I have a Dell 948 wireless printer and a Dell Inspiron 1505 laptop running Vista. Occasionally I have lost my connection to my wireless printer. Usually I pull the power cord of the printer from the electrically outlet, wait a minute or two, and then put the power cord back into the outlet. I can then reconnect wirelessly to the printer. I moved last Saturday, and now I cannot connect to this printer in my new location. I have tried all my tricks to restore my connection to this printer including the power cord trick and restarting my laptop, to no avail. This problem did not occur when I moved earlier this year. (I am on a different home network in my new location) I do not know what else to try, and I would appreciate any suggestions. Thanks!
Answer by trueb · Oct 06, 2012 at 07:10 PM
check to see if the IP address of the printer has changed, you should set up the router so that IP address is always used for that printer. that way all computers can know exactly where the printer is on the network
so check the ip address of the printer on the printer, then check the IP address that your computer is looking for.
Answer by geekomatic · Oct 07, 2012 at 06:51 AM
Go to "printers" & remove the printer. Then, plug it in & let Windows re-detect it & it will install it again. Assigning an IP isn't a bad idea- though what you're experiencing shouldn't need that.
As an aside, if your Inspiron wireless is Atheros, it's garbage. Mine constantly lost connection. I had to search the net to find the only driver for mine that actually functioned (the Toshiba one- which worked for a little while, no longer worked- even after a complete reinstall of Vista?). I even used it on a customer's laptop- same thing. His factory one stopped working & this one worked perfectly. Anyhow, if you need it, let me know?
Answer by bradto · Oct 30, 2012 at 09:10 PM
I have partially solved my printer problem by attaching the printer to my laptop via cable. I can now print my documents, but scanning still does not work. The scanning function on the printer still wants to send the scan wirelessly instead of through the cable. So I only have a partial solution.
Answer by bradto · Oct 19, 2013 at 10:01 PM
I found my owner's manual for the Dell printer 948. Under Programs, and went to Depp Printers, then to Dell AIO Printer 948. Then I clicked on Wireless Setup Utility. From there I found the SSID name for the network I wanted my printer on. I then entered the security keys. I then took off the cable for the printer. It now works great wirelessly.
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