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    Network printer

    Our office recently got a new digital networkable copier that we'd like to be able to network.
    I was told that we need to assign it a static IP. Our server is a Windows 2000 server, currently using DHCP for all of the PC's.

    I'm not sure where to start first. Once I wire in the Cat5 to the router, should I install the printer driver to the server and then share it; or once plugged into the router will each of the PC's find it. Doesn't sound like that would give it a static IP though.

    I did go into the server and tried to Services/Applications and tried to add a new "Reservation" with an IP that we set on the copier, but it wouldn't let me assign one.

    Can you help get me started?

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    Re: Network printer

    Not sure why I haven't gotten any responses on this...however, I tried setting up the printer locally on my PC and tried printing, but it would not print. Then I set it up on the server and shared it (found where to put in the IP address) and it would not print from there either. After sharing it from the server, I could see it from my PC and tried it that way, and of course it errored that way too.

    The IP setting is the same as the settings in the network printing on the printer. Not sure why it's not printing.
    I swapped out the cable since I couldn't ping to it, but with a different cable, I can now ping to it fine, but still won't print.

    --KZ

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    Re: Network printer

    Well first of all, sounds like you aren't connected to the network, or the printer isn't seeing the rest of the network hosts for some reason.

    What kind of printer?

    What's your IP situation? Did you give it an availalbe IP with the proper netmask/gateway, etc. Are there any other networking protocols enabled that might be interfering? I don't do windows printing much, since I have Netware for that, but I know it can take some fiddling to get the printers talking. Especially copiers, which seem to be deliberately farkled-up.

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    Re: Network printer

    It's seeing it since I was able to find it from the shared printer list from the server. I can also ping it fine.

    It's a Canon Copier with a network card.

    The printer/copier and server are all using Gateway 255.255.255.0, so that's correct.

    --KZ

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    Re: Network printer

    In your DHCP Server settings, carve out a range of addresses for static IPs (or shorten the range to use for DHCP addresses, whichever way it works). Then assign one of the available static IPs to the copy machine. In our own experience with an Imagistics unit, the network functionality was <img src=/w3timages/censored.gif alt=censored border=0>, or should I say, not all that was promised. We know have it run off a print queue on a Windows 2000 server.

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    Re: Network printer

    Just an update the the problem ended up being the wrong driver. Actually, I downloaded the "correct" listed driver, but when I downloaded the entire full file and installed it, it worked.

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    --KZ

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