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    Network Print Server

    I have two PCs and two laptops which are wirelessly networked. I am using a BT 1250 router. All the PCs are running Windows XP. The original network has been working for 3 years with 2 PCs and the laptops have been added later with no problems (at least not after initial installation head-scratching).

    Until recently, one of the PCs was connected to a printer and the other PC and one of the laptops were able to access this printer via the wireless network. I had not tried to set up the second laptop to do this. I decided to make a wireless printer connection and bought a Belkin Wireless G All-in-one Print Server. After some teething problems (mainly due to operator incompetence), the 2 PCs and one of the laptops can access the printer wirelessly. The printer is in one room and is connected to the Print Server via a USB cable. The PCs are in different rooms and the laptops are obviously mobile!

    I am unable, however, to get the second laptop to 'see' the printer. I have tried doing this using the Belkin software, and also using the 'Add Printer' which worked with the others, to no avail. The laptop can drive the printer when I connect them directly via a USB cable so the driver software is ok.

    I have phoned Belkin and was told that they would call me back but.... I don't know whether the problem lies with the Print Server, the Router, or the laptop itself - it is a Dell Latitude system.

    Any suggestions would be gratefully received.

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    Re: Network Print Server

    The first thing I would check is the firewall on the second laptop. Can you check that it's not blocking calls to the IP address of the printer?

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    Re: Network Print Server

    I' m not sure if I can check this as I am pretty ignorant at this level.

    The firewall is generated by the BT router with the Windows one being turned off. All four computer and the print server all have the same setting - "Maximum protection Disallow unsolicited inbound" traffic.

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    Re: Network Print Server

    Discovered another firewall in Norton Anti-Virus, switched it off and all working successfully now.

    Many thanks

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    Re: Network Print Server

    Good find!

    I really dislike the way that Dell machines come pre-loaded with 'their' choice of Antivirus, firewall etc.

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