McAfee Problems With a Wireless Printer: How to Fix Them

“I’m unable to configure my wireless printer when McAfee is turned on, how do I fix it? McAfee doesn’t let me share files in my home network, what do I do? After installing McAfee updates, I can’t wirelessly print on my wireless network, what do I do?” These are some of the common problems which users face when using their wireless printer with McAfee program installed. It looks bizarre when some things work with McAfee while some don’t.

McAfee problems can erupt anytime with your wireless printer no matter how hard you try to stave them off. On the other hand, it also doesn’t mean that you’ll continue to face problems when using your wireless printer with McAfee antivirus/firewall turned on. However, there can miscellaneous reasons that may result in such problems that you may or may not be able to fix without professional computer support.

I’m explaining some of the McAfee problems with wireless printers here. Check them out and their possible fixes also:

· Regular use

· McAfee updates

· Windows updates or updates from the printer manufacturer

· Changes in current configuration and settings

· Incorrect printer configuration

· Compatibility issues between McAfee and wireless printer

· Miscellaneous problems

Upon encountering a problem, you should always check the error message first. The error message often indicates problem with a particular program or service. Thus error message itself serves as a possible solution to a problem. I can give you an example of this. Sometimes, when you receive ‘The Print Spooler service has stopped working’, you know what to do. You will restart the Print Spooler service and that’s it. Your problem will be fixed. Though you should also look in to what probably caused to stop it. In a nutshell, I want to say that an error message itself may suggest a solution to your problem.

If you are unable to share your printer with other computer, there can be miscellaneous reasons behind this problem. Upon facing this problem, you can always first check whether you have added the IP address of the printer to your McAfee firewall’s permission list or not. This has been observed as the most common reason in not being able to share printer with other computer or device. So change your McAfee settings to add printer’s IP address to the permitted networks and get going. Now this is not going to fix all the problems related to printer sharing but will definitely fix the one which it is related to.

Bad McAfee updates can surely cripple your printer as well as computer. If this seems to be the case, you must immediately report about it to McAfee technical support. This will help them find out if other customers are also facing a similar problem and thus if there is a need for launching a fix or not. I am also suggesting an article here that describes how you can fix a McAfee-crippled computer.

Like McAfee updates, Windows updates can also be messy. They may result in conflicts between McAfee and your wireless printer. So, install only necessary updates and not all of them. When it comes to driver software for your wireless printer, it will be better if you download them from the manufacturer’s website and not through Windows updates.

Compatibility issues between McAfee and your wireless printer can lead to miscellaneous problems in your computer. McAfee has given a complete chart of compatible McAfee and wireless router/printer versions on its website. Before you buy a wireless printer/router, do check this chart. This helps make sure that you buy the right, compatible version and no issues occur between McAfee and your wireless printer.

Changes in your printer’s or McAfee’s configuration & settings may result in problems. The best thing you can do to fix it is by restoring the old configurations. If the changes are needed, then make sure you do them in the right way. McAfee problems with your wireless printer can also be sorted out using automated troubleshooter either provided by McAfee or your wireless printer manufacturer.


Preparing to Become a Dye Sublimation Display Printer – What Do I Need to Know

Question: Could you recommend a sublimation printer?

Answer: No. I post these Q & A articles on sites that won’t allow me to use brand names or shamelessly self-promote our company, so I have to tread lightly. However, I can tell you how we shop for equipment like dye sub printers.

First, determine your market. Do you need a 2.1 meter width printer, or a 3.2 meter. What is available? What do your clients need most consistently? If you know that most of your clients order dye sub fabric banners that are 8 feet wide or tall, then a wider printer may be a better investment. If you’re purchasing a 2nd, 3rd, or 4th unit, and you know that you have a lot of waste on your larger printers, you may need a smaller printer.

