ML-186xW Series Mono Laser Printer User’s Guide imagine the possibilities Thank you for purchasing a Samsung product.
This user’s guide is provided for information purposes only. All information included herein is subject to change without notice. Samsung Electronics is not responsible for any direct or indirect damages, arising from or related to use of this user’s guide.
safety information These warnings and precautions are included to prevent injury to you and others, and to prevent any potential damage to your machine. Be sure to read and understand all of these instructions before using the machine. Use common sense for operating any electrical appliance and whenever using your machine. Also, follow all warnings and instructions marked on the machine and in the accompanying literature.
If the machine gets overheated, it releases smoke, makes strange noises, or generates an odd odor, immediately turn off the power switch and unplug the machine. The user should be able to access the power outlet in case of emergencies that might require the user to pull the plug out.
Do not block or push objects into the ventilation opening. ► This could result in elevated component temperatures which can cause damage or fire. Be care when replacing paper or removing jammed paper. ► New paper has sharp edges and can cause painful cuts. Installation / Moving Warning Do not place the machine in an area with dust,...
Fuser units should only be repaired by a certified service technician. Repair by non-certified technicians could result in fire or electric shock. ► The machine should only be repaired by a Samsung service technician. Supply usage Caution Do not disassemble the toner cartridge.
During normal operation, this machine produces ozone. The ozone produced does not present a hazard to the operator. However, it is advisable that the machine be operated in a well ventilated area. If you need additional information about ozone, contact your local Samsung dealer. Power Save This printer contains advanced energy conservation technology that reduces power consumption when it is not in active use.
The United States of America only Dispose unwanted electronics through an approved recycler. To find the nearest recycling location, go to our website:www.samsung.com/recyclingdirect Or call, (877) 278 - 0799 Radio Frequency Emissions FCC Information to the User This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules.
Change or modifications not expressly approved by the manufacturer responsible for compliance could void the user's authority to operate the equipment. Canadian Radio Interference Regulations This digital apparatus does not exceed the Class B limits for radio noise emissions from digital apparatus as set out in the interference-causing equipment standard entitled “Digital Apparatus”, ICES-003 of the Industry and Science Canada.
PBXs of the European countries: In the event of problems, you should contact the Euro QA Lab of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. in the first instance. The product has been tested against TBR21. To assist in the use and application of terminal equipment which complies with this standard, the European Telecommunication Standards Institute (ETSI) has issued an advisory document (EG 201 121) which contains notes and additional requirements to ensure network compatibility of TBR21 terminals.
European states with restrictions on use: In France, the frequency range is restricted to 2454-2483.5 MHz for devices above 10 mW transmitting power such as wireless EEA/EFTA countries No limitations at this time Regulatory Compliance Statements Wireless Guidance Low power, Radio LAN type devices (radio frequency (RF) wireless communication devices), operating in the 2.4 GHz/5 GHz Band, may be present (embedded) in your printer system.
China only Regulatory information_ 12...
about this user’s guide This user’s guide provides information about basic understanding of the machine as well as detailed explanation on each step during actual usage. It is a valuable resource for both novice and professional users for the proper installation and use of the machine.
This help provides you with information about the printer driver and instructions for setting up the options for printing. (See "Using help" on page 42.) Samsung website If you have Internet access, you can get help, support, machine drivers, manuals, and order information from the Samsung website, www.samsung.com/printer. Downloadable You can download useful software programs from the Samsung website.
features of your new product Your new machine is equipped with a number of special features that improve the quality of the documents you print. Special Features Print with excellent quality and speed • You can print with a resolution of up to 1,200 x 1200 dpi effective output.
Network Interface 802.11 b/g/n wireless LAN a. Depending on your country, wireless LAN cards may not be available. For some counties, only 802.11 b/g can be applied. Contact your local Samsung dealer or the retailer where you bought your printer.
introduction This chapter gives you an overview of your machine: This chapter includes: • Machine overview • Control panel overview • Understanding the status LED Machine overview Front view This illustration may differ from your machine depending on its model. Control panel Top cover Toner cartridge...
Rear view This illustration may differ from your machine depending on its model. USB port Power cord receptacle Introduction_ 18...
