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Printer not found after adding Security to Linksys Router

Last Modified: 2012-06-22
Wireless printer (NX510) worked until I added WEP security to Linksys WRT54gs.  Epson status sheet shows:  link is connected, channel 6, wep-64 bit, mac address of router as access point, TCP/IP auto ip address, ip address, subnet, no default gateway, APIPA & Bonjour are enabled, Bonjour name is EPSON88F615.local.  and bonjour printer name is EPSON88F615, WSD enabled, MS Network disabled.

Linksys WRT54gS shows:  Status Local Network has ip range of thr 149 (does this affect the high printer ip address?), DHCP is enabled.  The DHCP table shows ip addresses and mac addresses for router and each Mac and PC - but not the printer;   Status Internet shows login:  auto DHCP, with proper ip addr, subnet, default gate - and has two DNS entries.  Parental control is disabled;  no time/access restrictions by day/hr;  port range is blank;  Server settings for DHCP is enables and max of 50 users, no entries in Status DNS nor in WINS.  Starting ip is  Wireless network mode is mixed, channel is 6-2.437 GHz, SSID broadcast is enabled;  Wep encryption strings are 10 digits each, WEP 64, and same upper case was entered on the printer's control interface for the wep key.  Wireless MAC filter is disabled (tried enabling using Mac address of printer & PCs - but same results).  Authentication type is Auto;  

Removed printer and drivers on Mac OS 10.6 and installed again.  Also tried 1st time install on Win XP - all computers fail to find the printer using the Print Net utility.  Router does not include the printer mac address nor ip addr in the DHCP table - so I'm thinking the router isn't accepting the printer.  The printer status page seems to think it sees the router and is connected (the printer does have 'green' light showing the wireless connection is active).

Help please....  I don't know if the printer needs to be in the same ip range of 100-149, nor if it should show up like the computers do on the DHCP table on the router.  Nothing has been done regarding ports on any of the devices.   I'm in a bind, as I added the security to help out a friend that I still want to keep as a friend...  :-)
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