jrothra
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B1163w stays offline

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Our B1163w shows as "offline" on my laptop, yet the blue wireless light is on, showing it's ready to print.  On our desktop the system shows the printer as "ready" (using Dell's print management system).

We were told that this printer could handle multiple computers, though they would have to take turns printing.

How do I get this printer to be online?

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RonQ888
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RE: B1163w stays offline

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If you can see the printer on the network from your ROUTER'S list of connected devices and you still can't print to it, then you probably got one with a buggy firmware.

Here is the guaranteed way to tell if the firmware is faulty. Set up Google Cloud Print and see if your laptop can print successfully to the Google Cloud Print via the Chrome browser. If it prints, then it is a problem with the printer and you'll need to contact Dell Tech Support and ask for a warranty replacement.

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jrothra
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The only "fix" I've found is removing and reinstalling the printer every time I want to print.  That is RIDICULOUS to have to do that!  What is the fix?

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IsaiahJones
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RE: B1163w stays offline

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Usually turning it off and then on again can solve the problem but if not, you may want to consider checking if obstructions are present that's why you can't connect.

Here are some points to check for possible obstruction:

  • Ensure that the access point is located indoors and should be within 50 meters of the access point.
  • Check if radio wave interference source is within your vicinity.  Devices like a microwave oven may have the same frequency bandwidth as the wireless station.  To solve this, position the wireless devices far from the interference source.
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edron1
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I had the same problem with an HP Inkjet 8600 Premium (Multifunction-printer, scanner, fax, e-mail, wireless and or USB) right click on the printer in Devices and Printers. Look through all the tabs available for your printer--and choices, Such as see what's printing. You may have to look a lot. Eventually, you will find a check mark that YOU did not place there--right next to a choice 'Offline" There are a lot of tricky things these days with installing and configuring. I am still having problems with mine--but, at least, I found this one solution. Maybe, you have the same problem. I hope I help
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RonQ888
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RE: B1163w stays offline

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If you can see the printer on the network from your ROUTER'S list of connected devices and you still can't print to it, then you probably got one with a buggy firmware.

Here is the guaranteed way to tell if the firmware is faulty. Set up Google Cloud Print and see if your laptop can print successfully to the Google Cloud Print via the Chrome browser. If it prints, then it is a problem with the printer and you'll need to contact Dell Tech Support and ask for a warranty replacement.

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hsginont
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RE: B1163w stays offline

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It works fine with Mac however when trying to print from Windows OS it is always offline while my Mac's can see it no issues.

How to get it fixed.  

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