Keep losing connection to network printers from wireless laptop

We have a work laptop with Windows XP Media Edition.

The user of the laptop also takes it home with her and uses on her home wireless router.
When she comes back the next day and hooks up to our wireless network she cannot print to any of the networked printers.
We have to keep uninstalling and reinstalling the printers on her laptop.

If anyone can help then that would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you
Who is Participating?
I wear a lot of hats...

"The solutions and answers provided on Experts Exchange have been extremely helpful to me over the last few years. I wear a lot of hats - Developer, Database Administrator, Help Desk, etc., so I know a lot of things but not a lot about one thing. Experts Exchange gives me answers from people who do know a lot about one thing, in a easy to use platform." -Todd S.

If the drivers for the printer are installed via a server share, this could cause the problem as those connections are not always persistent...

Try installing the printer on her local machine but using a virtual TCP/IP port:
1) Start---->Click on Printers and Faxes
2) Click on Add a Printer
3) Click Next-----> Make sure that the Local Printer attached to this computer is checked, but that the Auto Dtect box is NOT checked...
4)Put a dot in the Create a New Port box---->Select Standard TCP/IP port from the drop down menu
5)A new wizard will appear...
6)Enter the IP address and the Port name(the auto fill is fine)...
7)CLick next and finish
8) A new window will shortly appear...choose the Have Disk option and put in your driver CD and direct it to the correct driver for your printer model....

If this doesn't work(or this is how you are already doing it) please repost and we will see what else we can do...
Hope this helps,

Experts Exchange Solution brought to you by

Your issues matter to us.

Facing a tech roadblock? Get the help and guidance you need from experienced professionals who care. Ask your question anytime, anywhere, with no hassle.

Start your 7-day free trial
Windows Media Edition is not supported for Domain infrastructure.

There are hacks available to get Media Center on a domain but the OS becomes something other then Media Center then.

Media Center was originally built on XP Pro but the support for domains was removed with the 2005 edition.

This will solve the printing issue you have.
msilkaAuthor Commented:
We have changed the printers to local with the IP address as the new printer port.
So far it has been working pretty well.

We did do the hack for the Domain before this started to happen.

I would leave this topic open until the end of the week just in case anything else happens.

Thank you for your assistance.
SolarWinds® IP Control Bundle (IPCB)

Combines SolarWinds IP Address Manager and User Device Tracker to help detect IP conflicts, quickly identify affected systems, and help your team take near instantaneous action. Help improve visibility and enhance reliability with SolarWinds IP Control Bundle.

Glad to hear your issues are appearing to be resolved.
Glad to know I could be of service!!!

msilkaAuthor Commented:
This question can be closed.
The printers have been working great since this change.
Thank you for all the help.
It's more than this solution.Get answers and train to solve all your tech problems - anytime, anywhere.Try it for free Edge Out The Competitionfor your dream job with proven skills and certifications.Get started today Stand Outas the employee with proven skills.Start learning today for free Move Your Career Forwardwith certification training in the latest technologies.Start your trial today

From novice to tech pro — start learning today.