(Note – technical entry. Skip unless you are trying to configure your Samsung ML-1630W to a wireless router)
I. Hate. Printers.
I bought brand new ink cartridges (of every color) for my Epson Stylus Photo RX-510 last week. I needed to print out a document that only needed black ink, but the stupid printer refused to work unless all the color ink cartridges had ink in them. What a scam. So I hauled myself to Sim Lim and bought 90 SGD worth of ink cartridges.
Today I fired up the printer because I needed to print 2 pages of a document. In black. IT DIDN’T WORK. I spent hours troubleshooting it and finally gave up. It was dead. Time to get a new printer.
Have you ever gone to Sim Lim while suffering from a cold? It’s not enjoyable at all. Trudging from store to store, asking about prices, trying to bargain, batting away all the flyers people are shoving at you… bah!
I bought the Samsung ML-1630W on the recommendation of a friend. It’s a monochrome laser printer.
Reviews of it on Amazon indicate that people have trouble setting it up on the network. I did as well. I resorted to calling Samsung technical support who, while extremely friendly, were horribly wrong in their assessment. They told me the printer was broken and that I should return it to the store.
So I rolled up my sleeves and figured out how to do it myself.
My network configuration – wireless router with WPA-Personal security, some laptops connected wirelessly and a desktop connected via wire.
To get the Samsung ML-1630W to connect wirelessly and configure the network key, you have to do the following:
- Connect the crossover (looks like an ethernet / RJ-45 cable) cable from the printer to a computer
- Disable your Firewall (Yes, it’s insecure, but you have to do it). Disable the firewall for all network configs (i.e. home, work, public)
- From the CD that comes with the printer, go to the Application folder, SetIP folder, and run Setup
- Run SetIP – you should see something like “SEC0015xxxxx” listed under printer name
- Select it and click “Manual Setting” (3rd button from the left)
- Enter the Mac address that is already displayed for the printer when SetIP first launched
- Enter an IP Address that is in the valid range of your wireless network (i.e. if your network assigns IPs from 192.168.1.100 to 192.168.1.50, enter something like 192.168.1.25)
- Enter Subnet Mask and Default Gateway (you can get these by going to the Windows command prompt and typing in IPCONFIG – then look for the associated IP addresses)
- Hit Apply – this will force the printer to always have these IP settings – you need to do this cause the printer is too stupid to work with the Dynamic IPs assigned by the router’s DHCP server… even though it’s supposed to!!!
- Disconnect the crossover cable from the printer
- Connect the printer to your router using an ethernet cable
- Launch the web browser from your computer
- Go to http://IPAddressOfPrinter (if you assigned it 192.168.1.25 you would go to http://192.168.1.25)
- Web page for the printer should load
- Click on “Network Settings” on the top tab
- Click on “Wireless” on the left menu
- Select “Custom” from Wireless Settings and click next
- By “Search List” click the dropdown and find your wireless network
- Go to the bottom and insert your network key
- Click Apply
- Unplug the ethernet cable from your printer – it should then connect wirelessly to the router
- Pump your fist in the air and yell, “Take that Samsung! Screw your technical support! I am a computer god!” And then realize you spent hours fussing over this and feel hateful towards all big companies and their inability to provide adequate technical support.
- Leave a comment on this entry if it worked for you. :)