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wireless printer takes 1/2 hour to show up

We have a very simple setup:

1 laptop computer
1 wireless router
1 wireless printer

The router says the wireless printer is 192.168.1.2

When we turn on the laptop computer, a ping to the wireless printer (192.168.1.2) initially gets no reply, and we can't print.

About 1/2 hour later, it starts working, a ping gives us a reply, and we can print.

Why do we have to wait 1/2 hour? How can we speed this up? What's going on?
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artkairos

There maybe a problem between the printer and router communication, or your laptop going to the printer. Of course I assume that your laptop's IP is within the router range 192.168.1.xxx. And I would assume that you could ping your router. Assuming that this has been working before, I would try giving my router a firmware upgrade. firmware upgrade should only be done hardwire. You may go to your router manufacturer;s site and download the correct firmware.
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I failed to mention, I've logged into our router, checked Attached Devices, it does list the HP printer as 192.168.1.2 . Router table says it's there, but I can't ping it unless I wait 1/2 hour, then it works.

Don't know how to test it further to figure out what's going on.
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The router is NETGEAR WNR2000v3. It's what the cable company gave us. (Not my personal choice. I wasn't present when the decision was made to get one from the cable company.)
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I'd love to assign a static IP to the printer but the router doesn't seem to have that capability. (I used to assign fixed IP addresses in the router of a previous home network I had and it worked great! It was a better router.)
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Decided problem was fault of router. Switched to USB cable.