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I am trying to connect an HP Laserjet 2050x to our network using a Belkin Wireless G all in one print server. I have setup the print server to connect to the wireless network and attached the printer. the printer is then installed on the windows 2003 server and shared. This all works fine then for a while but eventually the printer will simply stop working, it will show up on the print server as disconnected, when i refresh the print server it shows as unknown printer. rebooting the printer and the print server will then allow me to connect the printer again using the belkin software however any jobs submitted to it will continue to fail untill the server is rebooted. this is not an acceptable solution as it can take upto an hour to get 1 printer working again not to mention the network down time. Can anyone give me some advice on this? can the belkin print server be used in this way? is there somethin i can do to get the printer working again after resetting the print server that doesnt involve a server reboot?
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by:hathehariken
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i dont have much experience with belkin print servers, but just as an experiment, can you connect the printer directly to your w2k3 server via USB and then share it, and see what happens over an extended time period....

the question in this case is, why do you require a separate hardware print server in your setup?

if you dont require print audit or quota, you can even connect it directly to the copper network via RJ45/TCPIP, bypassing all servers. just setup a WAP, i think you already have one/many in your network, and you are good to go!

do post back your results, so we can work forward to your solution.

cheers!
hathehariken
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by:CyberLex
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backing up that, except maybe for home printing I would not recommend any wireless printing. I tried it in our offices years back and all I remember is beeing frustated with similar issues you describe going back to cable for proffessional printing :=)
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thanks guys. I am with you on this being frustrating. Unfortunatly because of where the client needs the printer to be place it needs to be wireless. there is no way i can run a cable to it. i have tried connecing the printer via the usb cable and sharing it and it works fine. I have spoken with belkin and tbh so far they havent been much help. they have basically said to check my wireless configureation and see if it working. i have 2 other laptops which use this connection and they are not reporting a problem with disconnections. The strange thing is that when i configure it the first time it works fine, people can print to it no problem then suddenly it just dies for no reason i can find. my first post explains what happens then.
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does the belkin give a clear and steady ping to the server? use the -t option.

i would recommend a RJ45 to wireless convertor, instead of a print server...
the 2050x has a RJ45 port.

also a nearby WAP would be beneficial.

cheers!
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