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I've just bought a wireless Epson XP-202 printer. I am trying to get it connecting to my BT Home Hub 3.

I am following the instructions from the disk provided and its telling me to 'press the WPS button on my router and hold down the wifi button on the printer'. I can do both of these, however after a few minutes the printer fails to connect to the Internet.

Following a quick search of the Internet, I discovered that BT have disabled their WPS button on their routers. The only other option is to connect the printer via USB, however Epson don't provide you with the USB to the printer (clever Epson).

Any idea how I can get the printer connected to my wifi?

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The printer doesn't have a tiny graphical interface?

You'll have to manually tell it what WiFi network to connect to (and what the password is). All WiFi printers I've encountered had a little menu on the display to do that. If not you'll have to get a USB cable. You might be able to do the WiFi setup over USB with some Epson tool though.

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The printer has no little interface. Just a set of buttons on the front of the printer.

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Ohh Do you mean your local LAN or internet! I was going to use NMap the other day to find open printers! It would be fun to print to a printer random crap on the other side of the world haha! Same when I first got Bluetooth you could stand outside one of the phone shops in Town and print randomly to a Bluetooth printer. No one in the shop had a clue what was going on ;-)

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Yeah from looking that the manual does not look like you can set it up manual - get a better printer, or buy a usb cable - printers are almost always type B. You don't have a type A to B cable??

Buy one and put it in your computer toolbox - they are like < $5

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I bought the printer on a student fee. It came it

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From the manual

https://www3.epson.c...?productId=2117

Once you setup the wifi info you can remove the cable

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Okay thanks very much. Il try buy one tomorrow and see how it goes.

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Don't you have someone near by you can just borrow their printer cable from? Should only take you a few minutes to get it up and running on wifi after you have the cable. Anyone that has a printer or scanner, etc.. should have such a cable.

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I shall ask. I only know one 'tech guy' nearby in my town as I'm from the city. If not I will just go to my local supermarket and get one as I have checked their website and they sell one for

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doesn't need to be a tech guy - just a guy/gal with a printer or scanner ;)

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So I got a USB cable from my local super market. I've connected it to my laptop, it found my wifi name and attempts to connect. However I'm getting the error message:

'Confirm security mode. The security set for the router/access point is not supported by the printer. For example, a router/access point set to 802.11n with WPA-PSK (TKIP) security is not support'

There was no option between selecting my router name and this error message to enter my wifi key. What can I do?

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Spoke to BT directly and they told me to change my security settings to WEP, which I did and it now connects to the wifi.

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WEP is not secure bud. Wouldn't advise keeping it that way unless you absolutely have/want to.

One way round this would be to plug your printer into a desktop pc via this new cable and share printer via windows/whatever OS you are using.

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I'm taking it back tomorrow! It was more hassle than its worth. I just presume this is an older model. Can't believe they would sell a printer that won't find a router via its own wifi function or that won't accept WPA!

Lets just hope staples accept it back!

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I'm taking it back tomorrow! It was more hassle than its worth. I just presume this is an older model. Can't believe they would sell a printer that won't find a router via its own wifi function or that won't accept WPA!

Lets just hope staples accept it back!

I'm sure they'll accept it back, and depending on how good you are they'll probably even offer a better wireless printer at a slight discount (and yeah, a wireless printer that's not compatible with WPA shouldn't even be on the market any more let alone needing to connect it to a computer to get it on said wireless)

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It literally in the same condition as I took it out of the box except from damage to the polystyrene. My only concern is that in order for me to set up the printer I had to enter the 4 starter ink cartridges it came with. There was no other way to set it up without them. Could they turn around and not accept it because I put these in?

Looking on their website (as I presume il have to buy another with them), I want to stay with Epson because the the ink is cheaper, which one is better out of these two:

1). http://www.staples.co.uk/printers-shredders-machines-calculators/printers/inkjet-all-in-one-printers/xp-405-3-in-1-printer

2). http://www.staples.co.uk/printers-shredders-machines-calculators/printers/inkjet-all-in-one-printers/xp-305-3-in-1-printer

All I want the printer to do is to connect to the wifi without me having to connect any wire or change any security settings. Print via AirPrint or at least print documents from ipad... And obviously print ha!

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Yeah I can not believe there would be any wireless printers on the market that do not support atleast WPA - as stated already WEP is not sure, forcing you to use WEP to use this printer is compromising your network.

Does it state anywhere on the box that it only support WEP? If not then yeah they have to take it back for that reason alone - you did not know it wouldn't work with your network until you had set it up.

According to this

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Epson-Expression-XP-202-Small-Printer/dp/tech-data/B008OHNIDC

Wireless Security: WEP 64/128-bit, WPA PSK (TKIP), WPA PSK (AES)

So what are you running for wifi security? Are you sure your not using WPA2 which it doesn't list.

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My security on my router which is the recommended is 'WPA & WPA2'.

The printer was having none of it when i was trying to connected it and was displaying the error message as seen in a earlier post. When I contacted BT directly they told me to put the router security into 'WEP'.

Quick check of the box and it shows no info about the wifi only that it has wifi and various wifi symbols.

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Well WPA and WPA2 is not the same as just WPA, its quite possible simple devices might key off the wpa2 and just give up, etc.

Not saying I wouldn't suggest a printer you can set from the panel for your wifi, and one that supports wpa2 -- but for grins I would set your router to wpa and then try and connect with the printer.

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Well I'm defiantly going to get a different one as this one couldn't AirPrint. But I know someone with the same router as me and a Epson printer with the display panel at the front and their one is fine so I will give that a go.

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Set of buttons on the front of the printer and then you will be connect this. You can connect it throgh cable and wire. It your choice what you want.

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