Odd network problem

January 6, 2009 at 15:48:02
Specs: Windows Vista/XP, Dual Core 2Ghz, 2Gb RAM
I have a problem with a Windows Vista laptop accessing a networked printer.

The scenario is that I have a Belkin Wireless router (which doesn't appear to have the facility to reserve an IP address in it's DHCP)
I have 3 PC's on Windows XP Pro. 2 are hard wired, one on wireless all gaining access to the network and Internet via the ADSL DHCP.
There is a networked HP printer that I fixed the IP address on. All the above PC's can print to it.

Now, we have a Vista laptop, that DHCP seems hell bent on giving the same IP address as the printer, yet we get no IP conflict messages, but of course we can't print. It can see PC's/shares and the Internet.

I must add that the ADSL wireless router was changed due to failure recently, when all was working fine. I set up the new router as per the old one (both Belkin's with pretty identical interfaces)

Whatever I tried, EG flushing/resetting the laptops IP etc. DHCP insisted on giving it the printers IP.
So, on the router, I changed the start address of DHCP and the laptop duly picked up a new address.
However, trying to ping the printers IP, returned a reply from a different IP address with 'Destination Host unreachable'

I'd be grateful for some ideas on what to do next. Perhaps I'm not seeing clearly!


Edit: Printer is
Router/GW is

I started the DHCP at .3 (which the laptop picked up), might this be the reason for the 'unreachable' mesage?

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January 6, 2009 at 19:02:34
Why don't you try all static IPs? I like it better for small networks. It also keeps the network more secure.

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January 6, 2009 at 23:48:07
Well, it is an option, but the laptop needs DHCP really, as it is used on 2 other networks using this method.
To try and get this using fixed on one network would be a difficult option for it's user, shall we say!!

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January 7, 2009 at 01:35:03
You could use both DHCP for the computers and static for the printer. Set the static address is outside of the DHCP address range.

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