically declare an IP in the printers menu, then check the router to make sure the printer is communicating with the d-link.

While browsing the printer interface, look for "host-name". change this to whatever you want like "Xerox123"

Then go to your machine and type in the run box \\Xerox123

If done correctly, the machine should network to the printer and create a connection. all you need to do now is set it to the default, do that by accessing the printer & faxes in control panel


Thanks. How do I access the router's firmware? How to determine if it's set to DHCP or not? Will looking at the printer properties and the numerous network props show me this stuff?

Thanks again.
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Snowlock
 
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Reply Tue 23 Nov, 2004 12:26 am
Access the D-Links firmware by typing its IP Address within an internet browser- most are 192.168.1.1
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