CompTIA Network+ Question C-54

A PC technician has installed a new network printer that was preconfigured with the correct static IP address, subnet mask, and default gateway. The printer was installed with a new cable and appears to have link activity, but the printer will not respond to any network communication attempts. Which of the following is MOST likely the cause of the problem?

A. Damaged cable
B. Duplex mismatch
C. Incorrect VLAN assignment
D. Speed mismatch

Correct Answer: C

If a port is accidentally assigned to the wrong VLAN in a switch, it’s as if that client was magically transported to another place in the network. This would explain the inability to communication with the printer, as it is on a different VLAN.