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TS1253 Brother laser printer not responding

603 Views 2 Replies Latest reply: May 30, 2012 11:03 AM by Roy Patience RSS
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May 20, 2012 1:15 AM

My old Airport Extreme Base Station (the white flying saucer one) was acting flakey and I replaced it with a new Airport Extreme Base Station. I set up the new base station and hooked up a Brother HL-5070N laser printer to the base station with Ethernet and an Epson 3800 with USB. I deleted all the printers and replaced them with the Brother and Epson printers.


The problem is that the Brother printer doesn't respond when I print to it. Sometimes it will print when I cycle the power off and then back on.


I have had virtually no problems with either printer in the past. They just worked and worked.


I am running Lion 10.7.3 and have downloaded the latest printer driver from the Brother site. The driver is the CUPS version 4.10 (I think).


I have restarted the computer (nearly new MacBook Pro) several times with no success in curing the problem.


A symptom with the new AEBS is that the status LED is flashing amber which is supposed to indicate that there is a problem. The Airport Utility tells me that there is a problem with the internet connection, but I am able to access the internet.


I would be grateful for any help.



Airport Extreme Base Station
  • HACKINT0SH Level 5 Level 5 (5,750 points)
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    May 21, 2012 1:39 AM (in response to Roy Patience)

    Could you quote the flashing amber message exactly? It may be important.


    Also, seems you need to power-cycle your Modem, hopefully that flushes correct info to the base-station. Let's make sure we fix your router settings first.


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