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brother wifi printer shows offline windows 8.1

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Is this a direct to the printer connection (Wifi) or through a router (is the printer wired to the router and other devices connect to the router via Wifi)?


The easiest fix so far for this is to power down the printer, wait 10~20 seconds and then power up the printer.  The PCs will have to do some network handshaking with the printer so in a bout 30 seconds your printer will be back online.


I have a Brother MFC-J625DW wifi printer that does the exact same thing; I believe that it is related to a hardware watch-dog timer that turns the NIC in the printer off (or in stand-by mode) to conserve power.

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