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HP LaserJet 1150 and 1300 Series Printers - Understanding, Using, and Troubleshooting HP Jetdirect and Wireless Network Connections

Introduction

This document describes the software that is required to install the printer on a wireless network. It explains how to configure the connection, work with the network printer server, and order the network accessories as well as the types of network installations that are available.

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Software for network installations

The software for the network installation is on the CD-ROM that comes with the HP LaserJet 1300n printer. If the print server was ordered separately from the printer, the print server comes with a CD-ROM containing the software.

Use the following steps to install the print server software:

  1. Insert the CD into the CD-ROM drive on the computer.

  2. The setup program should start automatically. If the setup program does not start, browse to the CD-ROM drive and double-click SETUP.EXE .

Click Install to start the installation, and follow the instructions on the screen.

The most current software for a wireless network is available on the HP web site. Click here to download the Jetdirect Wireless Setup Wizard . On that web page, select the language and country/region, select software and driver downloads , and then type Jetdirect wireless setup wizard in the enter product number field.

Once the software is downloaded and installed, use the help screens of the software for further information or instructions.

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Network connections

Print server network connection

The HP LaserJet 1300n printer supports network connections with an HP Jetdirect print server. This print server is optional for the HP LaserJet 1300 printer. To order the print server, click here to go to "Ordering network accessories" below.

Installing the print server

Insert the HP Jetdirect 200m print server into the LIO connectivity slot on the back of the printer. Push the print server into the slot until it seats firmly and the latches click into place. Click here to go to "Network connections" for more information.

The software for the print server is on the CD-ROM that comes with the HP LaserJet 1300n printer. If the print server was ordered separately from the printer, the print server comes with a CD-ROM containing the software.

Use the following steps to install the print server software:

  1. Insert the CD into the CD-ROM drive on the computer.

  2. The setup program should start automatically. If the setup program does not start, browse to the CD-ROM drive and double-click SETUP.EXE .

  3. Click Install to start the installation, and follow the instructions on the screen.

Connecting to a network using a print server

Use the following steps to connect to the network.

  1. Insert the HP Jetdirect print server into the low-cost input/output (LIO) connectivity slot on the back of the printer.

  2. Connect one end of a network cable to the print server, and connect the other end to the network. Be sure to install the printer driver on all computers that connect to the network.

Figure 1: Network connection

1 - Cable connection through print server to network
2 - Cable connection to printer

The HP LaserJet 1300n printer comes with an HP Jetdirect 200m print server. A variety of print servers can be ordered for the HP LaserJet 1150 printer or an HP LaserJet 1300 printer. (Click here to go to "Ordering network accessories" below for a list of available wireless print servers.)

The information in this section is based on the HP Jetdirect 200m print server. Be aware that some of the following information might not apply if a different print server is ordered.

Printing a configuration page

The print server configuration page contains messages, network statistics, and status for the print server. The configuration page also lists the IP address for the print server.

The configuration page can be printed by pressing the Test button on the back of the print server.

Figure 2: Test button on the back of the print server

The configuration page can also be viewed through the print server embedded Web server. See "Using the print server embedded Web server" below for more information.

Using the print server embedded Web server

It is recommended to use the software that comes with the printer, or the Jetdirect Wireless Setup Wizard described above, to configure the print server.

However, the HP Jetdirect 200m print server has an embedded Web server that can be used to configure various print server parameters in a standard Web browser. The supported Web browsers are Internet Explorer version 5.0 or later and Netscape Navigator version 4.75 or later.

To use the print server embedded Web server, open the browser and type the IP address for the print server as the URL. Print a configuration page to find the IP address (click here to go to "Printing a configuration page") .

Changing the IP address

One way to change the IP address for the print server is to use the embedded Web server.

NOTE: Consult a network administrator before changing the IP address for the print server. Be sure to notify other users of any changes.

Use the following steps to change the IP address.

  1. Open a Web browser and type the current IP address for the print server as the URL.

  2. Click the Networking tab.

  3. In the TCP/IP section, change the configuration method to Manual .

  4. Type a new IP address in the IP address box.

    NOTE: The connection to the embedded Web server is lost when the IP address is changed. To re-establish the connection, type the new IP address in the browser URL field.

For more information see the ‘Troubleshooting the print server’ section at the end of this document.

Wireless network connection

The HP LaserJet 1150 and HP LaserJet 1300 series printer models support the IEEE 802.11b standard for wireless networking and Bluetooth wireless connectivity options. The available HP Jetdirect wireless print servers and HP Bluetooth printer adapters attach on the back of the printer to either the universal serial bus (USB) port, the parallel port, or the LIO connectivity slot (for the HP LaserJet 1300 series).

(Click here to go to "Ordering network accessories" below for a list of available wireless print servers.)

IEEE 802.11b standard

With the wireless HP Jetdirect 802.11b print server, HP peripherals can be placed anywhere in the office or home and connected to a wireless network running Microsoft, Apple, NetWare, UNIX, or Linux network operating systems. This wireless technology provides a high-quality printing solution without the physical constraints of wiring. Peripherals can be conveniently placed anywhere in an office or home and can be easily moved without changing network cables.

Installation is easy with the HP Install Network Printer Wizard.

HP Jetdirect 802.11b print servers are available for USB and parallel connections.

