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Hi,

I would like to change the IP address of one of our networked printers so that I can use the address it currently has for something else.

It is an HP LaserJet IIID, installed as a networked printer onto our file/print server, which is Windows Server 2000.

How would I go about changing its IP address without disrupting people being able to print to it?

Thanks!
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by:adamdrayer
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Do you have a DHCP server?  is it issuing the computer an IP address?  if so, make sure that you reserve the IP address in your DHCP server before you configure your printer with it.  Then if it is using a jetdirect card, you can just navigate to "http://w.x.y.z/" in internet explorer, where w.x.y.z is the IP address of the printer.

After you change the IP address, you will need to change the Printers(drivers) on all the machines that are printing directly to the port.  Hopefully this is just your Print Server and your other computers using the Print Server's Printer.  I wouldn't try to do this in the middle of a day if that printer is in heavy use.  

One thing you may want to do if you have another LaserJet IIID, is redirect the print jobs temporarily to that printer.  You can do this by configuring the printer driver on the printer server.  Under the ports section, uncheck the port that points to the current IP of that printer, and check the port of the second LaserJet III.
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by:gjirvine3000
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Hi,

Thanks for your help but still stuck...

We have a DHCP server but the printer's current IP is static, and we want to give it a different static IP.

The printer is connected to the network via a 3-port HP JetDirect X Plus 3. It is the only printer connected to this 3-port device.

On the print server, I have created a new port in the printer settings for the new IP address, and it accepted this. I powered off the printer and the JetDirect box and switched them back on, but the old IP address was still pinging and the new one is not, and jobs sent to the printer do not get through. I switched the printer back to its old IP in the ports and it works under this IP.

I tried to browse to the printer's current IP through IE, but it just comes up Page Cannot Be Displayed.

How do I force the JetDirect box/printer to take the new IP address I have created in the ports?

Thanks...
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Just changing the port on the print server won't do anything.  You need to phsyically change the IP address of the printer first, then change the print server to point to new IP port.

The other thread you posted has a link to JetAdmin software.  This is what you need if the JetDirect card/server you have doesn't support web interfaces as it seems it does not.  Download the jetadmin software from HP, and it will allow you to reconfigure the printer.

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