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    User’s Guide...

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    SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION. The information contained herein is designed only for use with this EPSON product. EPSON is not responsible for any use of this information as applied to other products.

  • Page 3: Table Of Contents

    Contents INTRODUCTION ......1 Wireless Networking ........2 Windows System Requirements .

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    Print Server Specifications ....... 55 Epson America, Inc. Limited Warranty ..... 57 FCC Compliance Statement .

  • Page 5: Introduction

    EPSON printers are supported: ® EPSON Stylus EPSON Stylus Color 980 EPSON Stylus Color 900 EPSON Stylus Color 880 This book provides all the instructions you’ll need for setting up the print server, installing the software, and configuring your system for wireless printing.

  • Page 6: Wireless Networking

    Wireless Networking The EpsonNet 802.11b Wireless Print Server is designed for use in a small office, home, or school network. On a wired network like the one illustrated below, the computers and other equipment share information and Internet access through a series of cables. router cable/ DSL modem computers...

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    The illustration below shows a wireless network that uses an access point. printer cable/ DSL modem If you don’t have an access point, you can still print from any desktop computer or laptop that has a wireless adapter. In the illustration below, both wireless-equipped computers communicate directly with the print server.

  • Page 8: Windows System Requirements

    An access point may be combined with a hub or router or may be a separate unit. For a current list of supported access points, see EPSON’s web site at: http://support.epson.com. Wireless adapters can be installed in a PCMCIA slot on a laptop, a PCI slot in a desktop computer, or connected through a USB port.

  • Page 9: Macintosh System Requirements

    Power Mac G3 or G4 ® OS 8.6 through 9.2 (Mac OS 9.2 recommended) If you are using Mac OS X, check the EPSON web site for driver updates and support information. Connect to the Internet, then go to http://support.epson.com.

  • Page 10: Where To Get Information

    Where To Get Information Use this booklet to set up and configure your EPSON printer and EpsonNet 802.11b Wireless Print Server. Please follow these guidelines: Cautions must be observed to avoid damage to your equipment. Notes contain important information about your print server.

  • Page 11: Setting Up Your Print Server

    Setting Up Your Print Server This chapter describes how to unpack and set up your print server. You can locate the printer and print server anywhere in your home or office. However, keep in mind that walls and ceilings will weaken the signal between your print server, computer(s), and access point, and that the print server must be within 120 feet of your other equipment.

  • Page 12: Unpacking The Print Server

    If the test page doesn’t print, check the control panel lights. See the “Problem Solving” chapter in your Printer Basics book for control panel guidelines. If none of the solutions work, contact EPSON as described on page 47. base print server...

  • Page 13: Connecting The Print Server

    Connecting the Print Server After you have verified that the printer is working correctly, you’re ready to connect the print server. 1. Press the P power button to turn off your printer. 2. Slide the print server into the base and press firmly to attach it.

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    Then turn off the printer, unplug the print server, and check the cable connections at both ends. Plug the server back in, turn on the printer, and press the test button again. If the test page still doesn’t print, contact EPSON as described on page 47.

  • Page 15: Configuring Wireless Printing For Windows

    Configuring Wireless Printing for Windows This chapter explains how to install the software and set up the EpsonNet 802.11b Wireless Print Server for printing with Windows. Once the print server is configured, you can set up the network port for wireless printing on other computers in your network.

  • Page 16: Preparing To Install

    To use the print server’s web-based configuration utility, start your web browser and enter the print server’s IP address. For more information about the web-based utility and XAdmin32, visit EPSON’s web site at support.epson.com. XAdmin32 also provides on-screen help. ®...

  • Page 17: Checking Your Network

    Checking Your Network Before you begin the installation process, do the following: Follow the instructions starting on page 9 to set up the print server, connect it to your printer, and test the connection. Make sure the wireless mode for your computer is set to you are connecting to the printer through an access point, or if you are connecting without an access point.

  • Page 18: Installing The Epsonnet Wireless Utilities

    Install EpsonNet Wireless Print Server Utilities 3. If you see a message about the Java Runtime Environment, as shown below, click Continue Click Continue You must install the Java Runtime Environment if it’s not already installed on your computer. Epson CD-ROM icon.

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    4. Click . You see the license agreement. Next 5. Read the license agreement, and click 6. Follow the instructions on the screen and click window: 7. Check XAdmin32 if you want to install it. Then see the XAdmin32 on- screen help for configuration instructions.

