How to change the printer wireless connectivity to Ad hoc mode (Windows)

RELATES TO:

  • Wireless Networking: Ad Hoc mode
  • Epson All-In-One products with integrated Wi-Fi connectivity (no external print server):
    Stylus Office BX600FW, Stylus Photo PX700W, PX800FW, Stylus SX600FW

EXPLANATION:

This article explains how to change your printer's wireless connectivity to Ad Hoc wireless mode.

Note:

This article is for All-In-One products with an LCD panel and a

 

 

If you are installing your printer for the first time, set the printer up first and then use the installer from the Epson website.

 

Note:

Ad Hoc mode will not work if you need to connect to a different network through the wireless adapter when using the printer in Ad Hoc mode. A wireless adapter can only connect to one network at a time.

For example, if your computer's wireless adapter is used to connect to the Internet through a router on an Infrastructure network, you cannot remain connected to that network and connect to an Ad Hoc network.

 

Step One: Set up the printer

 

  1. Ensure the printer is powered on.
  2. Press the Home button on the printer's control panel if necessary. Press the Left or Right button to select Setup. Press OK.

  3. The first item in the Setup menu is 'Ink Levels'.

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

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

  6. You will receive a prompt "Network settings will be changed. Network may be disconnected. Continue?". Highlight Yes and press OK.

  7. You will be prompted to 'Enable' or 'Disable' wireless LAN. Press the Up or Down button to select Enable, then press the OK button.

  8. In the Wireless LAN Setup menu, press the Up or Down button to highlight Manual Wireless LAN Setup, and then press OK.

  9. You will receive a Warning prompt, "Do not use a memory card until network setup is complete". Use the Up or Down button to select Yes and press OK to proceed.

  10. Set the Communication Mode. Use the Up or Down button to select Ad Hoc Mode, and then press OK.

  11. Select Enter SSID. Enter an easily recognisable SSID e.g. EpsonNet.
    Use the Up or Down button to assign a character (e.g. a letter or number) in each character field, using the Right button to move to the next character field.

    Note:

    We suggest using something easily recognisable such as ' EpsonNet', however you can set the SSID freely.

  12. 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 button. Press [-] to delete a character.
  13. You will now be prompted to select the Channel. Use the Up or Down button to scroll through the channel choices, select 11 and press the OK button.

  14. Press the Up or Down button to highlight the Security mode. Select None for the network to be 'Open' (unsecured - Security Key is not required). Press OK to continue.

    Note:

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

  15. The Confirm Network Settings screen will appear, displaying a summary of the settings you have made. Check the network settings, and then press OK.
    • Press the Start button if you want to print a network status sheet.
    • Press the Home button to return to the 'Home' menu. You must exit the Setup menu to configure and print to the product.
     

Step Two: Set up the computer

 

  1. Ensure that you have installed EpsonNet Config from the CD-ROM. You can also download and install this from the Epson website. Ensure that you have installed the printer driver (and for All-In-Ones, scanner driver) from the product CD-ROM. You can also download and install this software from the Epson website. The computer should have been restarted if any software is installed.
  2. Open EpsonNet Config from Start > All Programs > EpsonNet > EpsonNet Config v.3.
  3. EpsonNet Config should display a list of all detected Epson network devices. Your All-In-One should be listed.
  4. Click on your All-In-One to highlight it, then click on Configuration in the toolbar.

  5. Locate TCP/IP in the menu on the left. Select Basic.
  6. Select the method for specifying an IP address to Manual. (You may have to change the IP address here to one that is not in use).

  7. Select Network from the menu on the left. Under Network, select Basic (Wireless).
  8. Select Ad Hoc as the Communication Mode:

  9. Select EpsonNet from the SSID drop-down menu (or the SSID that you set on the printer). You may have to type this in.
  10. If prompted for a password click on OK, leaving the password blank.
    Note:

    You can set an administrator password for the network settings to stop people changing them over the network if required.

Step Three: Configuring Network Printing

Making settings on the computer

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. Click here to view Microsoft's Ad Hoc network setup article for Windows XP.

 

You will need to configure the printer port for Windows. Follow the steps below to add a port using the Add Printer Wizard.

Note:
  • Make sure that the computer is connected to the network and the TCP/IP is correctly set.
  • A valid IP address must be assigned to the network interface.

Adding a port for a device assigned with a dynamic IP address:

  1. Follow the instructions for your operating system:
    • For Windows Vista: Click the Start button, Control Panel, and then Printers. Click Add a printer to start the Add Printer Wizard.
    • For Windows XP: Click Start and then Printers and Faxes. Under Printer Tasks, click Add a printer to start the Add Printer Wizard. Click Next.
    • For Windows 2000: Click Start, point to Settings, and then select Printers. Double-click Add Printer in the Printers folder to start the Add Printer Wizard. Click Next.
  2. Follow the instructions for your operating system:
    • For Windows Vista: Click Add a local printer. Select the Create a new port radio button, and then select EpsonNet Print Port from the list. Click Next.
    • For Windows XP: Click Local printer attached to this computer, clear the Automatically detect and install my Plug and Play printer checkbox, and then click Next. Select the Create a new port radio button, and then select EpsonNet Print Port from the list. Click Next.
      Note:

      If you receive a firewall warning for an Epson program or Windows Explorer ( explorer.exe), click the Unblock button, and then click the Search Again button to search the devices.

