How to set the printer up on a wireless network with a Wi-Fi Protected (WPS) button, PIN mode or SecureEasySetup (SES)

RELATES TO:

  • Installing the printer for the first time - Wireless Networking: Infrastructure mode.
  • Automatically configuring set-up with a WPS or SES compatible access point/router.
  • Epson All-In-One products with integrated Wi-Fi connectivity (no external print server):
    Stylus Office B40W, BX600FW,
    Stylus Photo PX700W, PX800FW,
    Stylus SX600FW.
  • These operating systems:
    Mac OS 10.3.9, 10.4.x, 10.5.x
    Windows 2000, XP, XP x64, Vista, Vista x64.

EXPLANATION:


This article explains how to automatically add your printer to a wireless Infrastructure network using Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) or SecureEasySetup (SES). This article assumes that you are installing your printer onto the computer for the first time.


You Will Need:


Before following this article please check that you have access to the following items:


  1. Epson wireless printer
  2. WPS or SES compatible Wireless Router (Access Point)
  3. Computer
  4. Epson software CD-ROM

Note:

A wireless access point is required for infrastructure mode wireless networking. In Infrastructure mode, the transmission 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.


  • When using Wireless LAN, set security such as WEP or WPA. On an unprotected network, your data may be vulnerable to third party interception, etc.
  • Do not turn off the power or unplug the printer while making settings on the control panel. Doing so may cause 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.


Follow the section appropriate for the mode that your wireless router / access point supports.

    Note:

    Only a small number of wireless routers / access points support WPS or SES automatic setup. Please consult the documentation that came with your wireless router / access point to confirm that your wireless router supports WPS or SES mode, and check which mode is supported.
    Note: WPS mode can use either 'PIN Code' setup or 'Push Button' setup.


  1. Automatically set up the printer with the router / access point

    Office B40W:

    While holding down the Wi-Fi button, press and hold the  button for about three seconds to make easy wireless LAN settings in WPS PIN mode.


    Office BX600FW, Photo PX700W, Photo PX800FW, Stylus SX600FW:

    Follow the section appropriate for the type of setup mode that your wireless router / access point supports:

     


      WPS Wireless auto setup:




        If the access point supports the Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) standard, security settings can be made automatically.


        1. Ensure the printer is powered on.

        2. Verify that the access point is turned on and communication is possible.

        3. Press the Setup button to enter the Setup mode.

        4. Select Network Settings.

        5. Select Wireless LAN Setup, and then select Yes.

        6. Select Enable.

        7. Select WPS Wireless LAN Setup.

        The printer supports the push button method and PIN code method. The procedure varies between methods.


        Note:

        It may take time for WPS Wireless auto setup to finish. Wait until the setting completion message appears. For details on the access point WPS function or troubleshooting, see the access point's User's Guide.


        Push Button mode setup:


        1. Select Push Button Mode, and then press OK.

        2. If the warning message screen appears, check the message and then select Yes.

        3. Press the access point's WPS button (or the corresponding button) to set WPS, and then press OK.

          Note:

          For the location of the WPS button, see the access point's (wireless router's) User Guide. Please note that in some cases this will be a software setting for the router rather than a physical button.


        4. When the completion message screen appears, press OK.

        PIN Code mode setup


        Note:

        The PIN code registration method varies depending on the access point (wireless router). See the access point's (wireless router's) User's Guide.


        1. Select PIN Code Mode.

        2. If a warning message screen appears, check the message and then select Yes.

        3. Register the PIN code displayed on the access point within two minutes, and then press OK.

        4. When the completion message screen appears, press OK.

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      SES Wireless auto setup:




        If the access point supports the SecureEasySetup (SES) function, security can be set automatically.

        1. Ensure the printer is powered on.

        2. Verify that the access point is turned on and communication is possible.

        3. Enter the Setup mode.

        4. Select Network Settings.

        5. Select Wireless LAN Setup and then select Yes.

        6. Select Enable.

        7. Select SES Wireless LAN Setup, and then press OK.

        8. If a warning message screen appears, check the message and then select Yes.

        9. Press and hold the access point SES button (or the corresponding button) until the SES light flashes, and then press OK.

          Note:

          There may be no SES-dedicated button depending on the access point (wireless router). For the SES button, see the access point's (wireless router's) User's Guide.


        10. If the completion message appears, press OK to finish setting.

          Note:

          It may take time for SES Wireless auto setup to finish correctly. Wait until the setting completion message appears. For details on the SES function or troubleshooting, see the access point User's Guide.


