HP Print Server Problems

Posted on 2007-08-03
Last Modified: 2013-12-15
I have a HP Jet Direct 175 External Print Server that I am trying to communicate with a HP 5660 AIO Printer. For whatever reason, it is not working. I have uninstalled and reinstalled several times, using both the JetDirect CD and the HP CD. I have also tried doing a local install using the USB cable and then changing the port settings, to no avail. The problem seems to be with the Queue or SNMP settings, although I can ping the IP address assigned and can also access the print server address. Perhaps the settings at the 192 address need to be modified, I don't know...I have previously done MANY of these installations but this one errors as soon as I attempt to print anything.
Any ideas?
Question by:Jeff_Burns

    Author Comment

    Well, I may have answered my own question. Apparently the JetDirect is compatible with the 5650 series, but not the 5660 series, which I had obviously mis-read.
    Since HP is so uptight about any non-proprietary print servers being used with their machines, does this compatibility issue mean that a Linksys Print Server would work with this printer, or am I just completely screwed?
    Several HP printers will NOT work with ANY other print servers other than theirs. Perhaps the ones that DON'T work with theirs will be available for the other market?
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    Accepted Solution

    Many GDI printers (where the Windows graphics engine does the rendering work for the printer) do not work with ANY printserver. Also, USB printservers in general work only with those printers for which compatibility is claimed.

    Unless the Linksys mentions compatibility with your printer, my suggestion is it won't work.
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    Expert Comment

    Thanks for the points, Jeff, but you really did solve your own problem - I just added some explanatory notes.

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