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The joys of wireless

ArcSynArcSyn Registered User regular
I picked up a Dell V515w MFP a few days ago during the one-day sale for $70 and got it set up today. This printer, so far, is great! I was skeptical at first because I knew that Dell's were not very good for quite a while when they first started branding printers, but I saw a bunch of good reviews, and other wireless MFPs were $150-200 to start (the V515w normally retails for $150).

So today I got it unboxed and set up. It's a really sleek unit, black, with a bit of red accenting on the paper holder and output tray (it's a (RED) product). I couldn't believe how easy it was to set up. Win7 automatically downloaded the driver software and got me set up with the printer. The first thing I did was update the firmware. I read a few reviews of a printhead error and the latest firmware specifically stated that it solved that issue. Once I got that all set, I started to set it up on my wireless router. I printed the network config to get the MAC address so I could set up a DHCP reservation, then I used the one-button network setup to automatically set up the network connection. I had never used the one-button setup before, and I was amazed how quickly and easily that works! I started the printer setup, then pushed the one-button setup on my Linksys WRT160nl. A few seconds later, it was connected without typing in my ridiculously complicated passphrase on the printer number pad. The driver setup asked if I was going to use the printer through a wired or wireless connection and set up the proper printer settings on the computer.

It was a nice breath of fresh air compared to some of the wireless setups I was used to (WinXP machines at work) and the fact it worked flawlessly with my WPA encryption was nice too. (Had to downgrade from WPA2 for the Wii, though I refuse to download to WEP for my DSL, I just don't get online that often.)

Anyway, set it up for wireless printing, got it set up on my Windows Home Server (HP LX195), and have it set up so I can scan from the machine to jpg or pdf to shared folders on my server so my netbook doesn't even need to be on. I have nothing but positive things to say about the machine so far, and I hope that it continues to live up to the expectations it's set now.

So what experiences (good or bad) have you had with wireless products? I was really expecting this to be a slight pain in the neck to set up, and I never expected scanning to work so smoothly over the network, but I've been pleasantly surprised with both.

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    ImpersonatorImpersonator Registered User regular
    edited May 2010
    Setting up printers is my Achilles' heel. I'll never understand how they work.

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    PirusuPirusu Pierce Registered User regular
    edited May 2010
    My Epson NX515 was a breeze. Plug 'er in, add a networked printer, and I'm good to go!

    Desktop with Win 7 found it and set it up no problem, and my Macbook Pro didn't have any problems, either.

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    mtsmts Dr. Robot King Registered User regular
    edited May 2010
    yea i have my printer set up semi wirelessly through our airport express. its the bees knees

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    Brodo FagginsBrodo Faggins Registered User regular
    edited May 2010
    Man, if it weren't for your join date...

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    maximumzeromaximumzero I...wait, what? New Orleans, LARegistered User regular
    edited May 2010
    As far as wireless routers go, you either go Apple or go home. (IMHO)

    Seriously, they maybe be pricey, but the ease of use offered by it's software utility is worth every goddamn penny.

    If they only made a DSL Modem so they could strip out all the bullshit that I'll never understand.

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