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  2. Confirming network connection


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

      1. Enter the Setup mode.

      2. Select Network Settings.

      3. Select Confirm Network Settings.

      4. Confirm the connection status. Write down the printer's IP address as you will need this later. If you want to print a status sheet, press Start.

  3. Completing the setup on the computer - Easy Network Setup



      The final step is to install the printer's software on the computer so the driver can be configured. Follow the steps below:

      1. Insert the Epson Software CD-ROM which was provided with your product.

      2. The Epson Install menu should appear. From the first screen, do the following:
        • Select the required language.
        • Check that the selected printer model is correct (change if required).

      3. Click Next to continue.


      4. Read the Software License Agreement carefully. To continue, click the beside Agree and then click Next.

      5. The next screen will check the install mode that you want to use (i.e. Easy Install, Custom Install, Single Install). For home users, we recommend that you select the Easy Install option.

        • All the software in the Required box will be installed as it is necessary.
        • You will be asked if you want to install the 'Recommended' software.

      6. Click Install to continue.


      7. The drivers and software will now be installed:


      8. Setup Connection Method: Select Network as the connection method, and then click Next


      9. The next screen refers you to the Network Settings manual, for more instructions to follow during setup. Click Next:


      10. This will launch the Epson Easy Network Setup wizard. Your firewall or anti-spyware software may display warnings during the installation.

        If a firewall warning appears for an SEIKO EPSON program such as EasyInstall, it is important to click Unblock or Allow to permit the Epson program as it is needed for the installation process. The installation will fail if the Epson software is blocked.



        • For Mac OS X:

          Configure your firewall software to allow network access for EpsonNet EasyInstall.


        • For Windows XP Service Pack 2 or later, and Windows Vista:

          When installing the printer you may see this Windows firewall warning screen. Do not select Ask Me Later, Block or Keep Blocking.


          Note:

          If you did click on the Keep Blocking button click here to view the FAQ for adding firewall exceptions to fix the problem.

          If you use commercially available antivirus software and see a firewall warning for EasyInstall, create an exception for EpsonNet EasyInstall to allow it to carry out network configurations.

          In Windows, the Epson program is located on the CD-ROM:  D:\APPS\EasyInstall\EasyInstall.exe.


      11. At the next screen, select the option "Set up this printer for the first time". Click Next.


      12. At the next screen, you will need to select the connection method. For the purpose of this guide, select 'Method 3 - Connect with WPS or SES (NOT SUPPORTED)'.


      13. You may see the pop-up message below. Do not connect an Ethernet cable. Click OK:


        If you see the following pop-up message, click OK to continue. This is a reminder that if a firewall message appears you must Allow or Unblock any SEIKO EPSON software required for the installation.


      14. At the next screen, titled 'Select a Printer', select the Epson product you wish to install and configure across the wireless network. The list will be populated with any products that are visible on the wireless network. Select the desired model and click Next to continue.


        • If you are part of a large network (such as a corporate network) and have multiple printers on the network, the printer can be identified by the MAC address.
        • The MAC address can be found on the printer's status sheet, or on a sticker located on the back of the product.

        Note:

        It may take up to 90 seconds for your computer to find the printer on the network. If your printer does not appear, click on the   Refresh button.

        If you see the message "The printer was not found" make sure the printer is powered on and check that the router, access point, or hub is on and Ethernet cable is connected properly.




        If this fails, restore the printer's default settings. Click here to for some simple instructions. You will have to set-up the printer again via WPS or SES so refer to the earlier guidance.

        Once setup, click the  Refresh button on the Easy Network Setup window.


      15. Once the printer has been selected and you have clicked Next, you will be asked to select the network communication type. Select Wireless, and click Next:

        You do not need to connect the Ethernet cable as this is a wireless connection and the setup has been completed automatically.


      16. When network connection settings are successful, a yellow or green indicator is displayed beside the printer name. When network connection settings fail, a red indicator is displayed. Click Next to continue.



        Note:

        If this process fails, the automatic setup may have failed. Reset the printer's network settings:

        • Reset the printer's network settings; click here to for some simple instructions. Then click Start Again:

        • If it fails a second time, your wireless router / access point may have MAC address filtering enabled. Locate the printer's MAC address (via a network status sheet, or from the sticker on the back of the product), then consult your wireless router / access point's documentation to add the printer's MAC address to the approved devices list.

         


  4. Easy Network Setup complete - Final Settings

    Follow the section appropriate to your computer's operating system. In this step you will finalise the installation and configuration of the printer or All-In-One. Failure to follow this step will result in the printer or All-In-One not being ready to print or scan.

