Lexmark 1500 User Manual

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Lexmark 1500 Series

User Guide

June 2007

www.lexmark.com

 

 

Contents

 

Safety information.........................................................................................................

5

Networking the printer...................................................................................................

6

General networking.............................................................................................................................

6

Wireless networking............................................................................................................................

9

Advanced wireless setup...................................................................................................................

14

Printing.........................................................................................................................

16

Getting started...................................................................................................................................

16

Learning about the software print options.........................................................................................

20

Performing printing and related tasks................................................................................................

21

Managing print jobs...........................................................................................................................

30

Working with photos...................................................................................................

31

Connecting photo storage devices....................................................................................................

31

Printing photos from photo storage devices......................................................................................

36

Printing photos from the computer....................................................................................................

39

Working with photos over the wireless network.................................................................................

41

Understanding the printer...........................................................................................

44

Understanding the printer parts.........................................................................................................

44

Understanding the software...............................................................................................................

47

Maintaining the printer................................................................................................

58

Print cartridges..................................................................................................................................

58

Checking the ink levels......................................................................................................................

62

Improving print quality.......................................................................................................................

62

Cleaning the exterior of the printer....................................................................................................

63

Refilling print cartridges.....................................................................................................................

63

Using genuine Lexmark print cartridges............................................................................................

63

Ordering print cartridges....................................................................................................................

64

Ordering paper and other supplies....................................................................................................

64

Finding information about the printer.................................................................................................

65

Recycling Lexmark products.............................................................................................................

67

Contacting Customer Support...........................................................................................................

68

Troubleshooting...........................................................................................................

69

Setup troubleshooting........................................................................................................................

69

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Wireless troubleshooting...................................................................................................................

79

Print troubleshooting..........................................................................................................................

90

Jams and misfeeds troubleshooting..................................................................................................

99

Memory card reader and PictBridge troubleshooting......................................................................

104

Removing and reinstalling the software..........................................................................................

107

Resetting the printer to factory default settings...............................................................................

107

Notices........................................................................................................................

109

Edition notice...................................................................................................................................

109

Product information.........................................................................................................................

109

European EC directives conformity statement for radio products...................................................

112

Power consumption.........................................................................................................................

116

Glossary......................................................................................................................

122

Contents

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Safety information

Use only the power supply and power supply cord provided with this product or the manufacturer's authorized replacement power supply and power supply cord.

Connect the power supply cord to an electrical outlet that is near the product and easily accessible.

CAUTION: Do not twist, bind, crush, or place heavy objects on the power cord. Do not subject the power cord to abrasion or stress. Do not pinch the power cord between objects such as furniture and walls. If the power cord is misused, a risk of fire or electrical shock results. Inspect the power cord regularly for signs of misuse. Remove the power cord from the electrical outlet before inspecting it.

Use only a 26 AWG or larger telecommunications (RJ-11)cord when connecting this product to the public switched telephone network.

Refer service or repairs, other than those described in the user documentation, to a professional service person.

This product is designed, tested, and approved to meet strict global safety standards with the use of specific Lexmark components. The safety features of some parts may not always be obvious. Lexmark is not responsible for the use of other replacement parts.

CAUTION: Do not use the fax feature during a lightning storm. Do not set up this product or make any electrical or cabling connections, such as the power supply cord or telephone, during a lightning storm.

Safety information

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Networking the printer

General networking

Networking overview

A network is a collection of devices such as computers, printers, Ethernet hubs, wireless access points, and routers connected together for communication through cables or through a wireless connection. A network can be either wired, wireless, or designed to have both wired and wireless devices.

Devices on a wired network use cables to communicate with each other.

Devices on a wireless network use radio waves instead of cables to communicate with each other. For a device to be able to communicate wirelessly, it must have a wireless print server attached or installed that enables it to receive and transmit radio waves.

Common home network configurations

For desktop computers, laptops, and printers to communicate with each other over a network, they must be connected by cables and/or have wireless network adapters built in or installed in them.

There are different ways a network can be set up. Five common examples appear below.

Note: The printers in the following diagrams represent Lexmark printers with Lexmark internal print servers built in or installed in them so that they can communicate over a network. Lexmark internal print servers are devices made by Lexmark to enable Lexmark printers to be connected to wired or wireless networks.

Wired network example

A computer, a laptop, and a printer are connected by Ethernet cables to a hub, router, or switch.

The network is connected to the Internet through a DSL or a cable modem.

Internet

Wireless network examples

Four common wireless networks appear below:

Scenario 1: Laptop and printer connected wirelessly with Internet

Scenario 2: Computer, laptop, and printer connected wirelessly with Internet

Scenario 3: Computer, laptop, and printer connected wirelessly without Internet

Scenario 4: Laptop connected wirelessly to printer without Internet

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Scenario 1: Laptop and printer connected wirelessly with Internet

A computer is connected to a wireless router by an Ethernet cable.

