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dynamic IP for networked printer

by jgutsell / October 15, 2009 12:12 AM PDT

I am networking two WinXP PC's via a DSL router that provides dynamic IP addresses. Also, I have a Windows workgroup enabled. I recently added a laswer printer with a NIC and connected it directly to the router. For a few days after installing the Lexmark software that supports dynamic IP addresses, everything works fine. But eventually the DHCP server in the router drops the printer as a listed client--and of course I can't print.

Where do I start looking to find a way to get a stable connection for the printer? I was hoping to avoid the cost and physical space of getting a dedicated print server.

BTW, the printer is a Lexmark 734n and the router is a Linksys 4-port

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For servers, printers.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 15, 2009 12:18 AM PDT

You don't DHCP those. Your LAN is likely the common 192.168.1.x one so set the printer at an easy to remember address and tell your machines where it is.

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by jgutsell / October 15, 2009 9:02 AM PDT

Thanks. So I'd set the suggested address as a printer port. Right?
But then I am not sure how to tell the workgroup about the address. Do I use the network connections wizard?

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Sorry, I forgot about the OTHER solution.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 15, 2009 9:17 AM PDT
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