    • For Windows 2000: Click Local printer, clear the Automatically detect and install my Plug and Play printer checkbox, and then click Next. Select the Create a new port radio button, and then select EpsonNet Print Port from the list. Click Next.
  3. Select the target device, and then click Next.
    Note:
    • If the target device is not in the list, click the Search Again button to search the devices using new parameters.
    • Each column can be sorted in ascending or descending order by clicking the column header. However, Manual Setting is always displayed at the top of the list regardless of sorting.
    • If you want to search devices in other segments, click the N/W Settings button. Select the Specific Network Segments checkbox, and then enter the network address and subnet mask of the network segment for the search. Then click the Add button. You can also specify Time Before Declaring Communication Error.
  4. Confirm the information on the device's port you want to configure, and then click Finish.

     

    Items Explanations
    Port Type The following items are listed in the pull-down menu, and you can select the port type you need.
    IP Address (Auto): Configure the port automatically. If the IP address of the device is acquired automatically and the computer and the device are in the same segment, you can select this port type.
    IP Address (Manual): Use the device’s IP Address for the port name.
    HostName (DNS): Use the device’s host name registered in the DNS server for the port name.
    MS Network: Use the NetBIOS name registered in the device for the port name.
    Port Information The following items are displayed:
    - Port Name (automatically assigned according to the selected port type.)
    - Printer Model - Host Name or IP Address (automatically assigned according to the selected port type) - Protocol
    Finish button Register the port information to the system and close the Add EpsonNet Print Port Wizard.
    Back button Go back to the device list window.
    Cancel button Close the Add EpsonNet Print Port Wizard.
  5. The new printer port is created on your computer.

Adding a port for a device assigned with a static IP address:

  1. Follow the instruction for your operating system:
    • For Windows Vista: Click the Start button, Control Panel, and then Printers. Click Add a printer to start the Add Printer Wizard.
    • For Windows XP: Click Start and then Printers and Faxes. Under Printer Tasks, click Add a printer to start the Add Printer Wizard. Click Next.
    • For Windows 2000: Click Start, point to Settings, and then select Printers. Double-click Add Printer in the Printers folder to start the Add Printer Wizard. Click Next.
  2. Follow the instruction for your operating system:
    • For Windows Vista: Click Add a local printer. Select the Create a new port radio button, and then select EpsonNet Print Port from the list. Click Next.
    • For Windows XP: Click Local printer attached to this computer, clear the Automatically detect and install my Plug and Play printer checkbox, and then click Next. Select the Create a new port radio button, and then select EpsonNet Print Port from the list. Click Next.
    • For Windows 2000: Click Local printer, clear the Automatically detect and install my Plug and Play printer checkbox, and then click Next. Select the Create a new port radio button, and then select EpsonNet Print Port from the list. Click Next.
  3. Select Manual Setting from the list, and then click Next.
  4. Enter the device's name and the port name is automatically entered to the Port Name edit box. Then click Next.
  5. Confirm the information about the device's port you want to configure, and then click Finish.
    Items Explanations
    Port Type The following items are listed in the pull-down menu, and you can select the port type you need.
    IP Address (Auto): Configure the port automatically. If the IP address of the device is acquired automatically and the computer and the device are in the same segment, you can select this port type.
    IP Address (Manual): Use the device's IP Address for the port name.
    HostName (DNS): Use the device’s host name registered in the DNS server for the port name.
    MS Network: Use the NetBIOS name registered in the device for the port name.
    Port Information The following items are displayed:
    - Port Name - Host Name or IP Address
    - Protocol
    Finish button Register the port information to the system and close the Add EpsonNet Print Port Wizard.
    Back button Go back to the device list window.
    Cancel button Close the Add EpsonNet Print Port Wizard.

    The new printer port is created on your computer.

Configuring the printer port:

Follow the steps below to configure the printer port. The printing speed differs depending on your selection.

  1. Follow the section appropriate to your operating system:
    • For Windows Vista: Click the Start button, Control Panel, then Printers.
    • For Windows XP: Click Start, then Printers and Faxes.
    • For Windows 2000: Click Start, point to Settings, and then select Printers.
  2. Right-click the target device, and then click Properties.
  3. Click the Ports tab, and then click the Configure Port button.
  4. Make the appropriate settings for the desired port.
    • LPR enhanced printing: Select the LPR Printing radio button, and then specify the queue name (up to 32 characters). LPR enhanced printing sends a print job to the target network device without spooling all of the print data. LPR enhanced printing is faster than LPR standard printing.
       
    • LPR standard printing: Select the Confirm file size check box, and specify the queue name (up to 32 characters). Print data is spooled by the computer before being sent to the target network device.
    Note:

    When the print data size exceeds 20 MB, we recommend that you use LPR enhanced printing.

    High-Speed printing: Select the High-Speed Printing (RAW) radio button. The Epson high-speed printing port sends a print job to the target network device without spooling all of the print data. High-speed printing is faster than the other two printing methods.

  5. Click OK.

Step Four: Configuring Network Scanning

You will also need to configure the EPSON Scan Settings so the product can be used on the network. Follow the instructions to configure Epson Scan.

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 Settings window will change.
  5. Click on Add.
  6. 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'.
  7. 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. 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. The IP address is found in the Confirm Network Settings menu, and on the network status sheet.

  8. 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.
  9. 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.