Some of you who are regulars with Quilly, and have visited here, may remember when Quilly and I started wrestling, unsuccessfully, with a new printer we’d bought. A lot more folk visited the blistering review I wrote, so much so that the review post is the second most popular of all the entries on this blog. The Lexmark people boasted that their x4850 box would print and do all sorts of other things wirelessly, possibly with the exception of slicing bread. And we could not get the thing to talk to our computers without a wire … and sometimes, even with a wire. For ten months, we got nowhere …
Until today. Today, everything works perfectly.
No, it wasn’t sunspots, planetary alignments, Murphy taking a holiday, or even Jesus.
It was a dead router.
Y’see, a couple of days ago, the router we’d been using for our abode’s wireless network stopped delivering wireless. Picked it up, it was hotter than
a Macbook on your lap hell, and though the lights were on, there was nobody home. The thing was dying of old age – and it hadn’t seen its first birthday yet.
We two were less than pleased about being dumped into the 21st-century equivalent of the Dark Ages by a device that had a far shorter concept of “lifespan” than we did. So, willy-nilly, we ventured into the roiling Black Friday Weekend waters in search of a geek store that had routers in stock. We found one, we got one, and we got out alive. To spend a good chunk of that evening plugging wires in and out, filling out virtual forms, and pattering around with passwords. Finally, Quilly was able to post and read her emails. And it wasn’t even close to sunrise.
The next day (which, it happens, is today, 30 Nov 08 CE), it occurred to me to try the old printer on the new network. Of course it wouldn’t work on the old network, it never did and now it never would, since that was the network that was, and now wasn’t. Naturally, I’d long ago lost the printer’s setup utility, and there was no way to get it back without, for the 5,932nd time, downloading the x4850 printer driver.
Download. Expand. Install. Configure. Print.
Well I’ll be [expletives deleted].
The whole thing went flawlessly, and took less than 15 minutes.
To judge from the traffic that the old post continues to get, I reckon lots and lots of people are having trouble with the wireless setup on the Lexmark x4850. Our lesson: check your router.
The NetGear WGR614 v7 works.
The Belkin F5D8233-4 doesn’t.
Who knows what other do / don’t combinations are out there.
Dammit, we almost had it right away. From the original post:
OK, it’s the router. Don’t know where the router instructions are, don’t have the patience to dig them up. Bedtime.
Of course, if there had been any indication from Lexmark that router incompatibility might be an issue …
– O Ceallaigh
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