Posted 24 May 2010 - 09:26 PM
I recently set up a trivial network consisting of ethernet and wireless access to a wireless dsl router through a 16 port gigabit switch. One of the devices is an office printer on an ethernet connection.
Since the setup for the network is currently DHCP by default I noticed that after testing the emergency lighting (township requirement) by powering off from the breaker, the router re-assigned ip addresses when the power came back on. Since I am the only one in the entire place who knows about computers full stop, I was inundated with cries of not being able to print. Not being any kind of network expert I realized that the printer ip address had been given to another computer so when someone wanted to print, the result was alot of waiting and no action. I learnt quickly that I had to point each computer to the new ip address of the printer according to the router status and new ip address of the device. Not a big deal but a pain in the neck, esp if it happens again and I am not there to fix it.
I wondered if assigning a static ip to the printer would eliminate having to go to individual computers should a power outage or similar issue occur. Since it is a real estate office it is hard to get everyone together. If assigning a static ip address would help how do i do it when all the comps on the subnet are dhcp by default. I know how to get into both the router and the printer but not sure what to do or how to do it.
I hope all that read this will be able to understand what I mean. Users of the system generally range from xp vista and windows 7 based systems.