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Infrastructure (Access Point) installation of the X3500-4500 Series Products in Mac OS X.3 and OS X.4

Document ID:HO3189

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Infrastructure installation; How to install on a Mac; How to install the printer on Macintosh; How to install; Mac install; Mac setup


Infrastructure mode

This wireless environment involves the use of an AirPort base station, access point, or wireless router serving as an access point. 

Before you begin 

  1. Make sure the printer is turned ON  and that the Wi-Fi indicator light on the printer is ONNOTE:  The Wi-Fi connection light comes ON after the printer's Wi-Fi card has finished initializing.


  2. Verify that the computer is communicating over the network and communicating with the access point.  See 'Related Articles' below if necessary.
    HINT:  If the Wi-Fi indicator light is OFF and the power button light strobes ,  the printer has entered Power Save mode.  Press the power button and wait for the W-iFi indicator light to come back on. 

What you need to know

  • Printer's SSID (network name)
    Print the network settings page to obtain this setting  (click  here  for instructions) and verify that your printer's network settings are at their factory defaults. 
    Network settings page default values:

    Setting  Value
    StatusNot Connected

    UAA (MAC address ) -  printer-unique 12-digit hexadecimal value
    ex:  00200002CC32
    Enable DHCP ON
    BSS Type Ad hoc
    SSID - print server + (last 6 alphanumeric digits of MAC (UAA) address)ex: print server02CC32 

    If your settings do not resemble the above, reset the printer following these instructions.

  • Wireless router configuration (security) settings
    Click here for instructions on obtaining these settings. Make a note of the settings.  NOTE:  Refer to your wireless router/access point documentation for further assistance.

In this example, a D-Link router was used with the values below. Click here for the wireless router screen images of these values.
IMPORTANT!  If using any non-standard mode (Super G Mode, Booster Mode etc.), make sure the device is using dynamic settings which allow for backward compatibility with the Lexmark b/g wireless print server.
Basic Wireless ValuesRouter setting
BSS Type Mixed or Infrastructure
Network Name
  By default, every Wi-Fi device has its own SSID. If you change the SSID after first purchasing the access point (for example,  to 'macdaddy3'), the printer will need to be configured from its default SSID of 'printerserver02CC32' to 'macdaddy3' in order to join, or associate with, its network.  
Enable DHCP Enabled

Wireless Security*
Broadcast SSIDEnabled
MAC FilteringOFF (optionally, enter the printer's MAC address and set to Allow access)
Security Mode
(WEP, WPA or WPA2)
WPA Personal (PSK-TKIP)
WPA AlgorithmsTKIP
WPA shared key (Network key or Security key)Hookooekoo2006 (case-sensitive!)

* Security settings are personal choices based on the desired security level and network environment.  Follow the instructions provided by the router/access point manufacturer to determine appropriate settings.
IMPORTANT! SSID and Security key values are case-sensitive.  Improper entry of these values will result in configuration failure of the printer's network adapter and prevent the printer from communicating with the access point. 

  • Network/Web access 
    Make sure the Mac is communicating over the network.

Procedure: X3500-4500 series installation in Mac OS X.4 

StepActionIllustration (click on Image)
Click on the AirPort status icon, and then click print server #####NOTE:  If the status icon is not present, you can click the Internet Connect icon ( ) and the AirPort icon to perform this procedure.
HINT:  If printserver###### does not appear, perform a printer reset, remove and reattach the power supply, and turn AirPort OFF and back ON. 
Reset the printer following these instructions.   



The AirPort Status icon appearance will change to reflect a direct connection between two wireless devices (computer-to-computer, computer-to-printer etc.) You should see a green Wi-Fi indicator light on the printer.
NOTE:  The image in the middle of the icon
() is a computer. This direct connection is commonly referred to as 'ad-hoc mode'.  This setting will be changed back to infrastructure mode later in the procedure. 

W-iFi indicator light will turn green.  
  3Click the Safari browser icon. 

