Lost connections to printers via the router
Posted on 2009-04-14
I have a DynaLink RTA1046VW home router/modem running a wireless network with a single laptop connecting to it. I have an HP J6480 wireless printer which connected to the router and was accessible by my laptop and anyone else connecting to my network.
Recently it suddenly lost that connection.
I have re-installed the printer as per manufacturers instructions, temporarily connecting to it by USB cable, then went to add a network printer. However at that stage it tells me there are no printers on the network.
I then bought a Brother B&W printer and also initially installed it via a USB cable to my laptop.
I then bought an Intellinet printer server and connected it by an ethernet cable to the Router and a USB cable to the printer.
When I installed the printer server software and attempted to add a network printer, it also shows no printers on the network.
All other functions of the router work correctly.
I then swapped out the router and installed a near-new NetComm router and that exhibits exactly the same problems.
Why can I not see or connect to either printer on the network? I find it hard to believe that both my near-new routers are faulty. Could there be a fault in my PC which is running Windows Vista.
Both printers work fine if connected directly to the laptop by USB.