1. Connect the printer with an ethernet (RJ-45) cable to your router’s LAN port. To locate the ethernet port on the printer use the manual supplied with the printer. To connect the printer wirelessly follow the printer’s manual.
2. Set the printer’s network IP address to static.
Main mistake of configuring network printer is usually leaving it on automatic DHCP. The automatic connection to the printer after connecting the printer to the router is set up with an IP address that is assigned randomly. It is cleared with every reboot of the router (f.e. after power outage), therefore you won’t be able to print through your network after that. To avoid that we’ll set a static IP address that will stay the same as long as you don’t reset the router to factory defaults. To do that go to the printer’s setting either via printer’s display or web interface in your browser. To use the web interface input the printer’s IP address in your internet browser, f.e. 192.168.1.10. Follow the printer’s manual for specifics.
After you select static IP mode you will be asked to specify the IP address. To be sure what to input go to your PC and do they following:
– click Start button -> Control Panel -> Network and Sharing Center,
– on the left side of the window click “Change adapter settings” and right-click the adapter you use to connect to the internet -> Status -> Details,
– now, write down Subnet Mask and Default Gateway.
Input that data to your printer’s static IP setup as your Subnet Mask and Default Gateway. Your printer’s IP address is going to be the same as your Default Gateway except for the last number after the last dot. F.e if your Default Gateway is 192.168.1.1 then as the printer’s IP address you’ll have to input 192.168.1.2 or 192.168.1.254 or any other number as long as it’s within 1-254 range.
Apply the settings you’ve changed to your printer.
3. Install the printer on PC.
Use the CD supplied with the printer and follow the setup instructions. During the configuration, when the wizard will look for your printer pick the one with the IP address you specified.
– click Start button -> Control Panel -> Devices and Printers,
– click Add a printer, choose a network printer with the IP address you specified.
And that’s it. Now, you’ll be able to stay connected to your printer and use it without problems forever.