I recently got a HP Colour LaserJet 2600n and proceeded to connect it to the network. For a while all was fine, but then the DHCP server of my router kicked in with avengence. Seems like printers don’t take kindly to having their IP Address changed every day. Now my computers cannot find the printer as its IP keeps hopping around every day.
I can usually reinstall the software and it will find the printer and configure the IP settings (a process I stupidly tried to work around by what I’m about to say), but then I had a go at static routing. I tried setting up a Static address on the router with the following settings (tried a couple other IP addresses too):
IP Address: 192.168.1.2
Subnet Mask: 255.255.255.0
Default Gateway: 192.168.1.1
Hop count: 1
I also put the relevant ones (IP, Subnet and Gateway) into the printer. But alas, absolutely no connectivity, even when everything is set to auto config again (as it started, with DHCP). The CD won’t give me back connectivity to the printer now either.
Here is my network setup in case it will help:
Cable modem --> Router
Router --> Straight into downstairs PC
Router --> Also to a hub upstairs
Hub --> This PC
Hub --> Also the the printer in question
The printer is a HP Color LaserJet 2600n
The router is a Linksys BEFSR41
The hub is a D-Link DE-809TP
Even if I can get back to being able to install again each day, I don’t really want to do that as it is far from ideal. Can any of you networking geniuses help quite a rookie to set up the static routing option?
Thanks very much