  • Page 20: Configuring The Print Server

    Configuring the Print Server After the software is installed, you’re ready to establish a connection to the print server and configure it for your wireless network. 1. When you see the Wireless Server Search window, click WP-Admin picks up the signal from the print server and displays server information like the following: This information appears when the...

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    You see the following: If you see the message Wireless Communication Failed, click OK, then click CONFIGURE again. If you continue to see this message, move the print server closer to your computer and access point, if you have one. Also, move it away from large metal objects and devices such as cordless phones or microwave ovens.

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    For descriptions of all the settings on the Wireless Server Configuration screen, see Appendix A. 5. For Boot Method, select 6. Do one of the following: If your network does not support DHCP ( IP Address box), enter an IP address that conforms to the IP addressing scheme for your network.

  • Page 23: Completing The Installation

    8. Make any other changes you want and click For example, you might want to change the Server Name to something that is easy to remember, or enter a password to limit access to the Configuration screen. 9. Continue with the instructions in the next section to complete the configuration and installation.

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    Once you’ve installed WP-Admin, you can change the print server’s configuration at any time. To start WP-Admin from the Windows Start menu, click Programs or All Programs > Epson Printers > EpsonNet Wireless > WP-Admin. Now you’re ready to set up a network port so that your computer can use the printer over the wireless network.

  • Page 25: Setting Up Additional Computers

    Setting Up Additional Computers After you configure the print server, you need to set up a network port on all the computers that will print over the wireless network. First, do the following: 1. Make sure you have installed the printer driver and utility software. See the Start Here sheet that came with your printer for instructions.

  • Page 26: Setting Up A Network Port On Windows Xp Or 2000

    Setting Up a Network Port on Windows XP or 2000 The process of setting up a network port is similar on Windows XP and Windows 2000. Although this section shows Windows XP, you’ll see similar screens in Windows 2000. Make sure you are logged in to the computer as an administrator.

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    5. Click . You see a window like the following: Next 6. In the Printer Name or IP Address IP address and click 7. Follow the instructions on the screen to complete the wizard. 8. Click to close the Printer Ports window, then click Close Properties window.

  • Page 28: Setting Up A Network Port On Windows Me, 98, Or 95

    You need to install the EpsonNet Direct Print Utility for wireless printing on any computer running Windows Me, 98, or 95. If you have already installed the utility, you can skip to step 3. 1. Insert your printer CD-ROM in the drive. You see the EPSON Installation Program window: Double-click here If the Installation Program doesn’t open automatically, go to...

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    4. Right-click your printer icon, and then click Properties window. Click the Details tab to display a window like the following: 5. Click on the Details tab. You see the Add Port window: Add Port 6. Make sure Network is selected, then click Browse .

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    You see the Browse for Printer window: Click to expand the network path 7. Click the next to and select your printer. (Make sure the IP address matches your print server’s IP address.) 8. Click , then click 9. To test the connection, click the Wait for the page to print.

  • Page 31: Setting Up A Network Port On Windows Nt 4.0

    Setting Up a Network Port on Windows NT 4.0 Make sure you have Microsoft TCP/IP Printing installed on the computer before you begin. Run WP-Admin and note the IP address and server name of your print server. Make sure the printer driver is installed, and the wireless adapter (or network adapter) in the computer is configured and working correctly.

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    6. Click to close the Printer Ports window. Close 7. Click to close the Properties window. 8. Right-click your printer icon in the Printers window and click Properties 9. To test the connection, select the If the test page prints, click If it fails to print, try the following: Make sure that the printer and print server are connected and that both are on.

  • Page 33: Configuring Wireless Printing For Macintosh

    This chapter explains how to install the software and set up the EpsonNet 802.11b Wireless Print Server for printing on a Macintosh. Once the print server is configured, you select and use your EPSON printer from any Macintosh in your network.

  • Page 34: Preparing To Install

    WP-Admin before you can use the utility. To use the print server’s web-based configuration utility, start your web browser and enter the print server’s IP address. For more information about the web-based utility, visit EPSON’s web site at support.epson.com.

  • Page 35: If Your Macintosh Has An Airport Wireless Adapter

    To use the printer in computer-to-computer (ad hoc) mode, create or join a computer-to-computer network. See your AirPort documentation for details. EPSON recommends that you use the print server with an AirPort Base Station or access point. With AirPort, your print server works more reliably in infrastructure mode than computer-to- computer (ad hoc) mode.