Control panel overview This control panel may differ from your machine depending on the model. Jam & Online/Error Shows the status of paper jams in your machine and the status of your machine. (See "Understanding the status LED" on page 20.) Wireless Shows the status of wireless network.
Samsung cannot guarantee a non-genuine Samsung toner cartridge's quality. Service or repair required as a result of using non-genuine Samsung toner cartridges will not be covered under the machine warranty. All printing errors will appear in the Smart Panel program window. If the problem persists, contact a service representative.
Function Description Power On/Off Press this button to turn the power on or off. Cancel print job During printing, press this button once. The print job is cleared from both the machine and the computer and then the machine returns to the ready mode.
If you are a Windows or Macintosh OS user, install the software from the supplied CD and if you are a Linux OS user, download the software from the Samsung website (www.samsung.com/printer) and install. Machine software is occasionally updated for reasons like the release of new operating system and etc.
Requirement (recommended) OPERATING SYSTEM Windows® Intel® Pentium® II 400 2000 MHz (Pentium III 933 MHz) Windows® XP Intel® Pentium® III 933 MHz (Pentium IV 1 GHz) Windows Intel® Pentium® III 933 Server® 2003 MHz (Pentium IV 1 GHz) Windows Intel® Pentium® IV 1 GHz (Pentium IV 2 GHz) Server®...
Otherwise, just click Next and skip to step 8. 7. If the test page prints out correctly, click Yes. If not, click No to reprint it. 8. If you want to register your machine on Samsung web site, click On-line Registration. 9. Click Finish.
You must log in as a super user (root) to install the machine software. If you are not a super user, ask your system administrator. 3. From the Samsung website, download the Smart Panel package to your computer. 4. Right click the Smart Panel package and extract the package.
wireless network setup This chapter gives you step-by-step instructions for setting up the wireless network connected machine and software. This chapter includes: • Network environment • Introducing useful network programs • Getting started • Printing network configuration report • Choosing the wireless network installation type Network environment You need to set up the network protocols on the machine to use it as your network machine.
Wireless network name and network key Wireless networks require higher security, so when an access point is first set up, a network name (SSID), the type of security used, and a Network Key are created for the network. Locate this information before proceeding with the machine installation.
Wireless Setting program without CD. From the Start menu, select Programs or All Programs > Samsung Printers > your printer driver name > Wireless Setting Program 5. Read the License Agreement, and select I accept the terms of the License Agreement.
If not, click on No to reprint it. 15. To register as a user of the machine in order to receive information from Samsung, click on On-line Registration. 16. Click on Finish. Installing the machine on an Ad-Hoc wireless network...
7. After searching the wireless networks, a list of wireless networks your machine has searched appears. If you want to use the Samsung default ad-hoc setting, select the last wireless network on the list, Network Name(SSID) is portthru and Signal is Printer Self Network.
6. Double-click the Installer OS X icon. 7. Enter the password and click on OK. 8. The Samsung Installer window opens. Click on Continue. 9. Read the license agreement and click on Continue. 10. Click on Agree to agree to the license agreement.
14. After searching the wireless networks, a list of wireless networks your machine has searched appears. If you want to use the Samsung default ad-hoc setting, select the last wireless network on the list, which Network Name(SSID) is portthru and Signal is Printer Self Network.
After you have installed your Samsung wireless network printer, print another copy of the Network Configuration Report and keep it for future reference. You are now ready to use your new Samsung wireless printer on your network. If the wireless network seems to not be working, set all the network setting to the factory defaults and try again (See "Restoring factory...
Vista, you might need to set the wireless connection setting every time you use the wireless machine. • You cannot use infrastructure mode and Ad-hoc mode at the same time for Samsung wireless network machines. • Check if the machine is within the range of the wireless network. •...
Notification Area in Linux).For Mac OS X, see "Using the Smart Panel program" on page 49. Or, if you are a Windows user, you can launch it from the Start menu, select Programs or All Programs > Samsung Printers > your printer driver name > Smart Panel. 2. Click Printer Setting.
media and tray This chapter provides information on how to load print media into your machine. This chapter includes: • Selecting print media • Changing the tray size • Loading paper in the tray Selecting print media You can print on a variety of print media, such as plain paper, envelopes, labels, and transparencies.
