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By mdunn ·
OK, I am a novice here, so the answer is easy, I'm sure, but I've never come across this before. In my office, we had to move a workstation to another location. The "old" workstation had 2 data ports - we used one computer's ethernet connection, and one for the Printer's ethernet connection, and still have network printing capabilities. The "new" workstation only has one data port. It was recommended that we get an ethernet switch, and run a cable from the switch to the port, and then from both the computer and the printer to the switch. Did this, and the computer can access the network and internet fine, but the Printer can not be printed to. I assume this is because when we send a print job to that printer, it is sending it to the "old" port. I want to reconfigure the port in the print control panel, but how do I know what IP to give it? Thanks again

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What kind of printer is it

by Dedlbug In reply to Network printing

The best way is to check the manual for the printer by looking it up online or locating a hard copy. I can help to some extent, but every printer has it's own way to configure.

You have to assign an IP address to the printer. Some printers have a LCD control panel in which you can use to assign an IP address manually. This is the preferred method. It may be set to automatic so change it to manual in the Printer.

The IP address has to be on the same scope of your LAN. Basically your router will distribute IP addrersses to you Network. This may be for example: 192.168.0.1 thru 192.168.0.100 You want to make the IP address on your printer to be 192.168.0.150. As long as it is not in the scope of the DHCP. If you don't know your IP scope, let us know. We will help you find it.

After the printer IP is defined in the printer, you can add the port in Windows. "Start" - "Settings" - "Printer and Faxes". Select to "Add Printer". Click Next, Select a Locally connected printer BUT uncheck to automatically install Plug and Play printers. Now you want to create a new port. Select Standard TCP/IP. (Again...refer to printer manual for custom port if needed). Now enter the IP of the printer that you configured in the printer earlier. It should detect a printer and ask for a driver to install. Select your printer driver and you should be all set.

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