How do I set up my Wi-Fi All-In-One on a wireless Ad Hoc network (no router) without the network setup cable and software CD-ROM?

RELATES TO:


  • Wireless network setup (Ad Hoc Mode) using the LCD panel
  • Ad Hoc (peer-to-peer) connection (where a wireless access point/router is not used)
  • Setup without installing from the Epson software CD-ROM or using the network setup cable
  • These Wi-Fi enabled All-In-Ones:
    • Stylus SX510W, SX515W, SX610FW
    • Stylus Office BX610FW
    • Stylus Photo PX710W, PX810FW


EXPLANATION:


You can use the printer via a wireless Ad Hoc (peer-to-peer) network connection by using the control panel and OS functions without having to use the bundled EpsonNet Setup. This may be useful if you have already installed the printer to be used via USB or if you no longer have the bundled Epson software CD-ROM (which contrains EpsonNet Setup) or USB network setup cable.

Ad hoc mode is a method for wireless devices to directly communicate with each other. You can use this method if you want to print wirelessly from a Wi-Fi enabled computer to a Wi-Fi enabled Epson printer/All-In-One without using a wireless access point/router. For further explanation of wireless modes, see the following Related Article: Wireless Networking: Explanation of the available Wireless LAN connection methods

Note:

Ad Hoc mode will not work if you connect to a different network (such as the Internet) through the wireless adapter, as each wireless adapter can only connect to one network at a time.

Your computer must not be connected to any other network either through a wired (e.g. Ethernet) or wireless connection, as the setup may fail.


Getting started: Necessary software

Before you can use the printer, you first need to install the necessary software, such as printer and scanner drivers, to your computer. When connecting the printer to a computer for the first time, install the following software from the printer software CD using EasyInstall or Software List. Alternatively, you can download and install the necessary software from the Epson website.

Make sure that you have installed the following software before proceeding to the next step:

Software Description
(Printer) Driver Printer driver
EPSON Scan Scanner driver
Epson Network Utility Using Epson Status Monitor you can monitor printers on a network
EpsonNet Print You can create and manage a print port (EpsonNet Print port).
(Formerly EpsonNet Config.)


Note:
  • The EPSON Network Utility software is available for Windows only.
  • Note for Stylus SX510W/SX515W users: If 'EPSON Network Utility' is not listed on your product's download page for Windows 2000, XP, Vista or Windows 7, try installing the software from the "Network Utilities" listing for the SX610FW instead.


Setting up printer on a wireless Ad Hoc network - Using the Advanced Setup (Manual)

Follow the steps below to setup the printer for a wireless Ad Hoc 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.
    • Stylus SX510W/SX515W: Press Setup on the printer's control panel.

    • Stylus SX610FW, Stylus Office BX610FW, Stylus Photo PX710W, Stylus Photo PX810FW: Press the Home button on the printer's control panel if necessary. Select Setup and press OK.

      Note:

      PX810FW users: As your All-In-One has a touch panel, you do not need to select "OK" to enter the Setup menu, simply press Setup on the touch panel. This will also apply for most other instructions throughout this article which advise to press "OK" to enter a menu.


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

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  4. Use the Up or Down arrow button to highlight General Setup and press OK. Select Yes to the prompt to change network settings and press OK.


  5. Confirm the printer name. The default setting is "EPSONXXXXXX" (where "XXXXXX" is the last 6 digits of the MAC address). The printer name is used to access or identify the printer on the network. To use the default printer name, press OK. If you want to change the printer name, reenter the text using the arrow buttons and press OK when you are done.


  6. Select Manual from TCP/IP Setup settings.


  7. Assign a unique IP address and subnet mask to the printer. You can assign the IP address freely - make a note of the IP address that you assign.

    Note:

    When you setup an Ad Hoc network on the computer, you could assign a similar IP address. Example IP address:

    Printer: 192.168.001.101, Subnet mask 255.255.255.0
    Computer: 192.168.001.102, Subnet mask 255.255.255.0

    The Default Gateway is not required.



  8. Return to the Network Settings menu. Use the Up or Down arrow button to highlight Wireless LAN Setup and press OK.


  9. Select Advanced Setup and press OK.


  10. Select Manual Setup/Manual Wireless LAN Setup and press OK. Then press OK to the establish connection prompt.

    Note:

    When a memory card is inserted in the printer, a warning message may be displayed. If a message appears, check the message and then click OK.


  11. As you require your device (e.g. PC, laptop) to connect to the printer wirelessly without using a wireless router, select Ad Hoc Mode. For more information on wireless network types, see the following Related Article: Wireless Networking: Explanation of the available Wireless LAN connection methods


  12. Select Enter SSID.


  13. Enter an easily recognisable SSID e.g. EpsonNet. Make a note of the SSID, making sure you note down all characters in the case you have entered them in.
    • 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.
    • 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.

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



  14. You will now be prompted to select the Channel. Use Up or Down to scroll through the channel choices, select 11 and press OK.

  15. Follow the on-screen instructions to set the security settings. If you do not want to secure your Ad Hoc network, select None and move to the next step.

    Notes Icon Note:

    Depending on your network environment, there may be instances where you wish to use a security mode with encryption key.


    • If you want to secure you Ad Hoc network, select the security method you require and press OK.

    • You will see the "None" and the "WEP" options first, press the Down button to view the "WPA" options.


    • If WEP-64bit (40bit) or WEP-128bit (104bit) is selected, confirm the WEP Key Input Method.
      • Select Alphanumeric when the WEP key is 5 or 13 characters long.
      • Select Hexadecimal when the WEP key is 10 or 26 digits long.

