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Setup HP printer using IPv6 addressing from Windows XP

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I would like to print to an HP printer using an IPv6 address from an XP computer. I setup the printer using it's IPv6 address on a Win7 computer easily. Now I want to do the same on an XP machine. I added the IPv6 protocol on the XP SP3 computer and when I do an ipconfig /all the results show it's IPv6 address. The computer and printer are on the same subnet but I can't even ping the printer using ping -6 and the IPv6 address. The ping reply is "Destination host unreachable". The printer replys using the IPv4 address and the Win7 machine pings the IPv6 address no problem.
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Windows XP IPv6 stack wasn't veru good or complete. I would run dual stack configuration until you replace XP.
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Unfortunately I don't have that option at this time.
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Remember IPv6 support for XP was brought in by SP2. It was an after throught on Microsoft's part. It wasn't completely baked and therefore most consider it unreliable. I suggest an upgrade to an IPv6 complaint OS (Vista/Win 7).
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I have solved the problem, with the help of a friend, and it was fairly simple.
1. Setup the IPv6 protocol on the XP computer
Add a route
2. At a command prompt type: netsh <enter>
2. At the netsh prompt type: interface ipv6 <enter>
3. At the netsh interface ipv6 prompt type: add route fe80::/64 “Local Area Connection” <enter>
4. quit <enter>
Test
5. Having the printers IPv6 address, ping using the IPv6 ping command: ping -6 IPv6 address here (you should receive a reply, if not trouble shoot)
Add printer
6. Go to add printer, select local printer then add a port. The standard Microsoft TCP/IP port does not accept colons (:) so select the HP TCP/IP port and add the IPv6 address there.
7. Send test print
This worked for me and so far is STABLE!!
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I hope this helps someone else.
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