heyyou325, no it's not the router, fortunately.
Just installed the USB printing app on both the Windows 7 & 8.1 Pro installs on another computer today (the Toshiba), and this one went smoother than the first set did. Am thinking that on the Windows installs, it may be the varying brands of security, love to mix & match so that I don't get caught off guard, loyalty to one solution can prove to be fatal.
Printing from network has proven so far to be very high quality, never realized that the OS degraded print quality the way it obviously did on those OS's, especially B&W, was very dark, wide print & going though carts like mad. The WalMart associate had trouble scanning the 'site to store' bar code receipt for the printer. I have the Windows Printer Test Pages, it never printed this great even when using OEM inks. Pictures did very well, but that was controlling prints from the LCD interface, and not processing through the OS. I'm beginning to wonder if it's the OS's that are the root of many's printing issues (output quality), especially considering the clarity of these test pages using generic inks. Seriously, if I were installing this on another's system & didn't know anything about the printer, I'd have thought it was a model that was just removed from the box & using pricey inks.
Evidently, that earlier Windows 7 OS I had earlier discussed that the install wouldn't take has some Firewall setting to look through & sort out. So far, this is four Windows OS's that it's working on, so I'm not inclined at this point to think it a router issue.
Maybe a network one on my Linux installs, as there are no .deb installers for this USB Printing App. Would be great if there were conversion software for these things (.exe to .deb & the other way around), however I suspect for security purposes, that's not going to happen. It may not even be practical. Though I do know, if one has the right ingredients, though it's painstaking (one reason why we see so few), a .deb file can be created for much anything. The other reason would be that since much Linux software if free, there is no incentive to have a .deb installer for everything, as just noted, creating one takes many hours, and one has to have the components in perfect order (as with an .exe file) to work.
This is yet another OEM example of ignoring (or shafting) Linux users. I can go into the 'Smart-Wi-Fi' portal to make or change settings, but they won't make drivers to fully support all of the device's functions (mainly that USB port). It's not like Macbooks are selling like hotcakes any longer, and their PC sales has been slumping for years (the reason why 'Computer' was removed from the corporation name). It's now just Apple & they're making their fortunes today on devices, not computers, if the phones were removed from their portal, the corporation would sink. Likewise, if Microsoft were to remove computer OS's & Office from theirs & just carry a line of phones, the same would happen, probably quicker.
The cool thing about Linux is that it supports both computers & phones. Android is a threat to Apple, and part of the proof is their lowering of pricing, something that Steve Jobs would never have submitted to, he once vowed to risk every cent the corporation was worth to fight a competitor's device that's for the most part, running Android. Though his position (the fight) wasn't over the OS being used.
The other thing about Linux has to do with the above, it's market share is indeed over 2%, much of that 'Other' are Linux powered devices, and while the stat counters has included mobile phones in Apple's count, they've left Android out of the Linux one. Making it to appear as though Linux users are few & far between, yet chances are, many of us knows someone with a Android powered phone. Mozilla has also announced & may have by now released their phone in emerging markets (not a correct term, as the global economy is constantly 'emerging', how is it limited to a few nations?), and there's talk of a Ubuntu Phone.
And over 20% of of the clients running on Microsoft's Azure are Linux OS's. This alone leads me to believe that Linux usage is higher than stat counters figures, otherwise Microsoft wouldn't be 'embracing' Linux, whereas it's past CEO termed the platform a 'cancer' for years. Ballmer may have accurately described it in terms of how Linux is affecting Windows usage, it's 'lead' is slowly being eaten away. Otherwise, why would they have abandoned how they distributed licenses for their OS's & Office? Any OS with 'Pro' was $299, any Office with Ultimate or Pro Plus was more, Office 2010 Pro Plus was once $499. That was a lucrative licensing scheme & very profitable. To this day, Genuine Full versions of XP Pro & Windows 7 Pro are still $299, and yes, MS is getting a slice of the profit. Even though XP support is very limited, they still take their cut. Users who gets burned by counterfeit software can still purchase a 'Get Genuine' pack, even for XP, direct from MS.
My whole point being, that device OEM cannot continue to ignore success, and the Linux brand is growing, to the point that more than ever are aware of the brand. Just a few years back, one could mention Linux to the average person & they'd say 'what's that?' or 'huh?'. Now many know of it, if only to say, 'I'd never run that crap', what tickled me was that exactly such a person was using my Linux Mint computer, on the Google Chrome browser & running seamlessly while making those comments. When she finished, I asked her to close the page & check out the wallpaper, since she didn't notice the panel. When she seen the Mint Gloria raindrop wallpaper & the 'LM' symbol on the page, asked me what was that. I told here 'what you said you'd never run on your computer & was crap'. Less than a week later, she was asking me to show it to a friend that lost her MS recovery DVD set & she was impressed, enough to let me install it that day.
Many more has make the Linux switch since XP has gone under.
So what's the point in OEM's selling hardware, knowing that some percentage of the consumers will be running Linux on it, and then not supporting the hardware with device drivers & software for the full experience? There is some half-baked support by Intel, AMD & nVIDIA, but only for core functions (the same with my router). Why not fully support the devices for all OS's? They have engineers who may at best, perform 4 hours per day of honest work, why not spend the rest in the creation of software for OS's other than Windows & Mac?
Because the day will surely arrive, that it won't be just a Windows vs Mac arena anymore, and both brands knows this.
Hopefully there will be more published workarounds for my issue. I've looked & looked & can find nothing, yet all of these CUPS/Samba updates keeps pouring in. At the rate that they're installing, as soon as I do find a solution, am hoping to have print quality as good as with the ones successfully setup, or even better, just bypass the OS altogether. That may be the best solution for printing, is moving these off the OS where possible. I would have went with a wireless print server and lower cost router, but many are not well rated & none that I checked out supports Kodak printers. Looks like the USB router option is the best one, if the printer isn't a native wireless one.
I have no doubt that I'll get there, it's a matter of when.