Thanks everyone. Something is vaguely familiar about the static IP address - but not positive nor remember fully.
1st, if I once knew how to set a static IP for printer when everything else is DHCP (& I may have) - long since forgotten. Maybe to prevent problems w/ printer address changing & wireless laptop not printing until change its port # for the printer??
Only thing I see in printer web UI, is
Configured By: Manual IP Address: 192.168.1.110 Subnet Mask: 255.255.255.0 Default Gateway: 192.168.1.1
Configured By: Manual Preferred DNS Server: Alternate DNS Server:
Also, on another page in the UI:
IP Address Configuration
Caution: Changing the IP address can disrupt the current connection to the embedded Web server. Automatic IP Manual IP Manual IP Address:
. . . Manual Subnet Mask:
. . . Manual Default Gateway:
. . .
Above "screen" doesn't show it, but "manual IP Address" is selected, & beside "Manual IP" is 192.168.1.110 (same as printer control panel shows). I'm guessing the checked "Manua IP" indicates at some point, I set the address of x.110? My mind is going to hell in a hand basket.
As for "checking printer to see if it's set for DHCP", did you mean look in the UI - because don't see anything in the printer's control panel / network info - other than under IPv4 > Configuration Source - says "Manual."
If everyone's correct about it being a static (manual) IP, (good catch
), then BIG remaining question is... why did I have to reset the router, restore a BU config file to get the printer to work, if it wasn't assigning the printer an address?
I seriously doubt (could be wrong) that unplugging printer power adapter from wall & printer - SEVERAL TIMES - & each time leaving unplugged from 10 min to over night (& unplugging USB to PC), got it to working.
In fact, after all that, it STILL didn't work until after resetting the router / restoring the BU config file. But, if printer's on static IP, resetting router shouldn't matter one way or other. Correct?
If I'm correct about above assumption, maybe - just maybe - either the printer to router ethernet cable got slightly "jarred / bad connection" at some point, & unplugging / replugging it was all that was ever wrong
Still, FACT OF MATTER is - after the power outage, printer would NOT work - gave bogus "Ink System Failure." Possible long shot - printer ethernet cable connectors just aren't holding as tightly in ports as they should & even moving router slightly (when 1st reset it after power outage) caused bad cable connection. Just guessing. If resetting router shouldn't affect a static IP device?, a loose cable seems another likely cause, given the symptoms.Unless I'm missing something about the static IP / router scenario
, guess I'd better examine the cable closely to see if either end comes loose by moving devices around a bit. Man - if it turns out a $6 - 8 cable was the problem all along, I'm gonna be, uh... not thrilled!