Sometimes you may need to change your printer’s IP address, such as after you rearrange your network. It’s not hard to do, it’s just not always immediately obvious where the settings are.
This method works in Windows 7 and Windows 10. It probably also works in Vista and Windows 8, but I don’t have those versions anymore.
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If your router has a USB port and is running DD-WRT, you can turn it into a DD-WRT USB print server. It can still do wireless duty while it allows your computers to print to your wired USB printer over your wired or wireless network. It’s not very intuitive or user friendly, but it works. Here’s how to set it up with Windows 7. Other Windows versions will be about the same.
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Sometimes you need to add a generic printer in Windows 10.
Windows 10 makes the setup of newer hardware pretty automatic, but if you have a legacy or specialized printer that has to be set up as a generic printer in Windows, the process isn’t intuitive. Here’s how to set it up.
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Sometimes you have to manually add a TCP/IP printer in Windows 10. For example, I have an older HP Laserjet 4100 with a Jetdirect card in it that I use to print from all of my PCs over my local area network (LAN). Getting Windows 10 to print to it isn’t difficult but it’s hardly intuitive.
If you have your printer already set up but just need to change its IP address, I covered that here. If you want to share a locally attached printer with other computers on your network, you can do that too.
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A longtime friend’s aunt almost got taken by a fake tech support scammer. He told me about it, and in the process, this was also the first I’d heard of the netstat scam.
She saved herself by saying she’d have to check things out with her nephew first. That’s a good trick. Fortunately for her, the scammer didn’t try to delete anything, though he did immediately change from being very pleasant to being very rude. That matches my recent experience with these low-life crooks precisely.
She was vulnerable because the flawed MS14-045 gave her trouble and she had a case open with HP. So when this crook called, she thought at first that HP or Microsoft were folllowing up with her about that.
The scammer’s best trick was to get her to open a command prompt and type netstat. Continue reading Don’t fall for the netstat scam
I’ve been listening to Patrick Gray’s coverage of the AusCERT security conference, and I walked away with two major takeaways, one for security professionals and one for everyone.
Everyone first: Use SSL (https) everywhere you possibly can. Generate superfluous https traffic if you can.
Network professionals: Block as much UDP at the firewall as you can.
Read on for more. Continue reading Takeaways from Patrick Gray’s AusCERT coverage
I saw this phrase in a job description last week: Troubleshooting at all layers of the OSI model. That sounds a bit intimidating, right?
Maybe at first. But let’s not overcomplicate it. Once you get past the terminology, it’s a logical way to locate and fix problems. Chances are you already do most of this whether you realize it or not. I was already troubleshooting at at least four of the seven layers when I was working as a part-time desktop support technician in college in 1995.
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When I wrote my take on used-book sales, I originally included a question, then took it out because it turned into a sidebar. But it’s a valid question.
Would I rather be a full-time author? Continue reading So, would I rather be a full-time author?
There’s a crazy rumor going around saying that the government didn’t do much of anything to create the Internet, and that private industry did it all.
I remember the Internet before the private sector got involved in it. I was there.
Continue reading There’s plenty of credit for the Internet to go around
So you like the results you get with DNS Bench, but you have a laptop you take on the road a lot?
Use DNS Bench to find the best results for the places you go most frequently, then use TCP/IP Manager to save those settings and switch between them. Continue reading TCP/IP Manager makes a good companion for DNS Bench for road warriors