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I currently have 2 PC's networked thru a 4 port hub. (I use the hub to share Cable modem ISP)  I am trying to setup my Canon BJC 6000 on a print server. I have tried both a HP JetDirect EX Plus, and a Lantronix EPS1 with the same unsucessful results.   Neither Print managing software can find the device on my network.  In fact, neither device will 'show up' on the Hub (the port light does not come on)  I have tried switching patch cables, & hub ports, all without any luck. On the Lantronix box, all of the test lights  come on, except for the NETWORK light.
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by:rkumar121699
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Are you sharing Internet alone thru hub or sharing the data between  2 systems.

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by:netmage
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100Mbit or 10Mbit network?

The printers are probably 10Mbit.

You may need a dual speed Hub if everything else is at 100Mbit.


Once you get the wiring sorted out, IPX is easier to configure the printers with.
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by:centerv
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I may be barking up the wrong tree, but if you're already sharing a connection
why not use the   File and Printer  share option?

You just need both pc on for both to use at the same time.

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by:lewisg
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If the hub does not light up you most likely have a physical problem; wire, port or device. Be sure the cable you are trying to use is pinned straight; same color wire going from pin 1 on one end to pin 1 on the other...

However if the BJC 6000 is a "windows" printer it most likely will not work on a print server in anything but the most basic fashon (no graphics) without PostScript or another Printer Control Language.

Unless one of the machines is a NT machine you won't be able to que print requests so users may get "busy" messages.

Your best bet is to leave it connected to one of the windows machines and share it from there.
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by:centerv
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lewisg

I believe you're echoing me?

Please post new comments.

thanks
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by:lewisg
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centerv:

I try to give a complete answer/comment each time. Simply telling someone to do something another way without saying why is not the way to help. Neither is cluttering up the froum with accusations.
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by:centerv
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lewisg

Simply acknowledge when an idea has already been presented.

Or you can just add to it.

Common courtesy.
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NFUNK earned 50 total points
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The reason you probrably cannot see the JetDirect is that when you are connected to your cable modem you cannot see the subnet that the jetdirect defaults to. Have you tried putting the DLC protocol on the system you installed the Jetdirect management software on? In the past I have had to maually set the managing workstation to the subnet of the jet direct box in order to set it up. Generate a test page from the jetdirect box by holding down the switch for about 4 seconds. see if you can ping the default address for the jetdirect will be on the self test telnet in to the box and change to dhcp for address assignment. you should be able to see the server with jetadmin once it restarts.
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by:Crash021600
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Initially, I had a hub that would not recognize my 10MBs devices.  After getting a 10MBS hub, and setting the Subnet mask to the rest of my network, the Jet Direct work flawlessly.  
 Strangely enough, I could never get the JetDirect to print a Test print in the manner you described... hmmmm.
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by:netmage
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I don't mind not getting any points, but, some recognition for suggesting that you check and install a Hub that will work for your setup would have been nice.
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