      Mac OS X:



        Follow the on-screen instructions. When you see this screen, click Finish.


        After setting up a network connection, click Finish to close Easy Install:



        Now you can add the printer to Print & Fax. Follow the section appropriate to your Mac's OS version:


        Mac OS 10.3.9:

        1. Open /Applications/Utilities. Double-click the Printer Setup Utility.
        2. Click the [+] Add icon from the top of the Printer List.



        3. A window will appear; click on the pull-down menu at the top.



          Select one of the following:


          • For TCP/IP printing, select EPSON TCP/IP, then click on your Epson printer model and click on Add.

          • For AppleTalk printing, select EPSON AppleTalk, select the zone from the pull-down list, and then click on your Epson printer model and click on Add.


            Note:

            It may take up to 90 seconds for your computer to find your EPSON AppleTalk or EPSON TCP/IP printer on the network.


        4. The printer will now be added to the Printer List. The printer setup is now complete, so move to "Configuring Epson Scan Settings" to setup the scanner.

          • If you are adding a printer and see "Driver not installed", you may need to specify the type of printer you are using.

            • Try to add the printer again but do not add a 'Gimp-Print + CUPS' model.
            • When you see the Add Printer dialogue, click on 'Select the driver to use' from the Print Using menu, and then select the Epson driver for your printer using the instructions above.
            • The printer should now be added to the Printer List.

        Mac OS 10.4.1 and higher / 10.5.1 and higher:

        1. Click the [+] add button from the bottom of the printer window.


        2. The window that will appear first will be the Printer Browser.

        3. Connected printers with a valid driver installed should appear.

          • Click on More Printers. If there are no icons at the top of the browser, click on the icon in the top-right of the window.

             


          • Another window will open, click on the pull-down menu and select one of the following:
          • For TCP/IP printing, select EPSON TCP/IP, then click on your Epson printer model and click on Add.
          • For AppleTalk printing, select EPSON AppleTalk, select the zone from the pull-down list, and then click on your Epson printer model and click on Add.


            Note:

            It may take up to 90 seconds for your computer to find your EPSON TCP/IP printer on the network.

            If the printer does not appear, check the printer is powered on and network connection is possible. Failing this, manually enter the printer's IP address into the Internet address or DNS name field, then click Verify. Your printer should appear in the list, then click Add.

            If you receive a "Printer not found" error, check the IP address which can be found on the network status sheet.



          • For Bonjour printing, you can add the printer via Bonjour in the main browser window.
          • In 10.5.x, you may not have an EPSON AppleTalk option - you can add the printer via AppleTalk in the AppleTalk section of the printer browser.
          • If you are adding a printer and see "Driver not installed", you may need to specify the type of printer you are using.
            1. Try to add the printer again but do not add a Gutenprint model.
            2. When you see the Add Printer dialogue, click on 'Select the driver to use' from the Print Using menu, and then select the Epson driver for your printer.
          • The printer should now be added to the printer list in Print & Fax.

        Setup the scanner via EPSON Scan Settings


        1. Open the Utilities folder (via Applications\Utilities).

        2. Double-click on the ESS icon EPSON Scan Settings icon.

        3. The following screen ("EPSON Scan cannot be started") appears twice. Click 'No' both times it appears.


        4. Select Network as the Connection setting.



        5. Click Add. You will see the following screen.


        6. Select the IP address that you wrote down in step 4.

          Note:

          To rename the scanner, type a name for it in the Scanner Name text box.

          If the IP address is not listed, you can select the option Enter address. Type in the printer's IP address that you noted from the network status sheet.


        7. Click OK.

        8. Click OK again to close the EPSON Scan Settings window.

          Note:

          If the printer's IP address changes, you will need to repeat steps 1-8 to reconfigure the Epson Scan network settings.


        You are now ready to scan and print.


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      Windows:



      1. Printer Name: Check that the printer name is correct. You have the option to rename the printer - as it appears in Printers / Printers and Faxes, and the option of setting the product as the default printer. Click Next.


      2. The Status screen shows the final setup steps being completed automatically. Wait while the printer connects to your wireless network.


      3. Once all items are 'Complete', click Next.


      4. When the installation is complete, a green indicator is displayed beside the printer name and you see the screen below Network.


      5. Print Test Page: Select Yes if you want to print a Test Page to confirm the printer and connection. Click Next to continue.


      6. Installation Complete.

        The setup has finished and the product is ready to use. Click Finish, and then click Next.


      7. Click Finish to close:


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