i just installed a 2nd printer in my network.

Hewlett-packard Photosmart d7460 inkjet...
May 12, 2010 at 19:47:14
Specs: Windows XP, 4 gigs
I have a netgear router hooked to my PC via
ethernet cable. My PC is running XP. I also
have a Gateway laptop running Vista. My
printer is wireless. All was working fine with
no problems. A few days ago I installed a
second printer, a Brother MFC-255CW. Also,
I had to reset my network router since installing the Brother. Now my PC will only print to the
Brother and my laptop will only print to the HP
D7460, although both computers display both
printers in the drop-down box when selecting a
printer.

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#1
May 12, 2010 at 19:49:39
Compare the printer properties between the working and not working per printer; example look a the ports they are pointed to. [if you haven't done so previously]

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#2
May 13, 2010 at 19:23:35
Thanks for your response. I checked the HP printer and the PC
has one number different than the laptop. For the Brother printer,
the space is blank (IP address). Is that what you mean? And
can I change them to match? How do I find out the address for
the Brother? Also, today I unplugged everything and let it rest
then turned it all back on (in sequence, letting each one come on
fully before turning on the next). Now the HP printer won't work
with either computer and the Brother shows "offline" for the
laptop, I'm pretty frazzled but still trying.

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#3
May 14, 2010 at 09:56:20
Yes make the one that is not working match the one that is working.

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#4
May 14, 2010 at 11:54:39
You do not want to give them the same IP address, this will give you some pretty major issues.

You need to go into the DHCP settings of your router and assign each printers MAC address an IP address in the same subnet as your computers (most home routers run on the 192.168.1.0 network, You could say configure DHCP to assign those MAC addresses to 192.168.1.200 and 192.168.1.201

Then on each computer configure the printers addresses in its properties and ports tab. (note: you may have to create a port to print to that IP address). I did a search for TCP/IP printing on google and found this site, it should help with setting up the printers on your computers.

http://www.wellesley.edu/Computing/...


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#5
May 15, 2010 at 18:47:57
The problem is that everything worked fine for at least a week
until I had to reset the router. So why would I need to change
the settings now? I really appreciate the tips, but don't really
understand the reasoning behind them. Can you explain?
Thanks for your help.

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