The Arcadyan VGV7519, also known as the KPN Experia Box v8, features an USB port, which can be used to turn your USB printer into a network printer. However, simply connecting your USB printer the USB port onto the router is not enough; Windows will not recognize the printer as a network printer. Instead, you have to install the printer manually, as if it was connected as a local printer. In this guide, I’ll explain how to setup your USB printer with the Arcadyan VGV7519 / Experia Box v8 and how to connect to your printer.
First, make sure your USB printer is connected to the USB port of your router and power on your printer.
Secondly, open a webbrowser and go to the web interface of your router by entering the IP address of your router into your web browser’s address bar. If you’re unsure what the IP address of your router is, try the default IP which is 192.168.2.254. If that doesn’t work, i.e. the web interface of your router does not show up, you can find it’s IP address by open the Network and Sharing Center in the Windows Control Panel;
Click the name of your Internet connection, in my case Wireless Network Connection (TELUS2410).
Click the Details button to view more information about the connection.
Look for the IPv4 Default Gateway IP address in the details window. Type this IP address into your web browser’s address bar.
Type this IP address into your web browser’s address bar. The router’s web interface should now show up. Login using the administrator password, which is default either ‘admin’, ‘1234’ or blank (i.e. do not fill in anything).
Once logged in to the router’s web interface, go to Extras –> USB –> Enable USB function
Next, go to ‘Printer Server’ and check whether the Enable LPD-LPR Printer Server function is enabled. Also take note of the LPR queue name, which is ‘printer’ by default.
The web interface already reveals a little bit what we’re going to do next, as it says: “In order to do so, you need to set up a “local printer” using a “Standard TCP/IP Port” on each computer you wish to print from. The IP address of printer server is 192.168.2.254, and host name is router.” Let’s get going!
- Choose Control Panel from the Start menu.
- Double-click Printers.
- Click on Add a printer in the menu bar.
- Click on Add a local printer.
- Select Create a new port. Select Standard TCP/IP port from the drop-down menu and click Next.
- In the Hostname or IP Address field, fill in the IP Address of your router. This is the same IP address you’ve entered earlier in your web browser to visit the web interface of your router, by default 192.168.2.254
The Port name field will automatically complete.
De-select the checkbox for the Query the printer and automatically select the driver to use option and click Next.
- Windows will now detect the remote host. This could take several minutes.
- You will now be prompted to configure the TCP/IP port.
Select Custom and click Settings… to open the configuation dialog.
- Select LPR as the Protocol
Provide the Queue Name from your router’s web interface, which is ‘printer’ by default.
Check the LPR Byte Counting Enabled option, and make sure that SNMP Status Enabled is unchecked.
- Update your printer drivers from Microsoft by first selecting the Windows Update button before selecting a printer model.
This could take several minutes.
- Select the driver appropriate for the model of printer being installed. After selecting the driver from the list, click Next.
- In case Windows detects that a driver is already installed for this printer, click the bullet next to Use the driver that is currently installed (recommended)
- Enter a printer name that you would like to use and click Next.
- Make sure the bullet is selected beside Do not share this printer
- Click to put a check mark beside of Set as the default printer (if you do wish to make it your default printer)
- Click Finish. Your printer should now be set up and ready to use.