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Static IP PC Cannot Access Network Printer

Hi, I found this forum extremely helpful, hope I can find a solution here.
I have a Windows 7 PC running a static IP purchased from Comcast, and I try to use the HP printer connected to a local PC with a non- static IP address.
Both static IP PC and local PC is connected to a server, they can access shared file on the server.

But I am not able to get the printer working on the Static IP PC.

What am I doing wrong?

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what are you doing wrong???

Well, for one you may be using wrong terms and not giving enough information.

"Both static IP PC and local PC is connected to a server, they can access shared file on the server."

Confirm if you really meant "server" or instead mean a "router".

"I have a Windows 7 PC running a static IP purchased from Comcast"

Does this mean you have two lines from Comcast? If both static IP computer and non static IP computer are on separate feeds from Comcast, then what is the "server" connected to? Just between the two computers? Using a different modem for each computer? Any router involved at all?

How are you trying to use the Printer with the static IP computer? Plugged direct to the computer? Connected only to the other non static IP computer? Connected to a server between them?

I suspect your situation is somewhat different from what you describe, or you've likely been ripped off by Comcast.

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Old Issues Gone, Now new issues

So Sorry for my unclear writing, please check my reply for R. Proffitt below

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While there's a lot of missing details.

I've setup too many printers over the years but today I'm running into something new so I'll share and hope you can tell more.

On my newish router I found it had a firewall that blocked shares from wired to wifi and back. So that had to be turned off.

Your story is incomplete. If you did get a second IP and this results in a second LAN then printing to another LAN is quite a bit of work and usually can't be accomplished normally. I'd put my Windows 7 PC on the same LAN when I need to print.

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been there awhile

"On my newish router I found it had a firewall that blocked shares from wired to wifi and back. So that had to be turned off."


You using a WRT type router now? On those they call it "AP Isolation" I think, but that's supposed to also give each wifi signal privacy from others, no shares between wifi devices either.
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Sorry no.

It's the bog standard (?) router with the firmware released by it's maker. The defaults on the rules are not exactly client isolation but network isolation. Very strange default choice by its maker.

All this proves to me is that we must know where the firewalls are and the rules in place.

But this is where many consumers burn out. They can't believe what it takes to get all this working. And wait for it. When IPv6 really arrives it doesn't look to be getting any easier.

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Old Issues solved, new issue comes...

I solved one of printer issue, here comes another...

I was running my network on DHCP, but I purchased 5 static IP from Comcast, now 4 of my PCs is running on static IP, the rest of the PCs still used DHCP (including the server), but I want Static IP PCs to be able to use my local printer which is connected to a non-static IP PCs.

What should I do?

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I used to use static IPs.

Now I use DHCP reserved addresses to avoid a lot of the static issues.

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I solved this, thank you guys

It ends up I connect my printer directly to the gateway, and all the PCs can print now.
Many Thanks! Guys.

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