Printers that will work with the HP Jetdirect ew2400 Wireless Print Server

I am looking for printers that will work with the HP Jetdirect ew2400 Wireless Print Server and which are not manufactured by HP.

I prefer laser machines and would like one that connects through USB. I need to know if I can use the USB interface once the machine is set up to use the wireless print server while connected via ethernet.

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Most USB printers are GDI printers (which rely on Windows' print engine to convert the page into dots) and will only work with certain printservers. Unless the documentation states the combination will work, you must assume it won't.

on the other hand, printers that support a page description language like PCL or PostScript will work with just about any printserver. They are more expensive than GDI printers though.

That still leaves a very large range of printers, from many manufacturers. To give you any suggestions I would need more information, such as: colour or mono? how fast? how much do you want to pay? what do you intend to use the printer for (reports, photos, etc)?

Also, as you will need a more expensive printer anyway, many of them will have built-in (wired) networking, and can be plugged into your router. That will give a more reliable connection than wireless and in most cases the printer can be located in a convenient place near the router.

Let us have some more info please.
wyliecoyoteukIT directorCommented:
As hdhondt says, GDI (otherwise known as "hostbased" or "windows") printers will not work with most printservers, wireless or otherwise.
Printservers in general are only reliable with slow single user type printers. They often prove unreliable with higher speed printers, and can lock up if multiple users try to connect to them.

"I need to know if I can use the USB interface once the machine is set up to use the wireless print server while connected via ethernet."

This is a little confusing. Do you want to use ethernet, wireless or USB to connect?
Some lasers come with USB and ethernet built in. Some also have a wireless option,
But usually these are mutually exclusive, i.e. you can use USB or Ethernet or Wireless.

Some quite cheap printers are now offering Bluetooth as an option.

As hdhondt says, more information about what you want to acheive would be helpful.
TGCtechAuthor Commented:
Sorry for the delay in responding - traveling.

I want to place a printer downstairs from my computer room and have it print wirelessly from around the house via the ew2400 print server connected to the USB port on the printer. Since I paid $200 for the print server, I don't want to purchase a printer that is wireless ready if I can find one that will use the print server through USB.

The print server will connect to either a USB or ethernet port on the printer. I want to use the USB.

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wyliecoyoteukIT directorCommented:
In that case, any USB printer that supports PCL5 is probably a safe bet.
Just don't expect great performance.
wyliecoyoteukIT directorCommented:
And as it is a HP print  server, I would recommend a HP printer for best results.
The ew2400 is supposed to be compatible with the following printers:

HP Color LaserJet CP3505x (CB444A#ABA)
HP LaserJet M5025 (Q7840A)
HP LaserJet P2015 Laser Printer (CB366A)
HP LaserJet P2015d Laser Printer (CB367A)
HP LaserJet P2015d Refurbished (CB367AR)
HP Officejet Pro K5400 (C8184A)
HP Officejet Pro L7580 (C8187A)
HP Officejet Pro L7680 (C8189A)
HP Officejet Pro L7780 All in One Inkjet Printer (C8192A)
HP Officejet Pro K550 (C8157A#A2L)
HP Officejet Pro K850 (C8177A#A2L)
HP Business Inkjet 1000 (C8179A#A2L)
HP Color LaserJet 3800 (Q5981A)
HP Color LaserJet 3800 (Q5981A#ABA-BN)


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TGCtechAuthor Commented:
Thanks Gang! That's exactly what I needed.
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