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Constantin
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Is there a max printer number?

Dear folks, I connected my small farm of 9 x MK3S+ and 1 x MK4 to wifi using Raspberry Pi's zero 2 W. The wifi router is placed in the same room - still, it is difficult to connect all printers to the Internet. Between 1 and 2 printers usually show "NO LAN CONNECTION" and won't connect to the Internet. It usually is one of the latter ones that I start. How can I fix that? Did I already max out the total number of printers the 2.4 GHz net can handle?

Thanks a lot & best wishes,

Constantin

Best Answer by _KaszpiR_:

No LAN connection seems like you have problems with local network/wifi or the device that manages those.

Check your wifi device if it has limit of clients it can handle. Some cheap devices can do only 8. Good access pionts can reach almost 100.

Additionally if you have a separate network settings for that wifi then ensure the DHCP address range is wide enough for all devices in that wifi network plus 20%. If you have a shared wifi with local network then ensure that range covers also devices over cables as well.

Check your router if it can handle so many devices on the network, usually anything not okser than 8 years should handle it without problems. You many need to increase number of connections in the router, but then it would usually kill connections randomly for anyone on the network. 

Finally, sometimes internet service providers are horrible and cna drop connections, then request new router/modem especially if it is over 8 years old and you get any network issues whatsoever.

Posted : 16/06/2024 8:46 am
fuchsr
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RE: Is there a max printer number?

Not a networking expert but 10 devices should be nowhere near what a wifi network can handle. A router should do 30 or so easily. 

Posted : 16/06/2024 11:20 am
_KaszpiR_
(@_kaszpir_)
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RE: Is there a max printer number?

No LAN connection seems like you have problems with local network/wifi or the device that manages those.

Check your wifi device if it has limit of clients it can handle. Some cheap devices can do only 8. Good access pionts can reach almost 100.

Additionally if you have a separate network settings for that wifi then ensure the DHCP address range is wide enough for all devices in that wifi network plus 20%. If you have a shared wifi with local network then ensure that range covers also devices over cables as well.

Check your router if it can handle so many devices on the network, usually anything not okser than 8 years should handle it without problems. You many need to increase number of connections in the router, but then it would usually kill connections randomly for anyone on the network. 

Finally, sometimes internet service providers are horrible and cna drop connections, then request new router/modem especially if it is over 8 years old and you get any network issues whatsoever.

See my GitHub and printables.com for some 3d stuff that you may like.

Posted : 16/06/2024 11:48 am
Constantin
(@constantin-2)
Eminent Member
Topic starter answered:
RE: Is there a max printer number?

Thanks a lot for your hints. I probably was too naive - after checking my router I realized it has been introduced in 2011...so it's 13 years old. And counting everything that connects to my WLan (smart home devices) I ended up with 17 devices. I couldn't find any reliable information on the device amount I can connect - but I'm probably at the limit. I will get a new router and let you know whether this fixed the issue.

Thank again and best wishes from the Baltic sea,

Constantin 

Posted : 16/06/2024 12:30 pm
_KaszpiR_
(@_kaszpir_)
Honorable Member
RE: Is there a max printer number?

I suggest looking carefully at the router settings, it may just need tweaking (especially in DHCP range), and that may be all needed to make it work.

See my GitHub and printables.com for some 3d stuff that you may like.

Posted : 16/06/2024 5:15 pm
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