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Connecting HP JetDirect to Windows XP box

Posted on 2010-11-12
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I have a Windows XP box connected to my wireless network using a USB dongle. I want to connect an old HP laser printer and a JetDirect controller to the Windows box so I can share the printer on my wireless network. How can I connect the JetDirect's to the Windows XP box while maintaining my wireless connection? Both the JetDirect box and the Windows XP box have a free ethernet port.

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by:Tomas Valenta
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Connect the printer directly to your computer and then share this printer. If you would like to use JetDirect then you must connect this JetDirect to ethernet port of some switch which is on your network.
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Which jetdirect model is this?

Step 1:
Connect the Jetdirect box to the router, it should get an address via DHCP.

Step 2:
If it's external:
Connect the printer to LPT1 on the jet direct. Press the testpage on the Jetdirect and a status page for the jetdirect will be printed on the printer.

If it's internal:
Use the control panel on the printer to print a test page - if configured the IP address of the jetdirect will be shown. If it is useable (i.e via DHCP, same subnet etc as your workstation) then carry onto step 3, if not and it's been preset previously then you need to change it via the printer panel.

Now simply add an local printer on the XP, to that IP address, port 9101 if requested. Job done...

I went for the other option of getting a router with 2 usb ports - one homes the printer, the other an external disk.
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Too funny!

I wanted to connect the JetDirect box directly to the Windows XP box using an Ethernet crossover cable or through a dumb switch. I don't have any routers as I have converted to a completely wireless network. All I have is a wireless cable box in a dark and inaccessible place.

I had ASSUMED that I could not connect the printer directly to the Windows XP box because boxes today no longer have printer ports. But there it was - LPT1. I connected the printer directly to the Windows box, configured it using Windows plug and play, shared it, and it's worked perfectly.

Thanks!

Kevin
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At least it's now working :-)
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