1. Open front cover and pinch the paper length guide and pull it out to extend the tray. Because the machine is very light, it can move when you open and close the tray or install and remove the toner cartridge. Be careful not to move the machine when performing these tasks.
• Always load the use recommended print media to avoid paper jams and print quality problems. (See "Print media specifications" on page 67.) • Flatten any curl on postcards, envelopes, and labels before loading them into the tray. 1. Load the paper in the tray. •...
Envelopes Successful printing on envelopes depends upon the quality of the envelopes. To print on an envelope, the stamp area should be on the left side and the end of the envelope with the stamp area should enter the printer first in the center of the tray.
Exposed areas can cause labels to peel off during printing, which can cause paper jams. Exposed adhesive can also cause damage to machine components. • Do not run a sheet of labels through the machine more than once. The adhesive backing is designed for only a single pass through the machine.
If you are using Windows Internet Explorer, the Samsung AnyWeb Print too will save your time for screen-captured images or printing the image. Click Start > All programs > Samsung Printers > Samsung AnyWeb Print to link the website where the tool is available for the download.
Then a pop up window appears with information about that option's feature which is provided from the driver. If you want to search information via a keyword, click the Samsung tab in the Printing Preferences window, and enter a keyword in the input line of the Help option.
Printing multiple pages on one sheet of paper You can select the number of pages to print on a single sheet of paper. To print more than one page per sheet, the pages will be reduced in size and arranged in the order you specify. You can print up to 16 pages on one sheet.
If your machine does not have a duplex unit, you should complete the printing job manually. The machine prints every other page of the document first. After that, a message appears on your computer. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the printing job. Change percentage of your document You can change the size of a document to appear larger or smaller on the printed page by typing in a percentage you want.
letterhead, you do not need to load preprinted letterhead paper in the machine, instead you can just print the letterhead overlay on your document. Creating a new overlay To use a page overlay, you must create a new page overlay file containing your content.
Devices and Printers. 3. Right-click your machine. 4. For Windows XP/2003/2008/Vista, press Printing Preferences. For Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2, from context menus, select the Printing preferences. If Printing preferences item has a ► mark, you can select other printer drivers connected with the selected printer.
system or the application you are using. The following pane is the first pane you will see when you open the printer properties pane. Select other advanced features from the drop down list. Layout The Layout dialog provides options to adjust how the document appears on the printed page.
4. Change the print job properties using the following four tabs displayed at the top of the window. • General: This option allows you to change the paper size, the paper type, and the orientation of the documents. It enables the duplex feature, adds start and end banners, and changes the number of pages per sheet.
Windows and Macintosh, Smart Panel is installed automatically when you install the machine software. For Linux, you can download the Smart Panel from the Samsung website (See "Installing the SmartPanel" on page 25). To use this program, your computer has to meet the following system requirements: •...
Opening the Unified Driver Configurator 1. Double-click the Unified Driver Configurator on the desktop. You can also click the Startup Menu icon and select Samsung Unified Driver > Unified Driver Configurator. 2. Click each button on the left to switch to the corresponding configuration window.
• Remove Printer: Removes the selected machine. • Set as Default: Sets the current selected machine as a default machine. • Stop/Start: Stops/starts the machine. • Test: Allows you to print a test page to ensure the machine is working properly. •...
This tab allows you to maintain your machine by upgrading firmware and setting contact information for sending emails. You can also connect to Samsung website or download drivers by selecting the Link menu. • Firmware Upgrade: You can upgrade your machine’s firmware.
maintenance This chapter provides information about maintaining your machine and the toner cartridge. This chapter includes: • Printing a machine report • Cleaning a machine Printing a machine report You can print a configuration page to view current printer settings, or to help troubleshoot printer problems.
Samsung suggests users follow the recommendations below to ensure the optimum performance, highest quality, and longest life from your new Samsung toner cartridge. Store this cartridge in the same environment as the printer it will be used in;...
troubleshooting This chapter gives helpful information for what to do if you encounter an error. This chapter includes: • Redistributing toner • Tips for avoiding paper jams Redistributing toner When the toner cartridge is near the end of its life: •...
In tray Click this link to open an animation about clearing a jam. 1. If the output tray is opened, close the output tray first. 2. Open and close the top cover. The jammed paper is automatically ejected from the machine. Make sure to open the output tray before paper ejects from the machine.
