I love Samsung laser printers. I have had two over the last decade or so, and they are super reliable and very affordable. I currently have a ML-2851 networked monochrome printer, and it has been great. I gave the printer a static IP address on my home network, and everyone can print to it. Back in the “old days,” I had to keep whatever computer the printer was attached to powered up all the time.
So, I moved recently, and switched my Internet providers from Verizon to Charter. The cable modem that Charter provided used a different range of internal IP addresses. Verizon used 192.168.1.x, whereas Charter used 192.168.0.x.
This caused a chicken and the egg problem: I couldn’t configure my printer because it had an address different from the rest of my computers in the house.
I knew how to fix this the hard way. I could reconfigure my cable modem router from Charter to use 192.168.1.x addresses, but that meant the other five computers in the house would have to change their settings as well.
I went to Samsung’s site, and after some creative searching I found a little utility called SetIP that does the trick.
- Connect your printer to any computer using a USB cord. Note that you’ll need a Type AB cable to do this, the one with a regular USB connector on one end, and a square USB connector on the other end. It looks like this:
- Download the SetIP application from Samsung. It’s a bitch to find, and there is no description as to what this program does other than its name. Here’s Samsung’s direct link to the application as of 01/10/2011, and here’s a permanent link to the application from my Web site just in case it gets moved / removed by Samsung.
- Setup the SetIP program by double-clicking on it. It will extract the program and install it on your computer.
- Run the SetIP program and select your printer. Click the “Setup” button:
- Configure the SetIP program like this:
- The upper part of the program has your printer’s name and machine (MAC) address. You can’t change this, so don’t worry about it.
- IP Address: this is the address your printer has currently. You will want to change this to the address you need for your network. In most cases, it will be going from 192.168.0.x to 192.168.1.x or vice-versa.
- Subnet mask: in most cases you won’t need to change this. Double-check your new router just to make sure.
- Default Gateway: you will need to change this to be your NEW router’s gateway. In most cases, it will be going from 192.168.0.1 to 192.168.1.1 or vice-versa.
- Click the apply button.
- Click OK.
- You’re done!
The program is super easy to use, and if you have a lot of devices in your house in use it’s faster than changing the router and disrupting everything else.
While I did not write this program nor do I represent Samsung in any way, please let me know if you have problems and I’ll do my best to help.