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Old September 22nd, 2011, 06:02 PM
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Default Connecting Printer Directly to Router

Can someone help me with connecting a printer directly to the router port and accessing it via wireless printers? I tried and my pc's will not find the printer (has a static IP address). However, when I connect the printer directly to the cable modem, the pc's can find the printer. I am guessing the static IP of the printer gets lost when it is connected to the router directly.

Any thoughts how to solve this? I need this resolved becuase I am running out of available ports on my modem and need to take advantage of the available ports on the router.
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Old September 22nd, 2011, 07:28 PM
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Default Re: Connecting Printer Directly to Router

I am assuming you mean that you are connecting the printer via ethernet cable to a LAN port of the router and not by USB?

Try reserving the IP for the printer's MAC under Address Reservation in the router's GUI.
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Old September 23rd, 2011, 04:47 AM
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Default Re: Connecting Printer Directly to Router

Based on the statement that you are running out of available ports on your modem - I would suspect that you have two routers and are trying to connect from PCs attached to one router to a printer attached to the second router.

It won't work because the printer is on a different network.

For ease of use I strongly suggest a one network, one router approach - it's not that you can't have a single network with multiple routers - the whole purpose of the router is to link multiple networks and still keep them separate - but unless you are willing to get into the nitty-gritty of routing, it'll be a lot easier to do one router/one network.

Get rid of the second router - replace it with a switch.
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Old September 23rd, 2011, 05:38 AM
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I am with fordem on this, If you need more ports then add a switch.

You need to make sure that the fixed IP your printer is using is one that will work on the 3700 network.
the Static IP probably only needs one octet changing for it to work.

On a pc connected to the 3700 tell us what the IP and Netmask is.
(It's likely going to be something like 192.168.1.2 and 255.255.255.0)
Then tell us what your printer is set to use.

As an option, you could also just set the 3700 up as an AP (diabling DHCP and moving the cable that goes from the modem to the WAN port to the LAN port and not using the WAN port at all).
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Old September 24th, 2011, 06:56 AM
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Duh... dumbo me , I should have picked up on that too. Lol.
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Old October 1st, 2011, 12:36 PM
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Default Re: Connecting Printer Directly to Router

I have a WNDR3400 and have conected my printer to the USB in back of the router
I have run the USB control center but I don't see my printer
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Old October 1st, 2011, 02:04 PM
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Default Re: Connecting Printer Directly to Router

Why had the 3700 forums been targeted so much lately with the 3400 users...

It's not the same router :/
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Old October 1st, 2011, 02:55 PM
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Default Re: Connecting Printer Directly to Router

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I have a WNDR3400 and have conected my printer to the USB in back of the router
From page 7-1 of the online PDF User Manual:

Quote:
Note: The USB port on the router can be used only to connect USB storage devices like flash drives or hard drives. Do not connect computers, USB modems, printers, CD drives, or DVD drives to the router USB port.
To Forum Moderator: Please move.
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Old October 1st, 2011, 03:29 PM
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Why had the 3700 forums been targeted so much lately with the 3400 users...
If I may hazard some reasons:

1) The forum headings are confusing and not specific enough.

2) A certain percentage of people who come for help here are simple lay-persons to networking and can't tell the difference between a modem/router and a router.

3) Some are just not careful or cannot be bothered about whether they post in the correct forum. They only see the immediate problem before them and the rest is blurred.

4) There is evidence to suggest that many suffer from "tunnel vision" syndrome. They don't even see the forum rules or stickies. Do you expect them to notice it's not the correct forum?

5) It is human nature for many to have no idea of how they may try to help themselves if even it means doing a simple google search for a User Manual. Do you expect more from them?

6) People visiting these forums are no different from people everywhere else; some are more discerning, others are not.

Maybe you can think of a few reasons?
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Old October 1st, 2011, 04:14 PM
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Default Re: Connecting Printer Directly to Router

well...
I have no idea how much NG pay for google ads, but I know it must be quite high because the forum results pop up A LOT when searching via router model numbers.

If I was selling a product I wouldnt pay for the forums to be toplisted as they have faults ;P...

I was thinking it might be that users are hitting 3400 via google, coming here, and then posting their own in the forum heading that google drops them in ;(...
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