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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 192.168.1.100 address and tell your machines where it is.
Bob

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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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