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  4Under Bookmarks, select Show All Bookmarks
Select Bonjour under Collections. Double-click on 3500-4500 Series in the right-hand pane to open the printer's web page.   
NOTE:  Multiple entries may indicate previous installations.  Please be patient as it takes a moment for the initial ad hoc handshake to complete.

From the printer's web page, click Configuration and then Wireless.
NOTE:  Verify that the http: address matches the Fully Qualified Domain Name on your printer's network settings page. 

Enter the values obtained from the wireless router and click Submit.  See 'Before you begin' above.
In this example:
SSID = macdaddy3
BSS Type =I nfrastructure
Wireless Security= WPA-PSK
Security Key = Hookooekoo2006
NOTE:  Again, SSID and Security key values are CASE-sensitive.

  • wrong - hookooekoo2006

  • correct - Hookooekoo2006 

Observe Submitting selection.  You may see flashing orange during configuration of the printer, but this should not last. NOTE:  The address will change from a to a 192.168.#.# address.
Successful configuration should yield the following:  

  • a green Wi-Fi indicator light  on the printer.  You may see flashing orange during configuration of the printer, but this should not last.

  • printed Network Settings Page
    or, .  This indicates improper entry of one or more router settings.  

If the latter occurred, follow these steps: 

  1. Verify that you have the correct base station/access point/router settings.

  2. Reset the printer.  See 'Related Articles' below.

  3. Continue the procedure from Step 3 or 4 depending on whether or not you currently have your Safari web browser open.

...Switching the Mac back to Infrastructure mode...
Click the Internet connection icon  first.
OPTIONAL:  The AirPort Status icon  will allow you to switch back to the wireless router, AP, or AirPort base station's SSID (network name).  
  10From the toolbar, click AirPort and then click the spinner (double arrows) next to the Network: dialog box.  Image
  11Choose the original network name (SSID) of the router or AirPort base station ("macdaddy3" in this example).
You will be required to select your security mode (WEP, WPA, WPA2), and enter your original security key. 
Reminder:  Failure to remember that the Network Key/Passphrase/Security key is case-sensitive will result in failure to reconnect to the access point.  

Success will yield a status message stating Connected to.....your network name (SSID)"
and the status icon will return to its normal .

...Software Installation...
  14Insert the supplied driver CD, and click 3500-4500 Series Installer
  15Click Install.
The driver software will lead you through a series of installation subprocesses:

  • Introduction

  • Read Me

  • License

  • Select Destination

  • Installation Type

  • Install

  • Finish Up

Most of the steps require you to click Continue.

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Before the installation process starts, you may be required to enter the administrator password. This is an Apple security feature that allows users to prevent unwanted software installation and changes to system settings.
NOTE:  This prompt may appear a second time just prior to the Install process.

Click Image for an installation flow chart covering the first stage of the installation process. 
The Lexmark 3500-4500 Series Setup Assistant will now be displayed with another set of installation subprocesses:

  • Introduction

  • Regional Settings

  • Printer Configuration

  • Registration

  • Finishing 

During the Printer Configuration process, you will see Searching for new printers .  Select the printer, and click Continue.   
HINT: The correct printer will display the end portion of the printer's UAA (MAC) address, and the IP address should match the printed network settings page that resulted from step 8 above.  See 'Network settings page'.  

Observe or enter a different Computer name.  This is commonly referred to as a 'scan-to-PC name', and is the name selected from the printer user interface when scanning a document back to the computer. Click Continue.  
 Optional PIN entry prevents unauthorized scans back to your computer.
  21Printer Configuration will now take place. Image
  22The Registration screen will appear.  Select Register now or Register later. Image
  23Select See great printing results...Image
  24When Printer Setup Complete appears, click Close. Image

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Still need help? 

Please contact Lexmark Technical Support for additional assistance.  NOTE:  When calling for support, you will need to know your printer model type and serial number
Please call from near the printer and computer in case the technician asks you to perform a task involving one of the devices.  


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