Samsung's CLX-3175FW is a multi-function laser printer. It is able to print in a full range of colours, handle multiple types of paper and work in a mixed operating system environment. It can scan documents to make copies, save as a file on your computer or send as a fax document. In addition, the CLX-3175FW model printer comes with both a wired and wireless Internet interface. Configuring the wireless interface allows you to print with no cables necessary between your computer and the printer, from anywhere on the printer's network.
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Determining your network type
The first step in configuring your wireless printer is to determine the type of network the printer will connect to. Wireless networks can run in Infrastructure mode or Ad-hoc mode. Infrastructure mode is commonly used in office and home environments, where all devices are connected to create a local area network, or LAN, through a router. Ad-hoc mode uses peer-to-peer communication, meaning that each device communicates directly with the other machines, without the assistance of a router.
Using Infrastructure Mode
To configure your printer to connect through an access point, such as a router, you will need to gather together some information and cables. You need to know the SSID, or name, of the access point to which you will connect, the type of IP addressing used -- either dynamically assigned IP addresses or one assigned by a network administrator -- and the passwords and security settings for the network. In addition, you must have the disc containing the software, and a USB cable to connect the printer to your computer during configuration.
Using Ad-hoc Mode
Configuration using Ad-hoc mode requires having the USB cable, the software disc and a computer with wireless access. If your Ad-hoc network uses security settings for the wireless connection, you will need to know the type of security and password, or key, for the wireless network. You will need to know the computer's IP configuration information to complete the installation. If your computer is using a dynamically assigned IP -- one that can change periodically -- you will need to contact your network administrator to assign a static, or unchanging, IP address to use for the printer. If you are doing this on your home network, you should be able to assign a static IP address through your router. The static IP address is needed so that you will always know the address to use to access the printer.
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