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Fitting a LaserJet 4250n Network in to a LaserJet 4250

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I have a brand new LaserJet 4250 and it has no network card. If purchased a used LaserJet 4250n from eBay am I able to remove the network functionality from it and put into the new printer?
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by:Experienced Member
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It might work (I don't know for sure), but for sure I know you can get a small print server (HP Jet Direct 170x or comparable) and work through that. That will work for certain. ... Thinkpads_User
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by:Hypercat (Deb)
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Where did you buy the printer? You should be able to purchase there or order from HP a JetDirect network card for that printer.
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by:Hypercat (Deb)
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PS - I would not recommend putting a used network card into a brand new printer. It might work, but I think it would hardly be worth the time and trouble.
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by:nickedwards
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Cost is the main issue,  what's the best price I could expect to pay for a card?
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You can get a Jet Direct Print Server on eBay for $45. Used print servers are not all like used network cards, and so should serve you just fine.  ... Thinkpads_User
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by:Hypercat (Deb)
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A new JetDirect card would probably cost you somewhere in the neighborhood of $100-$150.
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by:David_Ingledew
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For my two-penneth, stick to the HP Jetdirects...the others tend to be slower and more prone to problems.

You should be able to get either an internal or an external one - internal is easier in some ways as you configure the network settings on the copier instead of a web browser.

New makes sense, to buy an old units and save $20 is not worth it...

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by:hdhondt
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I can't think of any reason why a used 4250n network card would not work in a 4250. HP usually sell the cards separately, and don't "lock out" features in printers. The network card is a "HP Jetdirect 620n Fast Ethernet Print Server", which works with a variety of printers.

Of course, to have any chance of getting it to work, the first thing you'll need to do is to do a cold reset on the card so it will forget the old network settings.

Another thing: if you're buying a complete 4250n, why not use that instead of the 4250? And, as others pointed out, a new network card should be cheaper than a whole used printer.

And, unlike thinkpads_user, I would never recommend an external network adapter if an internal one is available.
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by:David_Ingledew
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£118 new for the 620N, loads of sellersd arround the £120 mark. You might be able to get it cheaper tho.

However...I would be tempted by this: http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/HP-Jetdirect-Network-Card-610N-J4169A-Print-Server_W0QQitemZ280590819096QQcategoryZ108998QQcmdZViewItemQQ_trksidZp4340.m263QQ_trkparmsZalgo%3DSIC%26its%3DI%252BC%26itu%3DUCI%252BIA%252BUA%252BFICS%252BUFI%26otn%3D15%26pmod%3D200430836458%26ps%3D63%26clkid%3D5200129222769134773#ht_1188wt_901

£10, free p&p, refurbished from a company which appears to know what they are doing....so probably reset!

I'd give it a go myself...

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by:nickedwards
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I purchased a JetDirect card, I initially saw the price on the web site and instantly dismissed them.

Thank you ebay!
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Thank you. I was pleased to assist. ... Thinkpads_User
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