I have an old d-link print server that used to work fine for me, but I have recently switched to Verizon Fios and it no longer does. The problem, I gather, is that my PC’s IP address must be in the same subnet as the print server’s IP address for the two devices to communicate. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case. The print server’s IP is 192.168.0.x, and my pcs’ is 192.168.1.x, and apparently Verizon Fios does not permit me to choose a static IP address with their residential service, which I have.
Sooo… does anyone know of a good cheap print server that either doesn’t require subnet parity (if such a thing exists), or one that works with Verizon Fios? I probably, have everything all jumbled here so I apologize if I have confused the issue. Thank you.
Those 192.168.* addresses are private network addresses handed out by your Verizon router, and are distinct from what your public IP address may be. IOW, the fact that you have a dynamic public IP is irrelevant.
If your router has some sort of configuration interface (most have a web-based interface that you can login to somehow) see if it will let you set your subnet to 192.168.0 instead. Alternatively, try looking online for a manual to your print server model, and see if there’s a way to change its address.
I see… thanks for your help.
Just a note :- you will need to statically assign the address on your PC to be in the 192.168.0.x range if you want to try to re-configure the D-Link print server (via the web interface).
Print servers can easily use dynamic addresses (your D-Link almost certainly can use DHCP configuration), but any device that wants to use the printer needs to know the IP address to sent print jobs, so either a static address is preferred, or a reservation is made on the DHCP server to ensure that the print server always has the same IP address.
Put a router that’s a DHCP server between yourself and Verizon.
You don’t mention which model of print server that you have, but the quick install guide here walks you through changing the IP on your PC so that you can access the print server to configure it.
Just keep in mind that any time you change the IP of the device to another range and apply the settings you will immediately lose contact with it and have to change the IP on your computer to regain access to it.
ETA: You might want to get a network savvy friend to assist. Your router is a third device in this juggling act that will have to be accounted for.