This article outlines the steps for installing wireless-capable inkjet printers in a Macintosh OS X environment with the use of an AirPort Extreme Base Station, Access Point (AP), or wireless router.
NOTE: Wireless-capable printers have this symbol on the right, front side area, or on the control panel. Location may differ per model, see your printer's User's Guide. Click here to view how to obtain your printer's User's Guide.
This article will cover the following topics:
Confirm the following values/statements before you start the installation:
NOTE: It is recommended you familiarize yourself with the following settings and concepts before you begin the procedure.
NOTE: Spelling, capitalization, spaces, and symbols are important.
Confirm network communication with other wireless clients or devices, functional internet access, and router web page access.
NOTE: See the router manufacturer documentation for information about accessing the router web page; access requires an IP address, user name, and password.
Is your Macintosh hard-wired (e.g., ethernet cable) into the router? Or is it wireless? Make sure other wireless client devices can communicate on the network.
Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS)
NOTE: Click here to view the steps on how to rejoin your Inkjet Printer to a wireless network using WPS.
NOTE: Although settings terminology differs between router vendors, the functionality is identical.
|Apple AirPort Extreme or AirPort Express||Other Vendors||Default, required, or recommended settings|
|AirPort Base Station||Wireless Router or Access Point||Observation|
|AirPort ID or Network Name||Network Name, or SSID||The default AirPort Network Name is 'AirPortXXXXXX', where XXXXXX is the last six digits of the AirPort MAC address located on the back or bottom of the device.
Other Vendors – See router documentation.
Recommended Setting – Something other than the default setting.
EFFECT – Not having a unique network name may cause the Lexmark Wireless Setup Assistant to find multiple default base station/router SSIDs of the same name.
|Closed Network||Broadcast SSID or Visibility Status||This setting should be ON or not set to a closed network. See AirPort or router documentation.
EFFECT – The Lexmark Wireless Setup Assistant will not be able to locate the base station or router's network name or SSID.
OPTION – Manual entry of SSID and security key or passphrase.
|MAC Address Access Control||MAC Filtering||This setting should be turned OFF. See AirPort or router documentation.
EFFECT – The Lexmark Wireless Setup Assistant may see your network's network name; however, the printer's MAC hardware address will be blocked by the base station or router.
OPTION – The printer MAC address can be entered in to the base station or wireless router's exceptions/inclusion list before the installation is restarted.
|NAT Firewall||Firewall||This should be OFF. See AirPort or router documentation.
EFFECT – Firewalls block both software processes and the ports required by those processes.
|Transmitter Power Control||Transmission Rate||Max power is recommended unless you are in congested areas with multiple competing devices.|
|Radio Mode||802.11 Mode||Required settings include:
Recommended Setting – Mixed 802.11b/g depending on router support.
The following table provides a step-by-step account of a successful Lexmark Pro 905 installation:
|Step||Action||Click Image to Enlarge|
Insert the CD.
Double-click on Lexmark (model) Series Installer .
|3||Double-click on Install.|
Select a Destination will appear first, followed by Installation Type. Accordingly, click Continue and then Upgrade.
"Welcome to the Lexmark (Model) Series Setup Assistant"
Important! No USB configuration cable is needed after successful installation on the first computer.
If prompted, enter your administrator's Password, and then click OK.
Note: You may see this prompt more than once during the installation process.
Hardware Setup will now walk you through printer preparation. Click Skip Hardware Setup and press Continue, or follow the steps below:
Note: Preparation steps vary by printer or All-In-One model.
For 2009 Printers Note: Open printer and remove packaged print head, and then close printer.
Note: For A4 or Legal paper, extend tray.
How to Install Printhead and Cartridges:
For 2009 Printers Note: Lift latch and remove print head from package.
For 2009 Printers Note: Close and open printer one last time and then proceed to install 4 cartridges. Use two hands to lock the black cartridge in place.
|9||Select the Printer Connection type (Wireless, Wired, USB), and click Continue.|
Select the Wi-Fi indicator light color, and then click Continue.
Note: For first time set-up, the color or the light should be solid orange.
Printers with WPS: Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) users can select the green if you have already joined to the printer to the network.
|11||"Welcome to the Lexmark 'Wireless' Setup Assistant" appears since it is required to perform the following:
Attach the supplied installation cable between computer and printer, and click Continue.
Note: The Continue button will not be available until the Lexmark Setup Assistant has recognized the printer. You may also receive another message warning you to not remove the USB cable.
|13||The Wireless Setup Assistant (WSA) will perform a site survey of available networks (names/SSIDs). Based on signal strength, the utility will try to identify your wireless network name.
Select one of these two or three option based on printer model and click Continue:
If your network was not located, perform one of the following after verifying that you wireless network is functioning properly:
Other Wireless Network
|If you chose Other Wireless Network, you will have to enter the following values manually:
|16||Enter Network Security Information:
Configuring your printer... will be displayed.
|18||Successful installation also means successful association (connection) with the base station/wireless router. The indicator light should change from orange to green.
|19||Disconnect the installation cable, click Continue, and then click Done.|
The original Lexmark Setup Assistant will appear to display a picture of the printer, the IP address, and the printer's 12-digit MAC address.
Highlight the printer, and click Continue. Note: The port name includes the last six digits of the printer's MAC address.
If No printer detected appears, try the following:
Note: Both of these suggestions will query the router to request a DHCP-administered IP address.
Important! Be patient. Some routers take longer than others to detect new MAC hardware addresses.
If the above suggestions do not work, try the following:
|21||Printer Configuration and Setting up printer will appear.|
|22||When Product Registration appears, click Register Now or Register Later.||No Image|
|23||Printer Setup Complete! You can visit Lexmark.com for special offers, print a test page, or continue on to the Fax Setup Utility if you have a 4 in 1 fax-capable All-In-One.||No Image|
IMPORTANT! The installation process shown above is only an example. Steps may slightly vary per printer model and also depends on the Mac OS X version in use.
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Still need help?
Please contact Lexmark Technical Support if you need additional assistance. NOTE: When calling for support, you will need your printer model type and serial number (SN).
Please call from near the computer and the printer in case the technician asks you to perform a task involving one of these devices.