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How do I bridge my wireless print server into my existing network?

Note: The information in this FAQ is based upon the assumption that the print server is installed and can be configured via a wired or wireless connection. For more information about connecting hardware, refer to the product manual or visit http://www.startech.com/faq/wireless_print_servers_pm1115ua_connection_information.

To bridge the PM1115UA, you require the following information about your network infrastructure:

  1. The SSID (wireless network name).

  2. The wireless security key(s).

  3. The existing network IP information (for example, the DHCP server IP address).

The network configuration information can usually be found on the network router.

To bridge the PM1115UA in an existing wireless network infrastructure, complete the following:

  1. Make sure that your network adapter is on the same network as your print server (by default, 192.168.0.XXX). For more information on how to change your IP address, refer to the following FAQ: https://www.startech.com/support/faqs/technical-support?topic=networking#ip-address-change-windows-mac-os.

  2. Connect an Ethernet cable from the print server to the computer system.

  3. Open the StarTech.com USB Print Server Control Center software.

  4. Right-click your print server and click Configure Server.

  5. Click Connect to another AP.

  6. Next to your wireless network, click Select.

  7. If required, enter the wireless key and click Connect.

  8. Wait for your server to restart.

  9. Disconnect the Ethernet cable from the print server to the computer system.  

  10. Connect the Ethernet cable from the print server to your router / switch.

Note: It may take a few minutes for the print server to be detected again by the web browser.

On your router or wireless access point, you should see the print server listed as connected.

The print server is still using the default IP address and you need to change it to an IP address that works with your network. When the print server is on the same network as your other network devices, you can add it as a network printer.

In most network infrastructures, the IP address is dynamically assigned. Since router configurations can change, you should assign your print server a static address so that the computers on the network can find the print server at that address (for example, 192.168.0.100).

To change your print server to a statically assigned IP address, complete the following:

  1. Find an IP address that is compatible with your network. For example, the 192.168.1.1 network can support 192.168.1.XXX where XXX is a number between 2 and 254.

  2. In WAN, clear the Automatic IP(DHCP) check box.

  3. Change the IP Address and Subnet Mask to match your network configuration.

  4. Click Update.