Belkin Print Server deletes printer driver from client machines
Posted on 2006-07-19
I am trying to set up an HP 1219 PSC connected via USB to a Belkin Print Server which is connected to a Belkin wireless Router, which in turn serves 4 wireless clients, all running XP Home. The problem descibed below happens irrespective of whether the Print Server is hard wired or wirelessly connected to the Router.
I follow the Belkin Print Server installation procedure to the letter and successfully get a test page printed during the process. But as soon as the process is finished, the printer is deleted from the list of installed printers on the client machine(s) and the supposedly "networked" printer can no longer be printed to.
From the client machine(s) I can access the web interface of the Router (192.168.2.1) which shows the Print Server as a client (at address 192.168.2.x). I can also access the web interface of the Print Server (at address 192.168.2.x) and it shows the HP 1219 PSC connected and ready.
The only way out of this is to re-install the printer as a local connected printer on each of the client machine(s) and start again, but the whole cycle just repeats itself.
I have noted that the Print Server installation process adds a "Belikin Port" to the list of available printer ports, but this too disappears when the installation process is complete.
If I try and "add a network printer" at a client machine, I cannot "see" the printer connected to the Print Server. No combination of Print Server Name and/or IP address brings the printer into view. Neither can I see the printer under "my network places" or "my network connections".
If I try and "add a local printer" at a client machine and then select (or redefine, if not there) the Belkin Port, that does not work either.
This has been driving me mad, so I would be grateful for any help offered.