i am trying to make a wireless connection from my sony vaio laptop, running
vista business, to a printer (canon pixma ip4300) connected via usb to the
print server of my wireless router (siemens gigaset SE551). i installed the
printer as a 'local' printer on a tcp/ip address, as per the router manual -
admittedly, the manual instructions were for winxp.
the problem: the printer comes up in vista as 'offline', cannot be changed
to online, and won't print. documents appear in the print queue but do not
print out - only sometimes when i restart the computer, the printer prints
out a page or two of whatever the last failed job was. the same wireless
setup with my old sony xp pro laptop works perfectly, and the printer works
when connected to the vista laptop directly via usb cable, so the problem
must be vista... i've turned off win defender and win firewall to no avail.
should i install the printer as a network printer? i have tried this but
windows couldn't see the printer - it could see the router, but not the
printer connected to it. but i've never setup a networked printer before so
maybe there is something simple i'm missing.
i hope someone can help as this is driving me crazy!