Why does my wireless printer continue to go offline?

When the pc is powered up or rebooted the printer is always offline The only way I've been able to rectify this problem temporarily is to reinstall the printer.
EM09Asked:
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Ivano ViolaSystem AdministratorCommented:
What operating system are you using? XP? What happens if you right-click on the printer in Printers & Faxes (XP) and select "Use printer online" then reboot? Does it stay online?

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EM09Author Commented:
The printer is not connected to any other pc nor is it connected to a wireless router. It is free standing so that I can print from my laptop.
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uescompCommented:
Try accessing the printer and setting it to a static IP, and install the printer using the static address, this way the ip address never changes.  I think what is happening is your printer is grabbing a different ip when dhcp is refreshed.  Usually when you use the software to install it the printer goes by name rather than ip but sometimes it does not always work.

I would also double check what ivanoviola pointed out, you can simply right click the printer and see if use printer offline is checked.
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EM09Author Commented:
I am  using XP. Have not tried selecting offline and then rebooting. It does  go offline afer reboot.
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Ivano ViolaSystem AdministratorCommented:
You mean switching the printer back to "online" then rebooting.
Let me know what happens.
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arnoldCommented:
All prior comments and check the configuration of the printer properties dealin with whether it uses SNMP to determine whether the printer is or is not online.  disable the SNMP checks on the computer and the printer will always be assumed to be online.  
The other suggestion to deal with fixing (setting static) the IP should solve the issue.
Check the port configuration on the computer is it bound to an IP or to a hostname?
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EM09Author Commented:
Recall that this is a home printer on a wireless network. Not sure how SNMP would be used in this case.
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arnoldCommented:
This is part of some printers/drivers.  Check the printer properties dealing with the port configuration and see if the bottom of the port configuration information has an SNMP poll configuration checked.
All the SNMP part does is the local computer sends an SNMP request essentially checking whether the printer is online.  If it gets a timely response, the printer is online if it does not the printer is marked offline.  
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