Epson Stylus Office T40W Wi-Fi Setup FAQ

A. EasyInstall CD setup issue for wireless mode

  • EasyInstall CD setup error in wireless mode.
    Please try one of the methods below:  
    • While setting up for wireless transmission, the Ethernet LAN cable is required to be removed during switching over from wired to wireless mode. This will be prompted during Easy Install CD Setup
    • Change the USB cable to Ethernet cable when installing the wireless set up.
    • Rerun the Epson Easyinstall CD again and choose the wireless button.
    • Check that the Access point or wireless router encryption key if it has been entered correctly. The passphrase differentiates between upper and lower case for character input.
    • Check that the Access point or wireless router encryption type is correctly entered.

 

B. Ad Hoc mode issue

  • When connecting by Adhoc mode, the wireless network tab does not appear on the network properties. (Windows only)
    • Use the dedicated utility (Epson netconfig ) to make the required configuration.
  • Laptop or PC is unable to connect to the SSID set on the printer
    • Make sure your configurations on your laptop or PC security mode and password is aligned with the printer.
    • Make sure your IP address on the PC or Laptop does not conflict with the printer IP address.
    • Make sure you don’t set any IP address on default gateway on the PC or printer TCP/IP setting.
    • Make sure your printer driver IP address is aligned with the printer.
    • Check if you had any fire wall program that blocked your access to the printer.
  • Laptop or PC is able to connect to the SSID set on the printer but is not able to see the printer ink level and do a test print.
    • Make sure your printer driver IP address or printer name is aligned with the printer.
    • Try disabling the wireless setting mode and reset the wireless mode again.
    • Restart the laptop/ PC or printer.
    • Disable your window firewall
  • What is Ad Hoc mode?
    • Ad-hoc mode is a method for wireless devices to directly communicate with each other. Operating in ad-hoc mode allows all wireless devices within range of each other to discover and communicate in peer-to-peer fashion without involving central access points (including those built in to broadband wireless routers).
  • How many PC can one printer communicates with in Ad Hoc setup?
    • Theoretically, for Ad-hoc mode, the maximum number of stations is 256.
  • What is the signal strength for Ad Hoc setup?
    • Ad-hoc mode communication supports 11 Mbps bandwidth in a minimal physical obstruction condition
  • What are the advantages of Ad Hoc mode?
    • It can be easily set up as long as two device have Network Interface Card (NIC) capability.
    • It does not require any existing infrastructure device.
  • What are the disadvantages of Ad Hoc mode?
    • Limited bandwidth, weaker signal strength.
    • Weaker security for password encryption
    • Not able to hide the SSID
  • How to set up in ad-hoc mode for T40W?
    • Install the printer driver via Wired Network first.
    • Set up the PC and the printer as Wi-Fi ad-hoc mode.
    • Set up the PC – Under network connection at the PC.
    • Use EpsonNet config

 

C. Infrastructure mode

  • Laptop or PC is unable to connect to the SSID set on the router.
    • Make sure your configurations on your laptop or PC encryption mode and encryption key are aligned with the router.
    • Make sure you don’t set any IP address on your laptop and PC that conflicts with the router.
  • Printer is unable to hook up to the SSID set on the router.
    • Go to General Network Setup mode, TCP/IP set up, in manual mode, please set the IP address, subnet mask, default Gateway (similar to your router IP address).
    • Go to the wireless LAN setup, check that the wireless LAN setup is enabled and go to Manual Wireless Lan Setup. Choose Infrastructure mode, select the specific SSID similar with the router, in security mode choose the correct encryption mode with the router and encryption key similar with the router.
  • What is infrastructure mode?
    • Infrastructure mode in wireless networking bridges (joins) a wireless network to a wired Ethernet network. Infrastructure mode wireless also supports central connection points for WLAN clients. Wireless access point (AP) is required for infrastructure mode wireless networking. To join the WLAN, the AP and all wireless clients must be configured to use the same SSID. The AP is then cabled to the wired network to allow wireless clients access to, for example, Internet connections or printers.
  • How many PC and device can user connect in infrastructure setup?
    • Theoretically, in the infrastructure mode, the maximum number of wireless nodes can up to 2048.
  • What is the signal strength for infrastructure setup?
    • It supports up to 54 Mbps or higher in infrastructure mode even in a physical obstruction condition.
  • What are the advantages of infrastructure mode?
    • Higher bandwidth to cover a wide area as compared with Ad Hoc mode
    • Able to hide the SSID from the public
    • More advance security mode in encryption of the pasword
  • What are the disadvantages of infrastructure mode?
    • Additional cost for purchasing the infrastruture device.

 

D. General Questions

  • What do I need to prepare in order to setup WiFi printing?
    • It depends on the type of your WiFi setup preferences. No additional device is required for Ad Hoc printing for peer to peer connection. If you want a Wireless LAN setup (infrastructure), an Access Point (AP) or Router (purchase separately) is required.
  • Can multiple PC print simultaneously to a printer?
    • Yes
  • T40W, TX600FW, TX700W are setup to WiFi interface. What will happen if Ethernet cable is plugged to the printer connecting to LAN?
    • Only T40W will use Ethernet option
  • What is required to setup printer for WiFi printing?
    • Easyinstall CD and Ethernet cable
  • Can user use USB cable to setup printer for WiFi printing?
    • No. Please use Ethernet cable bundled with the printer for printer setup
  • Are there any special settings to note before setting up printer for WiFi printing/scanning?
    • Take note of your ISP internet mode (cable or ADSL).
    • Remember the type of security mode you have chosen on your router.
    • Remember the password that you key in the router.
    • Remember your router SSID.
    • Remember your default Gateway address for manual TCP/IP setting.
    • Remember which mode (Ad Hoc or Infrastructure) you have chosen.
  • What is the difference between the 4 types of security level available?
    • WEP(40bits) , WEP (104bit), WPA-PSK(TKIP) & WPA-PSK(AES).
    • The key difference is the security level of password encryption, with WEP(40bits) being the lowest and WPA_PSK(AES) being the highest.
  • What are the Wireless LAN standard specifications that can be used with my Epson printer?
    • IEEE802.11b/g
  • Why am I unable to print using wireless LAN mode?
    • Check that you are connected to the SSID on the router (For Infrastructure mode)
    • Check that you are connected to the SSID on the printer(For Ad Hoc mode)
    • Make sure that printer driver IP address is correct in your printer driver directory
    • Make sure the wireless mode on the printer is enabled
    • Make sure that you have the required printer driver installed
    • Make sure your PC IP address is not in conflict with the printer IP address (for Ad Hoc mode)
  • I can’t find the wireless print server for my printer on the network. What should I do?
    • Depending on your PC brand, use the wireless search engine provided by the PC or window wireless search to search for the require SSID and connect to it.
    • Check that the encryption key for the required SSID is correct.
    • The Router did not display the SSID, you are required to set the SSID manually ( For Infrastructure mode only)
  • Any difference in printing speed when printing wirelessly as compared to direct connection?
    • No
  • What is the difference between the option “Set up this printer for the first time” and “Set up an addtional computer to use this printer” when installing the printer driver for a network connection?
    • The “Set up this printer for the first time” option programs the network with your SSID (network name) and security password. You’ll need to use an Ethernet cable.
    • The “Set up an addtional computer to use this printer” option configures an additional computer on the network so it will work with the same printer.

 

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