HP wireless printer not seeing router

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    rotblitz

    The instructions about VPN exceptions are outdated.  Configuring external resolver addresses on the end user devices or router LAN side can break or impact local name resolution.  You need to add an entry for your printer in the local hosts files then.

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    cwyld

    Interestingly the printer is now working fine, not sure what the difference is. Rebooted PC maybe? Thanks for the update on the VPN instructions.

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    strickke

    I am having the same problem. Where do I find the local host files?

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    rotblitz

    "Where do I find the local host files?"

    http://lmgtfy.com/?q=Where+do+I+find+the+local+hosts+file+%3F

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    strickke

    Thanks for the reply, however, I continue to have problems creating an exception for my printer. Although helpful, your link is not very explicit on how to help my printer penetrate my OpenDNS filter. Can you provide any more explicit instructions for a novice?

     

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    strickke

    In the meantime, here is a some more explicit information from my end. Our Hewlett Packard p1102w wireless printer has ceased working on our wireless network. None of our PCs or Macs on our home network connect with the printer. Are there any options available to ensure that this device penetrates Open DNS filters?

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    rotblitz

    "Are there any options available to ensure that this device penetrates Open DNS filters?"

    Certainly, if your printer still works at all.  You just need to know its network name and IP address.

    "Can you provide any more explicit instructions for a novice?"

    I would start with checking the stats at https://dashboard.opendns.com/stats/all/topdomains  to see if your printer's network name is there, possibly with a DNS suffix, something like HP-P1102W.local or whatever it is.  If you have stats at all, but nothing related to your printer is found, then your problem is unrelated to your use of OpenDNS.

    If you find its name, add an entry to your hosts file like:

    192.168.1.77  HP-P1102W  HP-P1102W.local    # printer name without and with DNS suffix

    where 192.168.1.77 is an example for the printer's possible IP address.  You must replace everything by the real values.

    You can also try to ping and lookup your printer, by name and by IP address, to get a more clear idea what the problem may be:

    ping -a 192.168.1.77

    ping  HPP1102W

    nslookup 192.168.1.77

    nslookup HPP1102W

    If nothing helps, reboot your printer to see if it is not connected to the network and possible can connect then.

    If you don't know either, your printer's network name and its IP address, check your router's log for related messages, e.g. attempts from the router to connect.

    If you still don't find anything about your printer, scan your network with e.g. http://angryip.org/ or http://www.eusing.com/ipscan/free_ip_scanner.htm to hopefully find the printer's IP address.  Then start over from begin.

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