I have a wireless network with a number of laptops and a Deskjet 2540 wireless printer. The laptops are running Windows 7 with one of them running Windows 8. The wireless modem is a Netgear.
If I, through Add Devices and Printers, add a new printer, Windows finds the printer on it's IP address and adds it correctly. A test print works, as well as normal printing. Actually, when doing the search for printers, the wireless printer pops up in the list very quickly within 2 or 3 seconds.
However, once I power down a laptop, the next time I boot it up the printer is marked as unavailable and I cannot print until I go through the Add Printer process again. Re-rebooting the laptop or restarting the printer has no effect. It seems the only way is to re-add the printer.
Is there a way to make sure the printer does not get forgotten? Or should I instead be looking at wiring up the printer to the network instead (which would require a USB to Ethernet adapter)? Would that make it more stable?