  • Page 36: If Your Macintosh Has A Non-airport Wireless Adapter

    If Your Macintosh Has a Non-AirPort Wireless Adapter Make sure your Macintosh computer’s wireless mode is set correctly. Set it to Infrastructure if you are connecting without an access point. 802.11b Ad Hoc If your adapter does not include an wireless mode to Ad Hoc adapter uses to communicate without an access point.

  • Page 37: Installing The Epsonnet Wireless Print Server

    Installing the EpsonNet Wireless Print Server 1. Insert the printer CD-ROM in your drive. 2. Double-click the You may see a message that you have an older version of the Java Runtime Environment on your Macintosh. Click OK to install the newer version.

  • Page 38: Configuring The Print Server

    Configuring the Print Server After the software is installed, you’re ready to establish a connection to the print server and configure it for your wireless network. 1. When you see the Wireless Server Search window, click Wait until you see server information like the following (you should not have to wait more than 60 seconds): This information appears when the...

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    If you see the message Wireless Communication Failed, click OK, then click CONFIGURE again. If you continue to see this message, move the print server closer to your computer and access point, if you have one. Also, move it away from large metal objects and devices such as cordless phones or microwave ovens.

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    Double-click the WP-Admin alias on your desktop, if you’ve created one, or double-click the EpsonNet folder on your hard drive and then double-click the . You see the Wireless EPSON printer port WP-Admin icon. Click QUIT icon. Turn...

  • Page 41: Setting Up Additional Macintosh Computers

    To use the printer in computer-to-computer (ad hoc) mode, create or join a computer-to-computer network. See your AirPort documentation for details. EPSON recommends that you use the print server with an AirPort Base Station or access point. With AirPort, your print server works more reliably in infrastructure mode than computer- to-computer (ad hoc) mode.

  • Page 42: If Your Macintosh Has A Non-airport Wireless Adapter

    If Your Macintosh Has a Non-AirPort Wireless Adapter Make sure your Macintosh computer’s wireless mode is set correctly. Set it to Infrastructure if you are connecting without an access point. 802.11b Ad Hoc If your adapter does not include an wireless mode to Ad Hoc adapter uses to communicate without an access point.

  • Page 43: Solving Wireless Printing Problems

    (about five seconds). Then press the button again to print the status sheet. If it still doesn’t print, contact EPSON as described on page 47. If the print server status sheet prints, but you still can’t print through your...

  • Page 44: Problems And Solutions

    Problems and Solutions Here are some troubleshooting tips if you are having trouble setting up your print server or printing over your wireless network. When you start WP-Admin, you see a message that Javaw.exe was not found. You must have the Java Runtime Environment installed on your computer to run WP-Admin.

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    Hold down the test button on the back of the print server for at least five seconds to reset the print server to its factory defaults. The print server’s green and yellow lights come on briefly when it resets. If you’ve already configured the print server, you need to run WP-Admin again to reconfigure it.

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    If you’ve set the Boot Method in WP-Admin to unplugged the print server, DHCP may have assigned another IP address to the print server. To check the IP address, press the test button on the print server for one second to print a status sheet. Then make sure the IP address for your computer is on the same network segment.

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    You are using AirPort in computer-to-computer (ad hoc) mode, and you are unable to see the printer port in the Chooser. If this problem happens frequently, EPSON recommends that you use the print server with an access point or AirPort Base Station. With AirPort, your print server works more reliably in infrastructure mode.

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    You want to use a password on your AirPort network. Because AirPort uses passwords that do not follow the standard for WEP encryption, you need to change your network password to a hexadecimal value. Follow these steps: 1. Create a computer-to-computer network without password protection on the Macintosh that you use to configure the print server.

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    For example: 7. Open the Chooser from the Apple menu. Select your printer icon, then click the EPSON printer port want, and close the Chooser. 8. For each Macintosh on your network, either select a connection to your base station from the AirPort Networks list, or join the computer-to- computer network that your print server is on.

  • Page 50: Uninstalling The Software

    Uninstalling the Software You may need to uninstall and then reinstall the software for your printer. For example, this might be necessary if you upgrade your computer operating system. Windows 1. Click Start > Settings > Control Panel Control Panel 2.

  • Page 51: Where To Get Help

    Where To Get Help If you need help with your print server, see the contact information below. EPSON provides technical assistance 24 hours a day through the Internet: You can reach EPSON Support at http://support.epson.com. At this site, you can download drivers and other files, look at product documentation, access troubleshooting information, and receive technical advice through e-mail.

