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Ad-hoc Installation in Macintosh OS X.5 Leopard: Less Common Ad-hoc Mode

Document ID:SO4308

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How to install ad-hoc; Setup in ad-hoc mode; Ad-hoc installation; How to perform a direct wireless installation; Wireless set-up; How to create a direct connection; Computer-to-printer installation; Lexmark Z2400; Lexmark X4610



This article provides a quick summary of how to install in ad-hoc mode to allow for direct Mac-to-printer communication.

CAUTION: An ad-hoc installation will remove your computer from any existing network. This procedure is recommended for testing purposes and situations in which a network or USB cable is not available.   

Procedure:  Ad-hoc Installation

From the AirPort icon drop-down menu, select Create a Network, type in a personal ad-hoc network name (e.g. 'Printeradhoc'), and click OK.   
NOTE:  Ad-hoc mode is channel-specific.  It is recommended that you keep the default Channel 11 (automatic) setting. Click here for image.  
Optional: You can select the printer SSID; however, this will only work if the printer is already turned on and has not been configured previously - for example, print server 34GES4.
  2After you have created and selected the ad-hoc network, you should see a change reflecting this in the AirPort icon from    to .
  3Insert the CD.
  4Double-click on Lexmark (model) Series Installer ().
  5Click on Install (  ).



  1. Click Continue to allow for a hardware and software compliancy check.

  2. Click Continue to view the Read Me file.

  3. Click Continue to view the License agreement.

  4. Click Continue.

  5. Click Agree to the Software License Agreement to proceed, or Disagree to cancel the installation. 

The Installation Type  window now appears.

  • Click Install,

  • click Change Install Location to display Select a Destination.  Click on the correct OS X.5 Volume, and then click Continue. NOTE:  Be aware that this software requires an active OS X.5 partition.

OS X.4 Tiger Users
Select a Destination will appear first, followed by Installation Type.  Click Continue and then Upgrade.  
Welcome to the Lexmark (MODEL) Series Setup Assistant  appears.
Select first-time installation or installing on another computer, and then click Continue

No USB configuration cable is necessary after successful installation on the first computer.   
  9If prompted to, enter your administrator's Password and then click OK.  Click here for image. 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:  The preparation steps vary by printer or AIO model. 

  1. Unpack the printer.

  2. Remove all tape and packing materials.

  3. Install the appropriate language control panel, if necessary.

  4. Pull the paper tray completely out of the printer. 

  5. Move the paper guides to the sides. 

  6. Load paper.

  7. Adjust paper guides. 

  8. Insert paper tray. 

  9. Plug in the device to a grounded outlet.  NOTE: Do not attach a USB cable yet.

  10. Turn the printer on.

  11. Set the language and country/region.  Click here for a User's Guide reference.  

  12. Set the Date and Time, if applicable.

  13. Set the fax name and fax number.

  14. Open the printer.

  15. Press down on the cartridge carrier levers.

  16. Remove the semi-translucent blue tape from the black cartridge and insert it into the the left carrier.

  17. Close and lock down the lid.  

  18. Remove the semi-translucent blue tape from the color cartridge and insert it into the right carrier.

  19. Close and lock down the lid.  

  20. Close the printer cover.

  21. Press the checkmark to print an alignment page.

  22. Click Continue.  
  11Select the Printer Connection type (wireless, wired, USB), and click Continue.
  12Select 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. 
Welcome to the Lexmark Wireless Setup Assistant is now displayed.
The Wireless Setup Assistant (W.S.A.) is required to perform the following: 

  • A site survey to locate wireless networks.

  • Configure the printer with the SSID (network name) and security settings needed to allow the printer to associate with the base station, wireless router, or computer in ad-hoc mode.

  • Create a print queue or print object on your Mac.

Click Continue.
  14Attach the supplied installation cable  between computer and printer, and click Continue.
In this example, the newly created network was not located.  Why not?  The site survey looks for the strongest signal.  The signal of the an AirPort or router is stronger than the computer's wireless adapter.
Select one of the following two options, and then click Continue

  • Yes, I want my printer to join the "print server 12ed45" wireless network (only if applicable).  

  • No, I want my printer to join another wireless network (this example).

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(No, the W.S.A. did not find your network.)

The W.S.A will again attempt to search available networks.  Expanded search results will be displayed this time.  
Three options:

  • Select the created ad-hoc network name (e.g. 'Printeradhoc') when it appears and click Continue.

  • Scroll down the list, select Other Wireless Network, and click Continue.

  • Scan again.

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OPTIONAL: Applies only if required password was selected in Step 1.

Enter the requested Network Security Information, including:

  • Security Type (WEP only)

  • Security key 
    After entering these values, click Continue.

IMPORTANT:  Remember proper capitalization and spacing rules.  Also remember that you can click on Show Password to verify proper key/passphrase entry.
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Configuring your printer... will be displayed.
Successful installation also means successful association (connection) with the base station/wireless router.  The indicator light should change from orange to green.
  20Disconnect the installation cable, click Continue, and then click Done.
The original Lexmark Setup Assistant will appear, displaying a picture of the printer, Auto IP address, and the printer's 12-digit MAC address.
Select the printer, and click ContinueNOTE: The port or queue name includes the last six digits of the printer's MAC address. 
If you see No printer detected, try clicking the refresh button (), several times if required.  Be patient!  The printer network adapter assigns an auto IP address (e.g. after ~30 seconds.    
If the printer does not appear, try these suggestions:  

  • Turn the printer off and on.

  • Disconnect the power cord from the printer and reconnect it.

  • Print a printer network settings page and make sure Auto IP and DHCP are both ON.

  • Click the drop-down and select Add remote to perform an automatic refresh.  

  • Make sure your computer is not communicating with an access point. 

  • DHCP must also be enabled on the computer.

  • Ad-hoc cannot autoselect channels.  Print the printer network settings page, and compare channel values between devices.    

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  22Printer Configuration and Setting up printer will appear.
  23When Product Registration appears, click Register Now or Register Later.
  24Printer Setup Complete!  You can visit for special offers, print a test page, or continue to the Fax Setup Utility if you have a 4 in 1 fax-capable All-In-One.

Still Need Help?

Please contact Lexmark Technical support for additional assistance. NOTE: When calling for support, you will need the 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 these devices.     


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