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DSL and PrintServer for Small Office LAN

By dewdrop ·
We recently installed DSL for our small office of 5 PC's and an Office Printer running off of a PrintServer. I didn't realize the DSL install would create New IP addresses for all the nodes. And the PrintServer, which wasn't DSL'ed is now not accessible by any of the PCs. HELP!!!

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by carlos.nino In reply to DSL and PrintServer for S ...

When you say PrintServer, ?do you mean like a JetDirect or a PC/server that shares the printer?. Also, some info on the Operating Systems would be helpfull.

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by dewdrop In reply to DSL and PrintServer for S ...

The PrintServer is a brand from LinkSys. It provides both HUB (4 ethernet ports) and PrintServer capability for 2 Parallel Port Printers.

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by dewdrop In reply to DSL and PrintServer for S ...

The Office is running a combination of Win98SE and W2K pcs.

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by dmishos In reply to DSL and PrintServer for S ...

It sounds like DHCP is enabled on the DSL carrier, and the IP's have changed for the network. Uou need to go to each machine and go to the command prompt and type in(it should look like this:
c:\ipconfig/all
This will show you the ip address of each adapter along with the subnet mask and gateway, you need to make sure all of your machines are probably setup for dhcp inorder for them to speak to each other.

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by dewdrop In reply to

The PC's work are talking (well except one). My problem is the LinkSys PrintServer. How do I set it up so that the PC's recognize that it is present?

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by dmishos In reply to DSL and PrintServer for S ...

Can you get to the print server and check it's settings?
check to see what its IP address is and also what name you have given to the port that it uses.

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by Chris910 In reply to DSL and PrintServer for S ...

the first thing to do is to print a test page from the print server to find out if the print server had a static IP address that did not change when the new hardware was set up. (on the print servers I use this is accomplished by tapping the test button 1 time with the printer turned on) When viewing the test page look for the "IP Address" it should look something like 192.0.0.xxx. now check a sample workstation for it's IP Address (from the run command [win98="C:\windows\winipcfg /all"][win2K="cmd /k ipconfig /all"]

If the first 3 octets match xxx.xxx.xxx.000. then you need to go to the computer and correct the printers port settings.

If the first 3 octets do not match you will need to reconfigure the print server with a new IP address and then change the printers port settings on the computer to match the printers new IP address.

Things to remember:
1. the IP address for all 5computers, the print server and the (DSL/router/gateway) should be Unique but the first 3 octets must be the same.
2. The Gateway and Subnet mask will be the same for all devices in this setup.

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by dewdrop In reply to

The static IP address was the key. After a painful search of the DSL's online help, I determined that they had set aside some of the addresses for static applications. Once I understood this, I applied a static IP address to the PrintServer and we are working!!! Thanks to all who helped to point me in the right direction.

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