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On my SOHO mixed wired/wireless LAN, two of the machines (1 wired 7500/Os 9.1, 1 wireless TiBook/Os 9.2) share a printer via USB Printer Sharing. But we have to keep setting up the printer anew on the wireless PB every time the machines boot up because, I assume, different IP numbers are being assigned via DHCP. In any event, the PB reports that it can't find the printer but will work fine once I reassign it ... until the next reboot. If this is indeed because my dsl modem/router is handing out different IP addresses on bootup (presumably because the ...

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    Default USB shared printer disappears overnight

    On my SOHO mixed wired/wireless LAN, two of the machines (1 wired
    7500/Os 9.1, 1 wireless TiBook/Os 9.2) share a printer via USB Printer
    Sharing. But we have to keep setting up the printer anew on the
    wireless PB every time the machines boot up because, I assume,
    different IP numbers are being assigned via DHCP. In any event, the PB
    reports that it can't find the printer but will work fine once I
    reassign it ... until the next reboot.

    If this is indeed because my dsl modem/router is handing out different
    IP addresses on bootup (presumably because the boot order of the
    various machines on the LAN isn't the same every morning), what can I
    do to keep the shared printer live from one session to the next?

    Thanks for any help.

    Stan
    Stan Guest

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    Stan The Man <com> wrote:
     

    I think you've answered your own question already. IF it is because of
    different IP numbers, then the solution is to use static IP numbers (at
    least for the machine that shares the printer).


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    Johan W. Elzenga johan<<at>>johanfoto.nl
    Editor / Photographer http://www.johanfoto.nl/
    Johan Guest

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    Stan The Man wrote:
     

    What model is the router?

    The DI-604 allows you to make sure that a machine always gets the same
    IP address (by MAC address). This is the perfect solution.


    If you're using a Linksys, though, you'll have to do the configuration
    on the client machine by using a hard coded IP address (just avoid the
    range that your router will hand out, i.e. your router is probably
    192.168.1.x, and hands out 192.168.1.100-150. Use 192.168.1.151).

    Steven Guest

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    In article <1g2vdpy.tz5gbi2a3xuxN%invalid>, Johan W.
    Elzenga <invalid> wrote:
     
    >
    >I think you've answered your own question already. IF it is because of
    >different IP numbers, then the solution is to use static IP numbers (at
    >least for the machine that shares the printer).[/ref]

    How do I do that?

    Stan
    Stan Guest

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    Stan The Man <com> wrote:
     
    >
    > How do I do that?[/ref]

    In stead of using "Using DHCP" in your network preferences, you use
    "Manually" and fill in the IP number, the subnet mask and router IP
    yourself. You can also choose "Using DHCP with Manual IP numbers".


    --
    Johan W. Elzenga johan<<at>>johanfoto.nl
    Editor / Photographer http://www.johanfoto.nl/
    Johan Guest

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    In article <ussjb.105840$6C4.87168pd7tw1no>, Steven Fisher
    <net> wrote:
     
    >
    >What model is the router?
    >
    >The DI-604 allows you to make sure that a machine always gets the same
    >IP address (by MAC address). This is the perfect solution.
    >
    >If you're using a Linksys, though, you'll have to do the configuration
    >on the client machine by using a hard coded IP address (just avoid the
    >range that your router will hand out, i.e. your router is probably
    >192.168.1.x, and hands out 192.168.1.100-150. Use 192.168.1.151).[/ref]

    I'm using a Netgear DG824M. As far as I can tell, the only option for
    'fixing' the IP addresses is to activate the 'Trusted PCs' feature. The
    router is at 192.168.0.1 and typically hands out IPs in the x.2 - x.8
    range to the five machines on the LAN via the Netgear gateway. Where do
    I find their subnet masks?

    And how then would I have to configure the connected machines (1 wired
    7500/Os9.1; 1 wireless TiBook 667/Os9.2; 1 wireless TiBook 1000/Os
    10.2.6; 1 wireless 17in AlBook/Os10.2.8; and 1 wireless WinXp desktop)?

    Thaks again for your help.

    Stan
    Stan Guest

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    Stan The Man wrote:
     

    I'm not familiar with that Netgear -- I've owned a Netgear, but it was a
    long time ago -- but can't you just configure the computers with hard
    coded IP addresses *on the computers themselves*?

    For instance, on Windows XP, it's Network Connections -> Your Connection
    Name -> Properties -> General -> Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) ->
    Properties -> General. Change "obtain an IP address automatically" to
    "use the following IP address" and use 192.168.0.10 (i.e. something out
    of the pool that could be assigned).

    The Mac is a simpler matter, but I don't have it memorized and I'm
    sitting in front of the PC at the moment. As I recall, you check the
    Network panel, click Ethernet from the connections popup, and set it to
    manual addresses. :)

    As for subnet masks... to be honest, I don't fully understand them yet.
    I think you use 255.255.255.0, which indicates the 192.168.0.x range.

    Steven Guest

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