Networking Basics & Crystal Printer Network Installation Guidelines...
1. Overview This guide is intended to provide the necessary basic knowledge of wireless networking needed to enable the Crystal printer to work with wireless LAN. The document is based on the assumption that the reader has a Crystal printer at his premises and has read the user manual.
2.2 Ad-Hoc This mode is also known as a peer to peer network. In this mode no access point is needed. Personal computers and devices with WLAN capabilities create point to point connections between two adapter enabling all workstations to act as servers to all others. This mode is intended for small home networks with a low number of WLAN network adapters.
3.2 SSID (Service Set Identifier) In wireless LAN networks the SSID is a label attached to every packet that is transmitted in a network. In order to receive packets or access other computers a network adapter has to know this SSID. In other words on every device that is connected to a dedicated wireless network, the same SSID has to be set on every device.
3.7 Network Devices Networks consist of numerous devices which have to be connected to each other. This happens with the help of a network device. There are different types of network devices which will be described in the following. 3.7.1 Hub A hub is a device that combines all the connected network devices into one network segment.
4. Installation of a Crystal Network Printer 4.1 What is needed to install the Crystal Network Printer? To use your Crystal printer as a wireless network printer, you need to have the following items: • PC connected to wireless network either via access point (infrastructure topology) or via WLAN adapter (ad hoc topology) •...
If no network is found, the scan is not possible or you want to change the network settings, follow the next steps to set up the wireless network. 4.5.2 Ad-Hoc Set-up If you choose AD-HOC mode, you will be asked to choose the WLAN channel of your network.
4.5.3 Infrastructure Set-up If you choose INFRASTRUCTURE mode you will be asked to set the authentication mode of the network. The possible choices are NONE, OPEN, SHARED and BOTH. NONE means that there is no encrypted authentication and data is transmitted without encryption.
4.6 Installation of the Crystal Printer as a network printer To add your Crystal printer as a network printer to the system, move to START MENU > PROGRAMS >COMPANION SUITE > ADD/REMOVE DEVICES. In the new dialog choose “Install a network printer”. This will open the Network Printer Configuration dialog which will show you all the Crystal network printers the application could find on the network.
Once you selected the correct printer from the list of printers that are shown to you, click on the Install Selected Printer button. This will finalise the installation and the Crystal printer will be added to you installed printers. You can print a test page or print documents from your application programs.
5. Troubleshooting 5.1 General Information 5.1.1 Print Network Report A summary of the network settings can be printed out with the help of Menu 9,5. On this reports the user can find out which networking components are enabled and which networking modes are set.
This will open the Crystal Network Configuration dialog. This dialog will scan for available network printers and show them in a list. Make sure that the network printer with the new IP address is listed. If it is not, press the Refresh button to initiate another network scan. Once your printer is listed in this list it will be found by the printer driver.
If you wait until the printer is finished and then click on the Continue button, the pending print job will start.