Next, we want to see our prospective printer in action. If you have a trusted rep at one company or more that can take you to some print shops that print with one of the printers or more that they sell. Continue Reading

How To Take Care Of Your Printer And Save Money

Some households may need to have a printer for different purposes. Usually, these devices are for school work and for business. However, a person who always uses a printer should also know how to take care of it. This means ensuring the integrity of the equipment so it can be used for a long time. If you have a printer of your own, make sure that you know a few tips to maintain and troubleshoot it. Aside from saving money on buying a new one, you could maximize the use of the printer for better value. Moreover, you can save time and effort instead of bringing the printer to a service center because of unwanted damage repairs. So how can we maintain a good printer equipment?

First, make sure that there is always enough ink in your cartridge. These cartridges are sensitive and they should always be in good shape. You can monitor the ink capacity of each cartridge by looking at the label. There is usually a limit on how much ink is left in the container. This way, you can easily have it refilled or you can buy a new one. When you save some ink for the printing, you are maintaining the quality of the prints. There will be no ink mess on the paper and you can easily have documents that are clean and perfect. You need to monitor the ink at least every month if you are printing every other day. Continue Reading

Can Remanufactured Ink Cartridges Damage Your Printer?

This is not an easy question to answer at the moment because of the fact that every single person has an opinion about buying ink cartridges. We are faced with so many different opportunities that we can take advantage of in the event that we need such ink cartridges and a huge problem is that we usually end up choosing based on price tags. Contrary to what you might believe at the moment, it is better to buy genuine ink cartridges and remanufactured items cannot offer the same quality as the original. Continue Reading

Wireless Network Security: How to Use Kismet

Kismet is a wireless network detector / sniffer which can give you a vast amount of information about wireless networks. Wireless network security flaws are well documented but often very hard for the common person to understand. I will be showing you how to use kismet with out even having to install Linux, or compile kismet.

First you need to proceed to and download and burn their Auditor CD. (IF you don’t know how to burn an ISO image, go to Google). This version of Linux doesn’t install or modify your hard drive; it will boot from the CD and use a Ram Drive (On your Memory).

Auditor is not only a great tool for testing wireless network security with kismet but it also has many other computer security tools on it as well.

Client Window

Next, to start Kismet proceed to the Linux version of the start menu, and press Auditor.
Now proceed to the wireless /scanning/kismet tools/kismet.

Once you click on Kismet it will ask you for a default location to place the Kismet log files for analyzing later, just press the desktop or temp file.

Now I will show you how to use Kismet. When kismet initially opens you will see a greenish box with numbers and network names (If any are near you) clicking away don’t be overwhelmed. (Also I can’t show you how to use kismet if you don’t have the correct wireless adapter, get an ORINICO Gold Classic Card off EBAY.) The Orninco gold classic card will be automatically detected by auditor linux.

The Kismet columns will show the wireless networks SSID (Name), Type of device (Access point, gateway) Encryption or no Encryption, an IP range and number of packets. Kismet will pick up hidden networks with SSID broadcast Disabled also, Netstumbler will not.

Now Press H, to bring up the Help Menu. This will give the nuts and bolts on how to use kismet. If you tab down to the network you are auditing and press “C”, Kismet will show you all the computers that are using that wireless access point / gateway. This Kismet screen will show you the clients MAC address, Manufacture of Wireless Adapter, IP address range and traffic.

Kismet: Help Menue

Now to get out of that screen press “Q”. Tab Down on the Main Kismet Screen to another SSID and press “I”. This Kismet window will show detailed information about the wireless network. The Kismet detail screen will show the type of network (Infrastructrure / Adhoc), signal strength, channel, encryption type, and much more.

Kismet will also give you sound alerts when new wireless networks are discovered or security alerts or suspicious clients are in range. Suspicious clients would be people like you who are using Kismet or Networkstumbler. Unlike you these could be Wardrivers looking for venerable networks to hack into.

Kismet Alert Page

You can prevent War drivers from discovering your wireless network by performing a proper site survey which will help limit signal bleed off to unneeded areas. You should write down the suspicious MAC address and keep an eye on your access logs. If the War Drivers are really stupid just look out your window and look for cars with weird antennas.HA HA HA.

