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Losing Printer conection


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I am having trouble with my home network. I have 2 printers on the network via my modem router, the problem is they keep graying out in the printer properties folder, it seems to be the IP address keeps changing. This is my setup
Server is running Windows home server
Computer A is running Windows 7 Pro
Computer B is running Windows 7 Pro
Laptop is running XP (about to upgrade to Win 7 Home)
Laptop B is an eeepc with Linux
The printers are a Samsung CLP-3.50N Colour Laser and A Xerox Phaser 3200 MFP
Currently the printers are both connected to the Modem Router (which is a Linksys WAG160N), but I have tried attaching them to the Server via USB (not the best option because the xerox scanner doesn't work over the USB)
I haven't been able to set a static IP address in the router (apparently the manufacturer dropped the "Known device" option from this Modem for some reason.)
It seems every time the computer restarts it assigns a different IP to the printers and you have to delete the old printer and add a new one to make them work. Both printers are network printers and worked perfectly under Vista and XP ?
Very Frustrating :)
My inclination is to just through the modem in the bin and buy a new one, but perhaps someone has a less costly idea to work around this problem

Hope someone has a few ideas
thanks
Ian :)

Edited by getfothers, 05 May 2010 - 05:42 AM.

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