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    Network printer has gone invisible

    This is one of two possibly linked threads - just in case they are related. The other is "Printing via networked pc and passwords".

    We have a small XP SP3 home network with one printer (HP2600N) on the net and the other (HP1018) on pc#1 via USB. I used to be able to access the 2600N directly over the network from all the pc's on the network, but now only pc#1 can do this. Running the add printer wizard on the other pc's and letting it search for printers brings up the network printer - but only via pc#1. Asking it to find the printer by name or ip fails. Looking in the router shows the expected ip allocated to the printer, and pinging to that location gets a reply, and I can successfully browse to the p2600N ip from all pc's.

    So what is stopping the add printer wizard from seeing the 2600N directly over the network?

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    Do you still have old installations of the HP2600N network printer still showing in the printers folder of the Control Panel on your other computers? Is so, they may be looking for an IP address no longer assigned to the printer if it was set up to utilize DHCP for automatic IP addressing. If the networked printer was set up to use DHCP, then it can receive a totally different IP address when an automatic refresh is done. And if the HP2600N was at some point connected or still connected to pc#1, that would explain why your other computers are able to access the printer only through pc#1.

    Check your router for the number of machines that are permitted to receive automatic IP addresses, and the specific range of IP addresses in the DHCP pool. Then set up the network printer using a static IP address outside of the DHCP IP address pool. For example, if the address range is set between xxx.xxx.xxx.101 and 115, then assign a static IP address to the network printer that is either below 101 or greater than 115. When a static address is used for the network printer, you never have to worry about the IP address changing on you.

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    QUOTE=Deadeye81;801255

    Problem solved, thank you Deadeye.

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