After discussing this issue with both my printer manufacturer and my laptop manufacturer, the going assumption is that the issue referenced above is a quirk of Windows 10.
When I print to any printer using a USB cable (necessary as my wireless router sometimes goes down), I don't hear the familiar "Connected chime" that you normally would hear when connecting a USB device. But it does indeed print using the USB cable, and the printer is highlighted in color (i.e., not greyed out) in the Devices and Printers portion of Control Panel. The only time I DID hear the connection chime was when the USB driver for the printer was first installed - but I haven't heard it since. The connection chime oddly does provide peace of mind, so I'd love to get it back.
Moreover, I hear the USB device connect sound with other devices, such as my scanner, joystick, USB hub, mouse, etc. So it's strange that this is only happening with printers when using the USB port.
The hypothesis of one of the support reps with whom I spoke is that, because my printer was NOT a standard "plug and play" device and required a special driver to install it, that once said driver was installed, the device became "part of the computer" and no longer chimed when connected via USB. And while such an explanation sounds very Dalai Lama, I'm not entirely certain I understand it. But I can say that my 5-year old Windows 7 laptop always emits a device connect sound when connecting to the same printer via USB, so I believe that Win 10 is at issue here.
Does anyone in the community have any experience or thoughts on this issue? Thank you for your help.
Edited by l0rdthund3r, 20 July 2016 - 03:30 AM.