Brother Printer is Offline

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Brother Printer is Offline

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Please, bear with me.

I'm in the 9th week of a case of sciatica. Bulging disks, spinal canal stenosis, and decades of wear and tear have brought me to this. Between the pain and the opiates I have to take to control it, my brain is damn near completely dysfunctional. I cannot find how to vary the printer back online. I've tried the usual unplug it and plug it back in, but no joys. If my brain would allow me to compose a decent search argument, I'd not bother you . . .

Can anyone tell me how to get my printer back, or point me to a wiki that my drug inhibited brain can understand? I'd be much obliged for the information.

My os is Windows 11; my printer is a Brother HL-2270DW, my wifi network is powered by T-Mobile.

Thank you for the forbearance.

:cheers: :chocciebar: :thankyou:
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I cannot help you with your printer problem, but I wish you all the best - I hope that your health will improve.
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BobH wrote:
10 Jun 2024, 19:01
...Can anyone tell me how to get my printer back...
Best I can suggest is that you find a friendly local geek who can come to your house and guide you in fixing it / fix it for you.

Meanwhile, I too offer you best wishes for a return to good health.

Ken

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Bob
Is this any use?

Or this?
Silverback

PS : I've suffered from sciatica. Not nice. I wish you well.

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Thank you for the kind words.

Silverback, I've downloaded the tool and will give it some attention when my head clears a bit.
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Assuming you configure your printer by assigning a fixed address, here is a solution that works for me.

Go to your printer port setting as shown in the attachment and follow the settings.

Hope you feel better. Last summer my brother in law visited us and he had a severe case of sciatica attack. He is now back in the States and was treated by the use of epidural injections and some medication his doctor prescribed. He is now better and was able to travel.

While he was here I did some research and came upon some other possible non invasive treatment. Look into
discogel and discseel treatment in case you want alternative options.

Take care.
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Popping back in here for an update: For reasons unknown to me and due to no certain efforts on my part, my printer is back online and working. I don't know, for certain, what caused it but I suspect Airplane Mode. While I've grown accustomed to using Airplane Mode on iOS devices, I was unaware that such a thing existed in Windows. I discovered, quite by accident, that Airplane Mode was turned on on my Dell laptop. I turned it off. Some time later (days, at least) I tried again to print something thinking that I would attack the problem again only to be very pleasantly surprised to learn that the printer functioned as it always had.

The printer had worked with this laptop for some months before it suddenly stopped working. We experienced multiple power outages during and following a tornado in May. I inferred that the printer problem was related to those multiple power outages. Because I had no knowledge of the existence of Airplane Mode in Windows, I am certain that I did not set the option to "on." Might this have happened during frequent restarts? Might a Windows Update have done it? Have I incorrectly linked Airplane Mode and my printer's dysfunction?

Someone else might come across this thread in future, that's why I'm re-opening the topic and raising these questions. :cheers: :chocciebar: :thankyou:
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You are probably right that your issue was caused by Airplane Mode being turned on. How it was turned on will forever be unknown although there are many ways to inadvertently turn it on and off. Like you, I was not familiar with this feature but a quick Perplexity search produced this:
Airplane mode is a feature in Windows that allows you to quickly disable all wireless communications on your device, including Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, cellular data, and GPS. This can be useful when you're on an airplane or in situations where wireless signals are prohibited or need to be turned off.

You can enable Airplane mode in Windows 10/11 using any of the following methods:

Action Center: Click the Action Center icon in the taskbar, expand it if needed, and click the Airplane mode tile to turn it on.
Network Fly-out: Click the Network icon in the notification area and toggle Airplane mode on.
Settings App: Open Settings > Network & Internet > Airplane mode, and turn on the toggle switch.
Lock Screen: On the Lock screen, click the network icon and turn on the Airplane mode toggle switch.
Keyboard Shortcut: Some laptops have a dedicated function key (e.g., Fn + F5) to enable Airplane mode.

To disable Airplane mode and re-enable wireless communications, follow these steps:

Action Center: Click the Airplane mode tile again to turn it off.
Network Fly-out: Toggle Airplane mode off from the Network icon.
Settings App: Open Settings > Network & Internet > Airplane mode, and turn off the toggle switch.
Lock Screen: On the Lock screen, turn off the Airplane mode toggle switch.
Command Prompt: Open Command Prompt as administrator and run the command reg add HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\RadioManagement\SystemRadioState /ve /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f to disable Airplane mode.

Disabling Airplane mode will restore your device's ability to connect to wireless networks, use Bluetooth devices, and access GPS.
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Paul

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