Epson Printer "offline" MacBook Pro

Hello,
I have an Epson Stylus Office 305FX, and a MacBook Pro. I have downloaded all drives etc, it has printed but now it says "offline" and I've tried everything. It has been giving me problems from start getting it to read wi-fi but it eventually worked. Can anyone help ?
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  1. Have you tried turning it off and back on again?

    System Preferences-->Print & Scan (or similar depending on OSX version). Try adding the printer again manually on that screen (admin login, click '+' button, navigate to printer and select). If you can't find the printer, it's not on your network.
    WiFi devices can be finicky, ethernet will be more reliable. I also have my network printers & scanners on static IP addresses to help mitigate the kind of problem you are experiencing.
  2. Hi :)

    For a printer to work with a Mac it has to be 2 things...

    Wireless and in the AIRPRINT list...

    All the best Brett :)
  3. wildwell said:
    Have you tried turning it off and back on again?

    System Preferences-->Print & Scan (or similar depending on OSX version). Try adding the printer again manually on that screen (admin login, click '+' button, navigate to printer and select). If you can't find the printer, it's not on your network.
    WiFi devices can be finicky, ethernet will be more reliable. I also have my network printers & scanners on static IP addresses to help mitigate the kind of problem you are experiencing.
  4. Hi
    thanks for taking the time to reply, I've tried everything, for days ! I gather you are right that Mac's and printers by wifi can be problematic. I have now resorted to asking someone to come and have a look. So when I get it going I'll let you know the outcome.

    Thanks folks MaryMB
  5. Got sorted folks, I bought an USB cable and that solved the problem. It seems that wi-fi Mac and printer is not always reliable. Just need the wires. thanks for the help
  6. This is a recurrent problem with Windows 7 and my epson xp-420 (the rest of my phones and other computers work the printer, just not this one that I use)
    FIRST, i'm assuming you have already made sure your printer is plugged in, turned on and the wifi icon is displayed (simple enough, but time has taught me not to assume);
    THEN: go to- start menu - control panel - printers - find new printer - network printers: make sure the printer you want to use is displayed there.
    NOW: go to - control panel - printers- select the defective (offline) printer and delete it. go back to find new printer network printers and add the displayed printer back to your printers. [for some reason, I still have to select it from a list of epson computers and select the 'use existing drivers' choice) make it your default, it should come right up.
    I do not know why this happens, but for a minute's work on the rare times I have to print, writing this down here where I can always find it will save me a bit of time, and I don't have to know why this works, only that it does and I don't have to reinvent the wheel every time to print a quick document.
    Source(s):
    https://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20110309161108AAMyEIr
  7. Culbert said:
    This is a recurrent problem with Windows 7 ...

    Not really relevant as the OP is using OS X on a Mac.
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