[OT] printer not found on wired network

James Alton jamesalton.ut at gmail.com
Sat Jul 16 17:04:03 MDT 2016

Did you wire it yourself? 568A or 568B? If I had one guess, I'd say it
sounds like one of the pairs is broken. (Some networking devices can work
around this, some cannot.) How did you test the wire? Something like this?
(One of the first matches, not recommending this brand:

Then of course as others have already said, if you have a solid connection
with an LED network tester, you may need to move into the range of
hundred/thousand dollar testers. (If you can't borrow one, it might make
more sense just to run another wire.) This is assuming you swapped around
cables on the switch end and swapped around patch cables on the printer end
and tried to punch new end connectors on both sides. Easy/cheap stuff to
rule out first.

Also, you're not exceeding the cable length for CAT5, right? :-) (This
would be another thing where some NICs could compensate and some cannot.)


On Sat, Jul 16, 2016 at 12:59 PM, Wade Shearer <wadeshearer.lists at me.com>

> My house is wired with CAT 5. I have a certain room where a printer can’t
> be seen. If I move the printer to any other room, it can be seen. Computers
> plugged into the same jack can be seen and operate on the network normally.
> I have checked the wires at both ends and everything seems to be in order.
> I’m at a loss as to what the issue could be and what to do next. Any ideas
> as to what would cause this strange behavior?
> Wade
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