hcmcdole wrote: I would go into your router and assign a permanent address for your printer. This way you can add a printer by the IP address instead of looking for it. You can also ping the printer once you assign a permanent address to see if it is connected. Wireless works great when it is working, other than that it is slow and often it disconnects for whatever reasons.
So for example we set up our printer as Pat's printer and gave it a permanent address of 192.168.0.2 (make sure the first 3 octets agree with your LAN). Once you assign the address you may need to reboot the router so that there are no conflicting IP addresses. You will need the MAC address of the printer (you should be able to find it on your printer's menu or look at the particular printer's properties on your computer) to input to the router table. I have a Netgear router at present time and it takes a little looking around at all the menus to find the right one to do this assignment.
We also set up a network drive as the next address (.3 so it is always permanent and not a moving target). This way they won't be moving about on the whim of the router and whenever devices start up.
Once you set it up you can look at the properties through the printer and devices page, right click on the printer and choose properties. If the router did its job, then the IP address will forever be what you assign it.