8. Insert the toner cartridge back into the machine. 9. Close the fuser unit cover. 10. Close the top cover and open the output tray. Printing automatically resumes. Solving other problems The following chart lists some trouble conditions that may occur and the recommended solutions.
Paper feeding problems Condition Suggested solutions Paper jams during Clear the paper jam. (See "Clearing paper jams" printing. on page 55.) Paper sticks • Check the maximum paper capacity of the together. tray. (See "Print media specifications" on page 67.) •...
Condition Possible cause Suggested solutions The machine The document Allocate more hard disk space on does not print. size is so big that your computer for spooling, and try the hard disk printing. space of the computer is insufficient to access the print job.
Printing quality problems If the inside of the machine is dirty or paper has been loaded improperly, there might be a reduction in print quality. See the table below to clear the problem. Condition Suggested Solutions Light or faded print •...
Condition Suggested Solutions Background Background scatter results from bits of toner scatter randomly distributed on the printed page. • The paper may be too damp. Try printing with a fresh ream of paper. Do not open packages of paper until necessary so that the paper does not absorb too much moisture.
Condition Suggested Solutions Character Voids Character voids are white areas within parts of characters that should be solid black: • If you are using transparencies, try another type of transparency. Because of the composition of transparencies, some character voids are normal. •...
Common Macintosh problems condition Suggested solutions The machine does Printing the PDF file as an image may enable not print PDF files the file to print. Turn on Print As Image from the correctly. Some Acrobat printing options. parts of graphics, It will take longer to print when you print a text, or illustrations PDF file as an image.
How to purchase To order Samsung-authorized supplies, accessories and, maintenance parts, contact your local Samsung dealer or the retailer where you purchased your machine. You can also visit www.samsung.com/supplies, select your country/region, and obtain information on calling for service.
2. Pull the toner cartridge out. 3. Take a new toner cartridge out of its package. 4. Remove the cap protecting the toner cartridge. 5. Slowly shake the cartridge side to side five or six times to distribute the toner evenly inside the cartridge. It will assure maximum copies per cartridge.
• Hardware specifications • Environmental specifications • Electrical specifications • Print media specifications The specification values listed below are subject to change without notice. See www.samsung.com/printer for possible changes in information. Hardware specifications Item Dimension Height Depth Width Weight Machine with consumables...
Print media specifications Type Size Plain paper Letter 216 x 279 mm (8.50 x 11.00 inches) Legal 216 x 356 mm (8.50 x 14.00 inches) US Folio 216 x 330 mm (8.50 x 13.00 inches) 210 x 297 mm (8.27 x 11.69 inches) Oficio 216 x 343 mm (8.50 x 13.50 inches) JIS B5...
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glossary The following glossary helps you get familiar with the product by understanding the terminologies commonly used with printing as well as mentioned in this user’s guide. 802.11 802.11 is a set of standards for wireless local area network (WLAN) communication, developed by the IEEE LAN/MAN Standards Committee (IEEE 802).
DIMM Dual Inline Memory Module (DIMM), a small circuit board that holds memory. DIMM stores all the data within the machine like printing data, received fax data. The Domain Name Server (DNS) is a system that stores information associated with domain names in a distributed database on networks, such as the Internet.
IEEE 1284 The 1284 parallel port standard was developed by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). The term "1284-B" refers to a specific connector type on the end of the parallel cable that attaches to the peripheral (for example, a printer). Intranet A private network that uses Internet Protocols, network connectivity, and possibly the public telecommunication system to securely share part of...
Modified Read (MR) is a compression method recommended by ITU-T T.4. MR encodes the first scanned line using MH. The next line is compared to the first, the differences determined, and then the differences are encoded and transmitted. NetWare A network operating system developed by Novell, Inc. It initially used cooperative multitasking to run various services on a PC, and the network protocols were based on the archetypal Xerox XNS stack.
SSID Service Set Identifier (SSID) is a name of a wireless local area network (WLAN). All wireless devices in a WLAN use the same SSID in order to communicate with each other. The SSIDs are case-sensitive and have a maximum length of 32 characters. Subnet Mask The subnet mask is used in conjunction with the network address to determine which part of the address is the network address and which...