Wireless Printer needs static IP address

January 5, 2011 at 19:22:48
Specs: Windows XP
I got a new HP 8500A wireless network printer. I have used a US Robotics MAXg wireless router (Model 5461A) for years with zero issues. I have 2 Windows XP PRO computers, and 1 Windows 7 Home Premium. (Plus the Wii, a Kindle, Blu-Ray player, and couple cell phones at times)

My understanding is that I need to give the printer a static IP address. When I first installed it, the IP address was 192.168.2.9. Today, one of my XP computers couldn't find it, and the IP address had changed to 192.168.2.4. (I have no idea why the other two computers caught the change.)

My Router status page says that the DHCP server uses a range from .2 to .31.

Therefore, this is what I think I need to do:
In my printer network settings, I need to change from "automatic" to "Manual" with the following values:
IP = 192.168.2.32
Subnet = 255.255.255.0 (from router WAN status page)
Default Gateway = 192.168.2.1 (from router WAN status page)
DNS server = 192.168.2.1 (from router WAN status page)
Alternate DNS server = ?? I have no idea for this one

Then I have to re-install the printer on all three computers with the new static IP, right?

Do I do anything to the router?


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January 5, 2011 at 20:20:47
"When I first installed it, the IP address was 192.168.2.9."

I would think you would want to set it the same

IP = 192.168.2.9Subnet = 255.255.255.0 (from router WAN status page)
Default Gateway = blank
DNS server = blank, after all the printers not going to the internet.

I would then change the dhcp scope to .10-22 and leave .1-9 for static ips. This way you don't have to reconfigure each workstations printer settings.

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