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Remote installation of printer drivers

Here's the scenario:

I just set up a new laptop for Joe, one of the attorneys in the office.
Customarily, I leave home print drivers up to the user. Joe, however, is having some trouble with the setup.
In an effort to save time, I'd like to set him up remotely.
I plan on asking Joe to pull the model of his HP printer. I'll install the bare-bones drivers for his HP printer, and then attempt to connect to his printer.
If I was at his house, pulling the IP from his printer would be easy enough. I won't be, however.
Will the HP drivers be smart enough to find the printer?
I suppose I could take a look at his laptop's IP, subnet mask, and gateway IP and make a few educated guesses at his printer's IP.
I suppose I could pull up the manual for his HP printer online, and walk him through the process of finding the printer's IP on the LCD display on the printer.
What's the easiest approach?
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Or you could have him click a few buttons on the front and print out a config page and tell you.  If it is on the same subnet, you could attempt to ping all addresses, write down the ones that respond, do an arp -a from the command line to get mac addresses and look up the mac address online...the first 6 digits should tell the manufacturer. Then try to telnet to that ip or type that IP into a web browser on that machine.
Ask him for the make/model of the printer and we can provide more detailed instructions?
jdanaAuthor Commented:
I got it. It's an HP 8600.
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The HP 8600 has 3 methods of connectivity:
    USB port
    Wired Ethernet

To see how the printer is currently setup, have him print out a configuration page using the directions below.  This should provide the needed details to assist him in the setup of the printer on his PC.
HP 8600 Cfg page
And if you or they need more info, the manual can be downloaded here:


If you aren't on the same network things will be difficult. If you are, you could snoop, ping, arp, etc and find the probably printer and then telnet or web browse to it.  Knowing the IP would sure help, though.
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