  • Page 53: Configuration Settings

    Some settings, such as the Server Name or Password, you may want to change for convenience or security. If you contact EPSON for technical support, you need to provide configuration information such as the serial number and firmware revision.

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    Firmware Revision Indicates the version of the software embedded in the print server. This field cannot be changed. IP Address Address used to identify a node on a network supporting the TCP/IP protocol. The format for IP (Internet Protocol) addresses is a set of four bytes or segments, separated by periods.

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    Subnet Mask Set the subnet mask of your print server to the correct setting for your network. This setting will be for most networks in the home 255.255.255.0 or small office. Boot Method Method the print server uses to obtain an IP address. For most networks, change this setting to , which prevents the IP address from changing STATIC...

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    Data Rate Indicates the throughput speed in Mbps of the wireless Ethernet connection (1, 2, 5.5, or 11). The print server will automatically negotiate to the highest possible rate. SSID Name that identifies your wireless network. When you configure the print server in WP-Admin, it automatically detects the SSID (Service Set Identifier) for the wireless network.

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    WEP Key Disables or enables WEP (Wired Equivalent Privacy), which provides a level of security for your network. To communicate, all nodes on your network must be WEP-enabled and must use the same WEP key. See the documentation for your wireless adapter or access point for more information about WEP.

  • Page 59: Specifications And Notices

    Appendix B: Specifications and Notices Print Server Specifications Printer Connection Parallel (IEEE-1284) Serial (9 pin; factory diagnostics only) Operating Systems Windows 95/98/Me/NT 4/2000/XP NetWare (2 through 5 with NDS) Mac OS 7 through 9.x Dimensions Width: 6 inches (15.2 cm) Depth: 1.25 inches (3.2 cm) Height:...

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    Sensitivity (typ, AWGN, 8E-2 PER): –91 dBm at 1 Mbps –88 dBm at 2 Mbps –87 dBm at 5.5 Mbps –84dBm at 11 Mbps Protocols TCP/IP (lpd or raw TCP port) IPP (Internet Printing Protocol) IPX/SPX Direct Mode IPX/IP NetBEUI NetBIOS/IP AppleTalk Management...

  • Page 61: Epson America, Inc. Limited Warranty

    Epson within five (5) working days of receipt of the replacement unit. Epson requires a debit or a credit card number to secure the cost of the replacement product in the event that you fail to return the defective one.

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    Epson Authorized Servicer. If a claimed defect cannot be identified or reproduced, you will be held responsible for the costs incurred. THE WARRANTY AND REMEDY PROVIDED ABOVE ARE EXCLUSIVE AND IN LIEU OF ALL OTHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.

  • Page 63: Fcc Compliance Statement

    FCC Compliance Statement This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential installation.

  • Page 64: Declaration Of Conformity

    Declaration of Conformity According to 47CFR, Part 2 and 15 for Class B Personal Computers and Peripherals; and/or CPU Boards and Power Supplies used with Class B Personal Computers: EPSON AMERICA, INC. Located at: MS: 3-13 3840 Kilroy Airport Way...

  • Page 65: Index

    Data Rate setting, 52 DHCP, 18, 42, 51 Direct Print description, 12 installing, 20, 24 uninstalling, 46 Documentation, 6 Domain setting, 50 EPSON accessories, 47 Store, 47 technical support, 6, 47 warranty, 57 to 58 EpsonNet Direct Print description, 12 installing, 20, 24...

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    Firmware downloads, 56 Firmware Revision setting, 50 Gateway setting, 51 Help, EPSON, 47 Infrastructure mode definition, 3, 52 using in Windows, 13, 21 using on Macintosh, 31, 32, 37 Ink cartridges, ordering, 47 Installing Macintosh software, 33 to 38 Windows software, 14 to 20, 24...

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    specifications, 55 to 56 status lights, 10, 40 test button, 10, 39 Printer connecting to print server, 9 to 10 lights, 8, 39 location, 7, 41, 43 maintenance, 39 ROM version, 8 supported models, 1 test page, 8, 39 Problems communication error, 43 connecting to print server, 40 to 42 Java Runtime Environment, 40...

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    Wireless Mode setting, 52 Workgroup setting, 50 WP-Admin configuration settings, 49 to 53 configuring, 17 to 19, 34 to 36 connecting with print server, 16 to 17, 33 to 34 installing, 14 to 15, 33 password, 17, 35, 49 starting, 20, 36 uninstalling, 46 XAdmin32, 12, 56...

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