    • Enter the security key you wish to set for your Ad Hoc network. Make a note of the security type you have set and the security key that you have entered, making sure you note down all characters in the case you have entered them in.

      WEP Key input WPA Key input


  16. When you see the Confirm Settings screen, press OK. You will then need to confirm the network connection settings.


Confirming the network connection settings

Select Confirm Settings and press OK.


Here you can confirm the connection settings. Press the Down button to view more information.




If you want to print a status sheet, press Start. Press the Home button to exit Setup mode. It's not possible to print from a computer when the product is in Setup mode.


Connecting the computer to the All-In-One and Ad Hoc network

  1. You will need to start by selecting the Network to connect to.

    Notes Icon Note:

    Ad Hoc setup on the computer varies depending on the computer's operating system and version. See your operating system manuals for information on constructing an Ad Hoc mode network.

    In Windows 7 and Vista, you can choose to connect directly to the product using the "Connect to a network" list. The Epson product will be displayed using the SSID that you entered in Step 1.

    For further advice on creating an Ad Hoc network in Windows XP or Vista, please see Related Article Wireless Networking: How to set up an Ad hoc network in Windows XP & Windows Vista.


    Windows: If wireless broadcasting has been turned on, the next step is to select the product from the list of wireless networks available on your Windows computer.

    • Navigate to the Wireless Network Settings.
    • In the Wireless Network Settings screen, the available Wireless networks will be displayed.
    • You will need to disconnect from any wireless network that you are currently connected to.
    • Click on the product in the list - it will be shown as the name that you gave it when assigning a SSID via the printer control panel (in Step 1 we suggested naming it EpsonNet. Click on the product's SSID and click Connect.

      An example is shown below for the selection screen in Windows Vista.


  2. Once the wireless network has been selected, close the window.

Configuring the printer driver port and scanner driver

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, follow the instructions below to setup your All-In-One on the network.



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.


      Notes Icon Note:

      It may take up to 90 seconds for your computer to find your EPSON AppleTalk or EPSON TCP/IP printer on the network. If you do not see the Epson printer name, look for NetworkPrinter (IP) or an entry with 'EPSON' followed by a number and '(IP)' e.g. 'EPSON4782E0 (IP)', and then click Add.


  4. The printer will now be added to the Printer List.

    • For Rendezvous printing, you can add the printer via Rendezvous in the main browser window. To print via Rendezvous, the printer and computer need to automatically obtain an IP address via the DHCP function. Locate the Epson printer in the list, check the 'Kind' is Rendezvous, click on the printer name to highlight it, and then click on Add. If a unique IP address has been assigned to the printer, add the printer via EPSON TCP/IP.

    • 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.

  5. If you have an inkjet printer, the setup is now complete. If you have an All-In-One, please move to Configuring Epson Scan Settings.

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. If you do not see the Epson printer name, look for NetworkPrinter (IP) or an entry with 'EPSON' followed by a number and '(IP)' e.g. 'EPSON4782E0 (IP)' in the Printer Name field. If you see such an entry, check that it has 'EPSON TCP/IP' in the 'Kind' column, and then click Add. Do not select the one with Bonjour in the Kind column.

    • 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.


      Notes Icon Note:

      It may take up to 90 seconds for your computer to find your EPSON TCP/IP printer on the network. If you do not see the Epson printer name, look for NetworkPrinter (IP) or an entry with 'EPSON' followed by a number and '(IP)' e.g. 'EPSON4782E0 (IP)'. If you see such an entry, check that it has 'EPSON TCP/IP' in the 'Kind' column, and then click Add. Do not select the one with Bonjour in the Kind column.


      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 instructions on how to print a status sheet see the Related Articles section or click here.)


    • For Bonjour printing, you can add the printer via Bonjour in the main browser window. To print via Bonjour, the printer and computer need to automatically obtain an IP address via the DHCP function. Locate the Epson printer in the list, check the 'Kind' is 'Bonjour', click on the printer name to highlight it, and then click on Add. If a unique IP address has been assigned to the printer, add the printer via EPSON TCP/IP.

    • 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 is added to the list in Print & Fax and printing is ready.

      If you have an inkjet printer, the setup is now complete. If you have an All-In-One, please move to Configuring Epson Scan Settings.


Configuring EPSON Scan Settings

  1. Open the Utilities folder (Applications\Utilities). Double-click on the ESS icon EPSON Scan Settings icon.

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


  3. Select Network as the Connection setting. The window changes. Then click Add.


  4. You see the following screen. The software searches for the Epson product on the network and displays 'Searching. Please wait.'.


  5. When it locates the product, it will display its IP address and the message 'Search complete.'. Click on the IP address to highlight it. Click OK.


    Notes Icon 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 which can be found on the network status sheet. Click OK. (For instructions on how to print a status sheet see the Related Articles section or click here).


  6. The Epson product is displayed in EPSON Scan Settings. Click OK again to close the window.


    Notes Icon Note:

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


You're now ready to scan and print.

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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 the printers folder.
    • For Windows 2000 and Vista select Printers.
    • For Windows XP select Printers and Faxes or Printers and Other Hardware, then View installed printers and fax printers.
    • For Windows 7 select Devices and 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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Configuring the memory card slot for use over the network

To access the memory card slot over a network, set File Sharing Setup to Enable on the printer's control panel and select Network. This setting is available via Network Settings in the Setup menu. You need to select Read Only. To make the memory card wrbtable, set the Share mode to Read/Write.

For help with configuring the network slot for Mac OS X or Windows, please refer to your printer's HTML User's Guide; section "Configuring the Network Card Slot" in Home > Networking > Setup Using the Control Panel and OS Functions.

Alternatively, see one of the following Related Articles for help:

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