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Solved Static IP Address for printer

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August 19, 2018 at 13:40:08
Specs: Win 10, 64 bit OS/4 GB
I keep having to reinstall my setup for my Dell 1163W printer. Someone told me this was likely due to power surges and that setting a static ip address could resolve this issue. Is this true and am I correct in believing it is something I should be able to do by myself?

BTW, in looking at the Dell site it references setting up a static ip address but there was specific info on my printer (likely because it's a few years old). Can you point me in the right direction to do this?

Also, I hope this is the right place to post this because I'm not sure if it is. If not, I'd welcome your suggestions on where to post it.

Thanks in advance for any help you can give me.

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August 19, 2018 at 14:37:52
What exactly have you tried to do with the printer? Reinstalled the printer or the dell printer software? To assign a static IP you will need to access the printer settings. Do you know how to do that? They are not the printing preferences.

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August 19, 2018 at 15:33:47
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In the router you assign a specific IP address to the printer’s MAC address, ensuring that no other device has already either been assigned it (by you). Or if at the time you are assigning the fixed ip address something else is using it, simply disconnect that device from the router, and then assign the IP address to your printer. The other device will be given another IP address when you reconnect it.

I assign fixed up addresses to each device on lan; be it connecting via ethernet or wifi.

When you create fixed ip addresses, ensure you have a record, a list of them - including to which MAC address each is assigned. Makes it easier to make changes, add new devices etc. in the future when assigning further addresses permanently.

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