We have just bought a Brother MFC-J430W wireless printer. Wireless so my wife can work on her studies on her laptop and be able to print without having to disconnect the printer from the desktop PC and connect it to the laptop via the USB cable, or transer the file to a flash drive and transfer to the PC then print, etc etc.
After a number of hours struggling to set it up, I finally got the laptop to "find" the printer - apparently the optimum method is to set it up via the Thomson wireless router. And it worked fine - yay, great celebrations at 2.00am.
Now, the issue is every time the laptop is turned off and back on again, the router needs to be restarted, otherwise the laptop shows the printer as being "offline". Once restarted, the printer comes "online" according to the laptop.
Weird thing is, while the status is "offline", in the Thomson Gateway setup thingie on the PC it still shows the printer as connecting to the router. I hope that makes sense.
The Brother helpdesk has e-mailed me suggesting that I set up as "Ad-Hoc" - however, they have said that this setup means the laptop can't connect to the internet, for whatever reason.
They also suggested we connect the laptop to the printer via the the USB cable, wich rather destroys the point of us buying a wireless printer in the first place.
So - any ideas around why we need to restart the router all the time, and how to fix it please? Or is Ad Hoc the way to go (there is no "network" to speak of - just the laptop and the PC).
Any advice greatly appreciated.