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Change ip address multiple printers

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hey guys, im changing our subnet structure at a site. Is there any other way to change the ip addresses on printers instead of having to go one by one to each printer.
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by:comfortjeanius
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If you can access the web portion thru a internet browser, by putting the IP address in the address bar.
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by:wyliecoyoteuk
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Most network printers have a web page where you can change things settings.
just enter the current IP address of the machine. you will probably need the admin password to change settings, but unless it has been changed, the default is usually fairly easy to google.
Might be an opportunity to put them on DHCP and reserve their addresses, so that in future the changes only need to be made on the DHCP server
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by:n2fc
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1) Are you talking about changing in the printers or in the PC's that use them?

No "bulk change" feature exists to change all your printers... they must be done individually!

Note that you really should be using DHCP to assign IP addresses to the printers so they would automatically correct when the address scheme changes!

2) You should use a NETBIOS name instead of a static IP address when setting the ports on your network printers!

Thus, if the IP address changes on a new DHCP logon, or for any other reason, the PC's that use the printers can still find them!  Almost all printers made this millenium have a netbios name that can be used instead of an IP address!
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by:rindi
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You'll first have to set every printer to DHCP, and after that use your DHCP server to reserve the IP for each printer. You should ALWAYS use DHCP for both the dynamic and for the Static IP's. That way you are more flexible and everything is managed centrally, you can't easily make mistakes like assign the same IP to more than one device etc.
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by:mrbayIt
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darn so no way to do it all at once huh, like an hp printer utility
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by:mrbayIt
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im familiar with the dhcp approach but didnt want to do it that way
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by:rindi
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I'd really recommend using DHCP. It makes all management easier now and in the future.
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by:KCTS
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For what its worth I agree that you should be using DHCP with reservations - take the opportunity to do it now as you're going to have to re-configure them all anyway.
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by:wyliecoyoteuk
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If they are all HP, there may be a management tool, but usually it is no easier than logging in to each one in turn.
Other than that, if they were already on DHCP it would be a lot easier.
DHCP also populates DNS, gateway, etc. automatically, especially useful if any of them are MFDs
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by:Giovanni Heward
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Are all the printers HP?  How many dissimilar models?  It's technically possible to create a script to automate this (using Curl, PHP, Python, Perl, etc.), although it may or may not be worth the trouble to do so.
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by:masnrock
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Reserved IPs would be the closest thing, but even that would require setting all of the existing printers with IP addresses to DHCP.

Think of this as a good opportunity to optimize your infrastructure. You may have many more printers than necessary. MFPs could start giving more bang for your buck. Fewer devices and more capabilities.

You're going to have to suffer through changing so many devices, but at least you have some tips here.
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by:mrbayIt
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hey guys believe me i hear you on dhcp advantages and eases. The only issue is this site has a 5 year old server, by 5 its been out of warranty 5 years, i dont want to make the printers dependent on dhcp or reservations, just simple network, so if all fails at least they can print directly, Yes all hp and only 3 model variations
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by:Giovanni Heward
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If you want this automated, perform a packet capture (using wireshark, Microsoft Message Analyzer, etc.)  of making the required changes via HTTP/HTTPS (using fiddler/charles proxy/etc. for TLS/SSL connections) for each model variation.  The GET/POST requests can be converted into a function and reused.  

Depending on the web administrative interface, you may be able to do this by exporting auth cookies from your browser and using multiple WGET requests in a batch file.  This is something I do on a regular basis, so I can help you with the script.  As I said before, it may be more trouble than it's worth, depending on the amount of printers we're dealing with, and certainly more involved than DHCP.
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by:mrbayIt
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i like your idea x66, how can we work on something like that? would it be offline
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Giovanni Heward earned 250 total points
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Let start with the model which has the greatest device count.  Change the password, logoff, clear your browser cache.  Begin the capture, authenticate, make the IP address change, stop the capture.  Connect to the new IP address and change the password back.  Post your capture here for review.  If your admin interface is HTTPS then you'll need to use a man-in-the-middle SSL/TLS proxy, referenced above.

Keep in mind a working function could break across dissimilar versions of firmware (or more specifically web server pages) or at anytime in the future by applying updates which effect the web server pages or URI locations.
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by:masnrock
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You could try hp webjetadmin, but I do not recall whether you can do mass updates like you would like to do.
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