A laptop and a printer are connected wirelessly to the router.

The network is connected to the Internet through a DSL or a cable modem.

Internet

Scenario 2: Computer, laptop, and printer connected wirelessly with Internet

A computer, a laptop, and a printer are connected wirelessly to a wireless router.

The network is connected to the Internet through a DSL or a cable modem.

Internet

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Scenario 3: Computer, laptop, and printer connected wirelessly without Internet

A computer, a laptop, and a printer are connected wirelessly to a wireless access point.

The network has no connection to the Internet.

Scenario 4: Laptop connected wirelessly to printer without Internet

A laptop is directly connected wirelessly to a printer without going through a wireless router.

The network has no connection to the Internet.

Finding the MAC address

Most network equipment has a unique hardware identification number to distinguish it from other devices on the network. This is called the Media Access Control (MAC) address.

If your printer has a factory installed internal wireless print server, the MAC address is a series of letters and numbers located on the back of your printer.

If you purchased the internal wireless print server separately, the MAC address appears on an adhesive label that came with the wireless print server. Attach the adhesive label to your printer so you will be able to find the MAC address when you need it.

Note: A list of MAC addresses can be set on a router so that only devices with matching MAC addresses can be allowed to operate on the network. This is calledMAC filtering. If MAC filtering is enabled in your router and you want to add a printer to your network, the MAC address of the printer must be included in the MAC filter list.

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Printing a network setup page

A network setup page lists your printer's configuration settings, including the IP address and MAC address of the printer.

1Make sure the printer is turned on.

2Press .

The light pulses.

3Press and hold .

4While holding , press.

5When the light becomes steady, release. The network setup page prints.

Wireless networking

IP addresses

Finding IP addresses

An IP address is a unique number used by devices on an IP network to locate and communicate with each other. Devices on an IP network can only communicate with each other if they have unique and valid IP addresses. A unique IP address means no two devices on the same network have the same IP address.

How to locate a printer's IP address

You can locate the printer's IP address by printing out the printer's network setup page.

How to locate a computer's IP address

1Click Apple menu System Preferences.

2Click Network.

3From the Show pop-upmenu, selectAirport.

4Click TCP/IP.

The IP address appears as four sets of numbers separated by periods, such as 192.168.0.100.

Related topics:

“Printing a network setup page” on page 9

Assigning an IP address

An IP address may be assigned by the network using DHCP. The print object, created at the end of the installation, sends all print jobs across the network to the printer using this address.

Many networks have the ability to automatically assign an IP address. Auto-IPis the ability for individual devices to assign themselves a unique IP address. Most networks use DHCP to assign addresses.

Related topics:

“Installing the printer on a network” on page 12

Types of wireless networks

Networks can operate in one of two modes: infrastructure or ad hoc. Lexmark recommends setting up a network in infrastructure mode using the installation CD that came with the printer.

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A wireless network where each device communicates with others through a wireless access point (wireless router) is set up in infrastructure mode. All devices must have valid IP addresses and share the same SSID and channel. In addition, they must share the same SSID and channel as the wireless access point (wireless router).

A simple type of wireless network is one where a PC with a wireless adapter communicates directly with a printer equipped for wireless networking. This mode of communication is called ad hoc. A device in this type of network must have a valid IP address and be set to ad hoc mode. The wireless print server must also be configured with the same SSID and channel.

 

Infrastructure

Ad hoc

 

 

 

Characteristics

 

 

 

 

 

Communication

Through wireless access point (wireless

Directly between devices

 

router)

 

 

 

 

Security

More security options

 

 

 

 

Range

Determined by range and number of

Restricted to range of individual devices

 

access points

on network

 

 

 

Speed

Usually faster

Usually slower

 

 

 

 

 

 

Requirements for all

 

 

devices on the network

 

 

 

 

 

Unique IP address for each

Yes

Yes

device

 

 

 

 

 

Mode set to

Infrastructure mode

Ad hoc mode

 

 

 

Same SSID

Yes, including the wireless access point

Yes

 

(wireless router)

 

 

 

 

Same channel

Yes, including the wireless access point

Yes

 

(wireless router)

 

 

 

 

Infrastructure mode is the recommended setup method because it has:

Increased network security

Increased reliability

Faster performance

Easier setup

Finding the signal strength

Wireless devices have built-inantennas that transmit and receive radio signals. The signal strength listed on the printer network setup page indicates how strongly a transmitted signal is being received. Many factors can affect the signal strength. One factor is interference from other wireless devices or even other devices such as microwave ovens. Another factor is distance. The farther two wireless devices are from each other, the more likely it is that the communication signal will be weaker.

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