How to Move USB printer from PC to network

How to Move USB printer from PC to network

On attached file [Office_Network_1.pdf], in red circled area, HP LaserJet P2055dn USB connection was moved from directly connected to Earthrise PC [Win 7 Pro, 8-port switch #3] to Targus 4-USB Port.

The moved HP LaserJet P2055dn printer is not found in any PC 'Devices and Printers' dialog on any PC on the network.

The MacMini of course had no trouble finding and setting up the printer.

On the other hand, the HP Photosmart D74602 which was origonally the only printer connected to the Airport Extreme, works OK on PC/MAC.

In 'Devices and Printers' I removed the origonal Earthrise-connected printer and could not find the printer [HP LaserJet P2055dn] shown in the attached PDF. Also restarted 2 PCs.

One would think this to be a simple task... However, the WIN 7 PCs insist on finding the printers in origonal locations.

There are 2 WIN 7 Pro and 2 WIN 8.1 Pro PCs on the network.

How do get network and PCs to access HP LaserJet P2055dn?
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I don't know if this a technical question but to offer you a simplistic suggestion,  go to your devices and printer highlight it without clicking onit then at the top print server properties>security>everyone is ticked and set permissions for everyone.
Then in the advanced> click on everyone print then edit>tick appropriate boxes
in run type gpedit.msc
click on administrative templates>on the right> DB click printers>allow print spooler to accept client connections.

allow print spooler to accept client connections
Iain MacMillanIT Regional Manager - UKCommented:
you should only need to re-create/edit the HP print Q port -- as with most USB printers, the port is created from the USB port ID it links to.  If you move it to another USB port thats not part of the original USB controller chip (i.e. off the motherboard front or rear ports), you just need to update the port settings and re-share.  I have done this several times with label & barcode printers.

obviously you need to makes sure you have both sets of drivers loaded if you have a mix of 32 & 64bit system linking to it, or you may have to manually install those per system too.
Most HP printers with wireless included include a utility that you install on the PC, which then searches for and helps you setup the wireless printer for the OS. So first look for and install that utility (either on the installation CD/DVD or downloable from HP's website).

If there is no such tool available, in Windows 7 open "Devices and Printers", select "Add Printer", then click on "Add a network, wireless or bluetooth printer". Now click on "The printer I want isn't listed" (no need to wait for it to get discovered). Now click on "Add a printer using a TCP/IP address or hostname". In the next windows enter the printer's IP address under "Hostname or IP Address". The rest should be more or less automatic...
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Davis McCarnOwnerCommented:
If it is a DN model, it has a 10/100 ethernet port.  Why not connect it to the 8 port switch and bypass the USB issue altogether?
When setting up a network printer, it is always best to go into its web interface and set it to a static ip.  That way it won't move every time the power goes out. (I like to start printers at .150 to keep them out of the PC's and devices way)
Here's the user manual:
MARSPATHAuthor Commented:
>>If it is a DN model, it has a 10/100 ethernet port.  Why not connect it to the 8 port switch and bypass the USB issue altogether?

>>Here's the user manual: 

Following the instructions in Chapter 5 [page 40...] of user manual, I was able to install (? - using defaults) printer at IP address Printer is listed as default device (Photosmart D47600 series [A4CF6]). However, sending file to printer fails to print - appears in printer queue as 'Error-Printing'. Troubleshoot icon in 'Devices and Printers' is of no help.
Davis McCarnOwnerCommented:
The Airport does not support and cannot use that USB hub for anything but one device.  I was suggesting you unplug the HP from it and use a network wire to the 8 port switch.
MARSPATHAuthor Commented:
The attached diagram, Office_Network_2.pdf, shows the CAT5 connection which resulted in the above inability to print. Restart of WIN 78 Pro, no help. Document is in queue, but results in printing error.

'Devices and Printers' search for new printer/add printer shows 2 entries for HP D7400 series printers:

1: Photosmart D7400 series [A46CF6] on NEUTRINO
Address \\NEUTRINO\Photosmart D7400 series [A46CF6]

2:  Photosmart D7400 series (HP)

Neither of these installed printers will print, returning the error described above.

Any ideas?
Are you sure your printer's Ip is in the same subnet as your other IP's are? It should be in the same subnet. is an uncommon subnet for a small setup. Normally you'd be using something more like "", like what your Office connect has. Make sure the IP you give your printer is in the same subnet as the other devices of your LAN.
Davis McCarnOwnerCommented:
Go back to that users manual I posted earlier and reset the HP to its default network settings.  Cycle its power afterwards and see if that doesn't help.

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MARSPATHAuthor Commented:
It's fixed. Went to MacMini and removed

 Photosmart D7400 series [A46CF6] on NEUTRINO
Address \\NEUTRINO\Photosmart D7400 series [A46CF6]

Prints OK from MAC and WIN 7.

>>Make sure the IP you give your printer is in the same subnet as the other devices of your LAN.

IP addresses were assigned by OS(X?) - Airport Utility reports 10.0.x.x
LAN addresses.

My goal is to move windows files to another MacMini with Parallels 9 and Win 8.1. Needed to be sure HP D4700 would work with network. Also have USB HP LaserJet which will connect to new MacMini.

I need Windows/Office to serve current clients - eventually move to all (well, 95% anyway) to MacMini & OSX.
MARSPATHAuthor Commented:
Thanks for your help in this and earlier posts.
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