NET USE to an IP Printer

Posted on 2003-03-12
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Last Modified: 2012-06-27
What is the syntax to direct LPT3: to IP Printer  No matter how I style the command, I get a 'system error 66, network resource type is not correct'.

I have read similar questions and answers on this site, but many of the answers still seem to refer to the usual syntax of 'net use lpt3: \\server\printer' etc.  But this printer is not attached to a 'server' or any other physical computer.  It is an HP 4550 with a jetdirect card, whose only connection to the network is via a Cat5 cable going to the network hub.  When I look at it's properties, and the ports tab, it is defined with a port name of 'IP_192.168.1.150'.  Yet the NET USE /? help screen only talks about the usual syntax shown above, which would work fine if this printer were physically attached to a computer on the network...but it's not.

With Windows apps I can print to this printer just fine.  But how can I print to it in DOS?  Is it possible with NET USE?  What is the specific syntax, based on the info given above?  TIA
Question by:sasllc
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Expert Comment

ID: 8119698
Does it work when you try to caputer LPT1 in the same manner?


Author Comment

ID: 8119768
Yes, it does it with any LPTx I try.  But when you say '...in the same manner', that's the real point here: I don't know what syntax to use!  Since there is no \\comptuername\printername to refer to, since it's not connected to a computer, and only has an IP address, what syntax should I use?  I've tried things like 'net use lpt1: \\' and other variations, but I get the errors described.  And, the net use help screen in xp doesn't show any syntax examples for anything other than the usual arrangement where a printer is physically attached to a computer on the network, which mine is not.

Accepted Solution

TooKoolKris earned 500 total points
ID: 8119882
If you have it connected to the network via HP Jet Direct then why not create a printer share for it off of the server? You can't use an IP in the syntax for this situation because the IP doesn't have a share just the IP.

See if this helps

How to Print to Network Printer from an MS-DOS-Based Program


Author Comment

ID: 8120044
So obvious and easy, yet no one has been able to explain that simple concept to me until now.  Thank you!

Expert Comment

ID: 8120094
your welcome


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