Kismet is more than just a tool to discover wireless networks; it can be used in conjunction with other tools to crack WEP/WPA. Many websites will claim that WEP can be cracked in less that five minutes. This is only half the truth because it could take many hours,days,months to gather enough packets to crack. Good luck and have fun learning the more advanced applications of kismet.

Small Business Computer Network Cabling and Wireless Network Options – A Tough Decision

Cabling up an office is expensive. So what should you do when you move premises? There are a few basic options for the small business owner.

The first question I often get is “Can I just go completely wireless?”. The answer is yes you can, but be prepared to do it properly and be prepared for it to be a bit more complex than you first thought.

Many small businesses typically use a home grade wireless router for their wireless networking needs. This is the kind of appliance that you’d usually have at home. The bad news is that while this might kind of get you by, it’s not a business grade solution and it’s not usually very secure.

Business grade wireless access points have several features that most of the home grade appliances don’t have.

Firstly you might need a larger, more powerful antenna to better cover your office, which most of the home wireless routers don’t offer.

Secondly, if you’re concerned about security for your wireless network, then you should consider having the computers that use your wireless network authenticate with your network server using a technology such as RADIUS.

Thirdly, you might need multiple wireless access points to seamlessly work together to cover your entire office, which the home wireless router won’t help you with.

Fourthly you might want to monitor who’s connecting to your wireless network and again a technology like RADIUS will help with this.

Lastly if you intend to allow guests to your office to connect to the internet then you’ll need to segregate them from the rest of your network and give them a secure way of connecting without giving away your office passwords.

The other issue with wireless networks is that often yours can be prone to interference from other nearby offices.

Not so simple is it?

So the other option is to cable up an office. The thing about cabling an office is that you get a higher quality, faster, more secure network. If you’re doing this afresh, make sure to ask your network cabling contractor to use Category 6 network cabling as it’ll be more reliable with the higher speeds that are coming out for networks.

Cabling an office is expensive, but unless you’ve got a big budget for a wireless network to do it properly, it’s probably the best option.

Many businesses will have their office cabled and have wireless access for their meeting areas. This is normal and it’s a lot simpler than setting up a wireless network to cover every nook and cranny in many offices.

Go in with your eyes wide open and be prepared to compromise a little bit with the wireless and remember that the wireless appliances like the one you have at home are just that, home grade appliances.

Solve 5 Common Wireless Network Problems

Yes, wireless network problems can be annoying when you want to get connected. Nevertheless, wireless network problems can usually be fixed without much fuss. Before you begin to troubleshoot what is wrong with your network. Make sure you have properly setup your network.

1. Unreliability

This is one of the most a common wireless network problems. It can be caused by faulty hardware or thick walls. More often than not this is caused by interference due to wiring in the building or home that doesn’t allow for a particularly strong signal. Also wireless network strength can fluctuate widely from the same area.

The best solution to this wireless network problem is to boost the signal. This can be achieved in a number of ways. Your wireless device may offer a boost option in its package. If not, it might be best to create a boost using your home or building electricity wiring. This is sometimes known as a Homeplug Network. You can find devices these adapters at your local computer store or online.

2. Get Rid of Interference

Wi-Fi rich areas produce a lot of interference. Many routers can be vying for a place on a single channel. So, its best to change the channel to avoid interference. Switching channels can sometimes award the user with a significant boost in wireless performance. You can change the channel in your router and windows settings.

3. My Router Displays Lowers Speeds

In a perfect setting your router would get the maximum speed. However, the spec displayed on the box is achieved in a lab settings. Your speed result is usually and average. So if you have a 54Mbits/sec router. It’s highly doubtful you will see any speeds near to that number. Be happy if you are crushing in the 30Mbits/sec range.

4. My Computer Won’t Connect to the Internet

The best thing to do is to ensure that everything is plugged in properly. Look at your router lights to see if it indicates that a connection is being made with the internet. Also use Windows Network and Sharing Center to check your internet connection. Simply double click the internet icon in your task bar to and choose Network and Sharing Center then choose Manage Wireless Networks. Windows Problems and Solutions option will also provide you with some direction.

5. Slow Online Play