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Why is my printer offline CONSTANTLY and how to PERMANENTLY fix it

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My printer Color Laser Jet Pro MFP M281fdw, is continuously going offline.  I can't figure out why this is happening and I spend so much time rebooting, unplugging, uninstlling, reinstalling, clearing print cues etc., that I may as well draw the photo, or hand write the document I'm trying to print.  Can HP hear my frustration?  Please some intelligent human come to the rescue. 

 

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@JanJaw,

 

Welcome to the HP Forums 🙂 I would like to take a moment and thank you for using this forum, it is a great place to find answers. For you to have the best experience on the HP forum, you could also visit our HP Forums Guide for First Time Here? Learn How to Post and More. I see from your post that you are having issues with the printer showing printer offline. Don't worry we'll work together to help you find a solution.

 

To provide you with an accurate solution, I'll need a few more details:

Have you recently made any changes on the printer before the issue started?

How is the printer connected? USB/Wireless

What is the status of the Wireless light? Is it blinking or steady blue

What is the Operating system installed on the PC? Windows or Mac

 

Let’s start by performing a network power drain. Follow the steps below:

 

Turn off all the devices connected on your network including the PC, Smartphones, printer, modem (if present) and router. Make sure all the devices in the network are turned off / unplugged.

Wait for 2-3 minutes.

Now turn on the modem if present. Wait till all the lights are steady and idle.

Then turn on the router. Again wait for a couple of minutes so that the lights are all steady.

Then turn on the PC and other devices.

 

If you’re running Windows, I would start by checking the installed printer software by downloading and running the HP Print and Scan Doctor. This tool can diagnose and fix many printing and printer software related issues. Please use this link to help you with that information: http://hp.care/2biN2XE 

 

If the printer connected to the network? Check the wireless light. If the light is steady blue, then the printer is connected to the network. If the light is flashing, then the printer is not connected to the network. Go to Setup - Network - Wireless setup wizard to connect the printer to the network.

 

Once the printer is connected to the network, then assign a static IP to the printer:

 

Let’s start by assigning a static IP address to the printer. Here are the steps:

  • Obtain the IP address of the printer – You can touch the “wireless” icon on the printer control panel to get the IP address.
  • Type the IP address on your web browser to obtain the printer EWS page on your computer.
  • Go to "Network" tab - General - Select "Network protocols" - Select "Enable IPv4 only" (or similar) - Apply the settings.
  • Go to the “Network” tab – Click on “Wireless (802.11) – Then click on “Network address (IPv4)
  • Click on the radio button which says, “Manual IP” and then click “Suggest a manual IP address” to give a manual IP address to your printer.
  • Click on radio button which says, “Manual DNS Server” and under manual preferred type 8.8.8.8 and under manual alternate type 8.8.4.4 (This is Google DNS server address)
  • Restart the printer and then router once done.

Create TCP/IP Port(If you're running Windows): 

 

1. Search Windows for devices, and then select "Devices and Printers" In the list of results.

2. Right-Click the name of your printer, and then select Printer Properties.

3. Click the Ports tab, click on "Add port" select "Standard TCP/IP Port" and click "New Port"

4. Click next on the Add Standard TCP/IP printer port wizard, enter the printer IP address and click next and then click on "OK".

5. Now under the "Ports" tab you will find the newport with the printer IP address, click "Apply" and "OK".

6. Restart the computer.

 

For Windows:  HP Printers - Printer is Offline (Windows)

 

For Mac: HP Printers - Printer is Offline (Mac)

 

Could you please respond to this post with the details and with the results of the troubleshooting as this will help me in further assisting you.

Eagerly waiting for your response!

that said, If the information I've provided was helpful, 

give us some reinforcement by clicking the solution and kudos buttons, 

that'll help us and others see that we've got the answers!

Good Luck.

Jeet_Singh
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Thank you.  I ended up using HP support online.  I think they pretty much did what you suggested.  This has worked.  Thank you for your reply.

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@JanJaw,

 

I'm glad you got this issue sorted out.

 

Do visit our HP Forums and drop us a message anytime you need help.

 

Thank you 😀

Jeet_Singh
I am an HP Employee

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