Connecting a USB printer to a home network

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jonm99
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 21, 2023 13:42    Post subject: Connecting a USB printer to a home network Reply with quote
Hi guys,

New to this forum and I apologize in advance if this is the wrong board for this issue.

I recently purchased a laser printer without wifi capabilities and was hoping to connect it to my router via USB, thus making it available on the network. I've read that this (in theory) is doable, but I just can't get it to work. Set up is as follows:

Router: TP Link C7 AC1750
Firmware: Firmware: DD-WRT v3.0-r41791 std (12/24/19)
Printer: Canon 6030B
Computer: Windows 11

Here's what I've done so far:
1. Enabled Core USB Support and Printer Support on the router
2. Connected the printer via USB directly to the router (tied both USB ports on the router)
3. Installed a network printer on my computer (basically following these instructions: https://www.wikihow.com/Connect-a-USB-Printer-to-a-Network)
4. I also tried changing the port to RAW and 9100 from the default settings

The printer is successfully set up (supposedly), but when I try to test print, it either just hangs, or I get a message the the printer is offline, or I get an error (have gotten all three).

So, my questions are:
1. Is what I am trying to achieve at all doable?
2. If so, what am I doing wrong and how can I verify that the router recognizes the printer? I don't have a printer status section on the router interface.

Thanks!
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 21, 2023 14:09    Post subject: Reply with quote
You are running an old and outdated build so start with upgrading to a current build (e.g. 53469)

When coming fror\m such an old a build a reset to defaults *after* upgrade is highly recommended.

You have to put settings in manually never restore from a backup (to a different build)

See the forum guidelines full of helpful pointers e.g. how to post and where to download files

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 21, 2023 14:37    Post subject: Reply with quote
Please refer to the labeling on the underside of your router to determine which version and use the appropriate tplink_archer-c7*.bin file to upgrade to current release.

https://ftp.dd-wrt.com/dd-wrtv2/downloads/betas/2023/09-08-2023-r53469/tplink_archer-c7-v1/

https://ftp.dd-wrt.com/dd-wrtv2/downloads/betas/2023/09-08-2023-r53469/tplink_archer-c7-v2/

https://ftp.dd-wrt.com/dd-wrtv2/downloads/betas/2023/09-08-2023-r53469/tplink_archer-c7-v3/

https://ftp.dd-wrt.com/dd-wrtv2/downloads/betas/2023/09-08-2023-r53469/tplink_archer-c7-v5/

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jonm99
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 21, 2023 15:32    Post subject: Reply with quote
Thanks. I see 3 possible files. V2, v2-IL, and V2-US. Router was originally purchased in the US, so should I use that one?
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 21, 2023 19:06    Post subject: Reply with quote
Correct. The tplink_archer-c7-v2-US.bin is the one you should use. While this isn't specifically discussed in the device wiki, it has been discussed here in the forum in the past.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 26, 2023 11:51    Post subject: Reply with quote
Ok - upgraded to latest version (reset to default settings as recommended above). I was asked to update username and password, which I temporarily set to admin and admin. Then that screen hung. I opened a new page to the interface and it opened the main page. Router was connected and working. BUT, when I tried to go into settings, I was prompted for user name and password, which was rejected for some reason (I also tried root and admin, but that didn't work either). Now I am no longer able to access the web interface ("This site can't be reached). Any suggestions from here? I am still able to use the ethernet and (default) wifi to connect to the internet, just can't access router settings.

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 26, 2023 11:55    Post subject: Reply with quote
Push the reset button.

Some browser do not play nice, try FireFox with Private browsing

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 26, 2023 14:03    Post subject: Reply with quote
Also consider clearing your browser's cache or CTRL+F5. Agree with using Firefox and/or Private/Ingognito/InPrivate browsing mode with add-ons/extensions disabled.
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jonm99
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 26, 2023 16:19    Post subject: Reply with quote
I'm in and printing from the network works! Thank you guys!!
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 26, 2023 16:28    Post subject: Reply with quote
Glad we could help Smile
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 26, 2023 18:04    Post subject: Reply with quote
May have spoke too soon (sort of). Printing works like a charm, but now that I've upgraded the f/w I'm having issues with my internet speed. I'm getting about a tenth of what I should be (was) getting when connected via ethernet and a fifth or so via wi-fi. I seem to be capped a 90mb/s or so no matter what I do. I manually changed the default settings to be identical to what they were before, but that did not seem to change anything. Do you have any suggestions for optimal set up? I suppose my issue might be with a feature that didn't exist on the old firmware(?), and / or something not related to the wireless settings (as I'm facing this issue on the wired setup as well).

Thanks again
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 26, 2023 19:10    Post subject: Reply with quote
And the settings from the previous build were what? Are you using QoS? Is SFE enabled?
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 26, 2023 19:20    Post subject: Reply with quote
I am using an obsolete product on my PC called O'Print.

I can access any available printer attached to the PC or network as long as the PC is running. Some printers are on ethernet connected to the router, but also have access to any printer attached to the PC via USB and all virtual printers like PDF, FinePrint etc.

The site, oprintware.com doesn't seem to exist any more so I'm not sure where the installation software is, if it even exists any more.

But it does work slick even from iPhone over Wi-Fi.

Just for interest.

Edit:

I find it is availble from a Company called Zero One Technology or trial software from CNET.

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 26, 2023 19:39    Post subject: Reply with quote
jonm99 wrote:
May have spoke too soon (sort of). Printing works like a charm, but now that I've upgraded the f/w I'm having issues with my internet speed. I'm getting about a tenth of what I should be (was) getting when connected via ethernet and a fifth or so via wi-fi. I seem to be capped a 90mb/s or so no matter what I do. I manually changed the default settings to be identical to what they were before, but that did not seem to change anything. Do you have any suggestions for optimal set up? I suppose my issue might be with a feature that didn't exist on the old firmware(?), and / or something not related to the wireless settings (as I'm facing this issue on the wired setup as well).

Thanks again


Did you reset to defaults and put settings in manually *after* upgrade?

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jonm99
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 26, 2023 19:43    Post subject: Reply with quote
kernel-panic69 wrote:
And the settings from the previous build were what? Are you using QoS? Is SFE enabled?


Regarding settings, I am referring to wireless settings only (https://forum.dd-wrt.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=324014). If QoS and SFE are not enabled by default, then no (not sure what or how to use those settings).

Thanks
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