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There are different types of network offline problems. The most common is network offline problem.

For instance, Brother MFC-5890CN printer connected to home network. It would show its status as Offline. Sometimes it would print after a very long delay (20 minutes or longer) and also you get errors.



How to Fix This Kind of Network Offline Problems?

Step 1.

Use the default of "Obtain DNS server address automatically" for the network interface card TCP/IPv4 settings.

Step 2.

Go into the Device Manager and under Imaging, delete all copies of the Brother printer. On the worse situation, uninstall the printer driver.

Step 3.

Remove all copies of the Brother printer and faxes from Devices and Printers.

Step 4.

Restart the PC and then reinstall the Brother printer software.

Step 5.

Restart the PC again.
Different devices have different ways to fix network offline problems.

The following way could be common, you could try:

If the printer shows that it is offline, change the setting to online. Click the right mouse button and choose "use printer online." The display changes to reflect the new status when the printer is online and ready to use.

What Causes Network Offline Problems?

One, you lack of the right driver.

Two, check the network cable to see if it works very well. Maybe it is broken during the years.

Three, check your NIC.

The last is your DNS settings.

Tips for vista system:

Windows Vista automatically enables SNMP support for networked printers, and if it can't get a response to a SNMP message then it assumes the printer is offline. SNMP stands for Simple Network Management Protocol and is a way of getting information from network devices (such as routers, servers and printers), mainly for the purposes of finding out if there are any problems with the devices. A number of networked printers implement SNMP, and will respond to SNMP queries with information, but some don't.

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