[Bulk] WiFi-printers Error: ''no DHCPOFFERS received''

Eberhard Roloff tuxebi at gmx.de
Tue Jan 13 16:24:07 UTC 2009

John Hubbard wrote:
> Ulrich Grün wrote:
>> Namastè,
>> I've connected my HP C6380 via the Linksys WUSB54gr wireless card (at 
>> least, that is what I try).
>> The configuration program RutilT finds my printer, as soon as the 
>> printer is on. My laptop then sends ''DHCPDISCOVER on WLAN0 to 
>> port 67 interval 15''.
>> After some attempts, I receive the message: ''no DHCPOFFERS 
>> received'', and RutilT shows my printer as disconnected again.
>> Does anybody know (or has a clue) what might be going on? The HP 
>> software on my linuxbox (Debian 4.0) is well installed.
> It sounds like you don't have a DHCP Server anywhere on the wireless 
> network.  If you only have your laptop (with wireless) and a printer 
> attached to a WUSB45gr are going to have problems.  You will either need 
> to set up your laptop to be wireless router/DHCP server or invest in a 
> wireless router.  Hope this helps. 
While it is surely a good idea to have a dhcp Server (or a router acting 
as a dhcp server) on any network, from my experience, you will want to 
set a fixed IP Adress for a network printer and this applies to wireless 
as well.

Doing it like this, you will not have to ask yourself where to find your 
printer, when there is trouble. ;-)

I am slightly confused how your configuration program shortly locates 
your printer when you do not have wireless connectivity on your laptop?

Just to clarify, what is wired and what is wireless in your network?

And is there a router where wires and wireless devices are interconnected?
If so, switch on the dhcp server within the router configuration and 
report back what happens.


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