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Using the PrintServer's BiAdmin Utility

BiAdmin is a utility program that manages the PrintServer on the Network.  It is compatible with Windows 95, 98, NT, ME, 2000, XP and Novell NetWare.  It allows you to change the PrintServer’s internal settings, check on the unit’s status, and perform basic diagnostics.

There are five major settings on your PrintServer that you may need to configure to make use of the BiAdmin Management Utility:

i. Detecting the PrintServer
ii. Assigning an IP Address on the PrintServer
iii. Changing the PrintServer’s Password
iv. Checking Printer Status
v. Configuring the PrintServer’s Wireless Settings 

To use the BiAdmin Management Utility, follow these steps:

Detecting the PrintServer

NOTE:  Make sure the printer drivers are installed on the computer and you have an active network connection.  Ensure the BiAdmin Management Utility is installed on your computer.  To install the BiAdmin Utiliy, check the contents of the disc look for the BiAdmin folder and run the BiAdmin setup.exe.

Step 1:
Click Start > All Programs > Print Server Utility > BiAdmin Management Utility.

NOTE:  If the BiAdmin icon has been created on your Desktop, you can double-click it instead.        

Step 2:
On the Connected Protocol window, make sure the TCP/IP is checked, then click OK.

Step 3:
The BiAdmin Management Utility will automatically scan the network for available Wireless PrintServer hardware.

NOTE:  If the BiAdmin Management utility cannot detect the PrintServer, you can:

  • Check if the printserver is powered ON.
  • Disable any firewall installed on the computer. For instructions, click here.
  • Make sure there is a DHCP server on the network.

Step 4:
After detecting the PrintServer, the BiAdmin Management Utility will display the PrintServer name and details.

 

Step 5:
Enter your PrintServer’s password, then click OK.

NOTE:  The default password is "admin".  If the PrintServer’s password has been changed, type the PrintServer’s new password instead.

The PrintServer’s password can be changed by:

  • Running the PrintServer’s setup CD.
  • Changing it on the PrintServer’s web-based setup page.

If you forgot the PrintServer‘s password, you may reset the PrintServer to default settings.

Step 6:
Select the adapter you are using to connect to the PrintServer from the Adapter Card Lists, then click OK.

Assigning an IP Address on the PrintServer

The Linksys PrintServer uses a dynamic default IP Address.  To configure a static IP on your Linksys PrintServer, follow the steps below.

Step 1:
Click Main then select Configure.

Step 2:
Click TCP/IP.

Step 3:
Select Fixed IP Address and enter the IP Address, Subnet Mask, and Gateway Address in the fields provided.

NOTE:  Make sure the IP Address you’ll be assigning to the PrintServer has the same first 3 numbers as the IP Address of your router.  The last number can be any number between 2 and 99.  In this example, the IP address of the router is 192.168.1.1 and the IP address of the PrintServer is 192.168.1.78.  To learn how find out the IP address of your router, click here.

If you’re using a non-Linksys router, contact the manufacturer for support.

Changing the PrintServer’s Password

The Linksys PrintSever's password is “admin”.  If you want to change it for security reasons, follow the steps below:

Step 1:
Click Main, then select Configure.

Step 2:
On the Configuration window, select Change Device Password.

Step 3:
Enter the new password you want and retype the same password to confirm then click OK.

Checking Printer Status

The Printer Status option allows you to check the name, status, and printing details of each printer attached to the PrintServer.  A password may be required to access this information.  You may be able to configure some printers’ settings in the Printer Configuration window.

Step 1:
Click Main, then select Printer Status.

Step 2:
Enter your print server’s password (“admin” is the default password), then click OK.

NOTE:  The default password is “admin”.  If the PrintServer’s password has been changed, type the PrintServer’s new password instead.

The PrintServer’s password can be changed by:

  • Running the PrintServer’s setup CD.
  • Changing it on the PrintServer’s web-based setup page.

If you forgot the PrintServer‘s password, you may reset the PrintServer to factory default.

Step 3:
On the Printer Status window, select the port where the printer is connected to view its status.


Configuring the PrintServer’s Wireless Settings

If you have a wireless router and you want to configure the PrintServer’s wireless settings using the BiAdmin Management Utility, follow the steps below:

Step 1:
Click Main then select Configure.

Step 2:
Click Wireless.

Step 3:
Enter the same “SSID” or “Wireless Network Name” you configured on the router’s Basic Wireless Settings page.  In this example the SSID “linksys” is used.  

NOTE:  To learn how to check the wireless settings of your Linksys router, click here.

Step 4:
Select the network type.  The options are:

  • Infrastructure if you want the PrintServer to communicate using an access point or wireless router.
  • Ad-Hoc if you want the PrintServer to communicate without using an access point or wireless router.

NOTE:  If you are using the Ad-Hoc mode, you need to select the appropriate channel from the drop-down menu.

NOTE:  Make sure you entered your router’s SSID.

Step 5:
Select the same Wireless Security level (“64 bits” or “128 bits”) you configured on the router’s Wireless Security page.  For WEP Encryption, select Enable and for WEP Authentication, select Open System.  Type the same network key configured on the router, then click OK.

 

NOTE:  If you are using WPA on your router, you need to upgrade the firmware of your PrintServer.  For instructions, click here.

Step 6:
After setting up the wireless settings of your PrintServer, perform a power cycle.  Refer to the instructions below.

Power Cycling the PrintServer:

Step 1:
Unplug the PrintServer’s power cable.

Step 2:
Disconnect the Network cable from the PrintServer.

Step 3:
Plug in the PrintServer’s power cable to connect the PrintServer wirelessly to the network.

 

 

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