Nearly two years ago I wrote about the pain in the a$$ that is wireless printers. They’re still a pain, but I thought I’d share a little trick that I’ve found that makes them a whole lot less bothersome: configuring a static IP address for them.
HP has a decent video on how to manually setup a static IP address for your printer which you can see here. On many of their newer printers, if you go to the web page for the printer (it’s current IP address), it’s even easier than that, you just find the link for “create a static IP address for printer”, click it, and it will do it all for you.
For other printers, Google “configure static IP address <your printer model here>”.
The static IP address will keep you from losing contact with the printer every time the power goes out or the router is restarted. Thus you spend much less time getting the printer to work.
Oh that this trick fixed the printer cartridge problems as well!