Bluetooth

Bluetooth wireless technology is a low-power, short-range radio technology that can be used to wirelessly connect computers, printers, personal digital assistants, cell phones, and other devices.

Unlike infrared technology, Bluetooth reliance on radio signals means that devices do not have to be in the same room, office, or cubicle with an unobstructed line of sight in order to communicate. This wireless technology increases portability and efficiency within business network applications.

The HP LaserJet 1150 and 1300 series printers have incorporated Bluetooth wireless technology. Bluetooth adapters are available for USB and parallel connections.

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Installing a printer to a shared network path

Installing on Windows 98 and Windows Me networks

Use the following steps to install a shared printer on Windows 98 and Windows Me networks.

  1. Close all programs.

  2. From the Windows system tray, click Start , select Settings , and click Printers .

  3. Double-click the Add Printer icon.

  4. In the Add Printer Wizard, click Next .

  5. Select Network printer , and click Next .

  6. Type the network share name in Network path or queue name (for example, \\computer_name\printer_share_name), and click Next .

  7. Click Have Disk .

  8. Click Browse .

  9. In the Open dialog box, select the CD-ROM drive, select the appropriate .INF file, and click OK .

  10. Select the HP LaserJet 1150 or HP LaserJet 1300 printer drive r from the list, and click Next .

  11. To change the default printer name, type the new name in Printer name.

  12. Click Next .

  13. Select Yes , and click Finish . A test page prints verifying that the printer is set up properly.

Installing on Windows 2000 networks

Use the following steps to install a shared printer on Windows 2000 networks.

  1. Close all programs.

  2. From the Windows system tray, click Start , select Settings , and click Printers .

  3. Double-click the Add Printer icon.

  4. In the Add Printer Wizard, click Next .

  5. Select Local printer , clear the Automatically detect and install my Plug and Play printer checkbox, and click Next .

  6. Select Create a new port, select Local Port from the Type drop-down list, and click Next .

  7. In the dialog box displayed, type the new port name (for example, \\computer_name\printer_share_name), and click OK .

  8. Select Use the following port , select the port name just created from the list, and click Next .

  9. Click Have Disk .

  10. Click Browse .

  11. In the Open dialog box, select the CD-ROM drive, select the appropriate .INF file, and click Open .

  12. Click OK .

  13. Select the HP LaserJet 1150 or HP LaserJet 1300 printer driver from the list, and click Next .

  14. To change the default printer name, type the new name in Printer name .

  15. Click Next .

  16. Click Next .

  17. Click Yes , and click Next .

  18. Click Finish . A test page prints verifying that the printer is set up properly.

Installing on Windows XP networks

Use the following steps to install a shared printer on Windows XP networks.

  1. Close all programs.

  2. From the Windows system tray, click Start , and click Control Panel .

  3. Double-click Printers and Other Hardware .

  4. Click Add a printer .

  5. In the Add Printer Wizard, click Next .

  6. Select Local printer , clear the Automatically detect and install my Plug and Play printer check box, and click Next .

  7. Select Create a new port , select Local Port from the Type drop-down list, and click Next .

  8. In the dialog box displayed, type the new port name (for example, \\computer_name\printer_share_name), and click OK .

  9. Select Use the following port , select the port name just created from the list, and click Next .

  10. Click Have Disk .

  11. Click Browse .

  12. In the Open dialog box, select the CD-ROM drive, select the appropriate .INF file, and click Open .

  13. Click OK .

  14. Select the HP LaserJet 1150 or HP LaserJet 1300 printer driver from the list, and click Next .

  15. To change the default printer name, type the new name in Printer name.

  16. Click Next .

  17. Click Next .

  18. Click Yes , and click Next .

  19. Click Finish . A test page prints verifying that the printer is set up properly.

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Troubleshooting the print server

Installed print server stops working

If a network printer has been successfully installed, but printing is no longer possible, the problem might be related to Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP).

In a DHCP environment, a DHCP server allocates IP addresses as computers and printers on the network need them. DHCP-supplied addresses are dynamic and might cause problems for computers and printers, which expect IP addresses to be static.

If the print server acquired its IP address by means of DHCP, the IP address might have changed after the printer was set up. In this case, the printer is no longer available to the network. HP recommends configuring the print server with a static IP address.

NOTE: Consult a network administrator before changing the IP address for the print server. Be sure to notify other users of any changes.

Use the following steps to assign a static IP address:

  1. Open a Web browser and type the current IP address for the print server as the URL.

  2. Click the Networking tab.

  3. In the TCP/IP section, change the configuration method to Manual .

  4. Type a new IP address in the IP address box.

    NOTE: The connection to the embedded Web server is lost when the IP address is changed. To reestablish the connection, type the new IP address in the browser URL field.

Print server status light

The status light on the back of the print server can indicate problems with the print server. Use the following table to interpret the print server status light.

Light behavior
Description
Off
The print server is not receiving power.
On (solid green)
The print server is on and ready.
Blinking slowly (amber)
An error occurred during a self-test or during operation. Disconnect and reconnect the print server. If the problem still exists, reinstall the print server software.
Blinking slowly (green)
The print server is receiving power, but it is not ready, or a self-test might be in progress. Wait for the light to turn solid green.
The print server might have lost its connection to the network. Check the 10/100 link lights, which are located near the network connection. If the 10 and 100 link lights are both off, there is no network connection.
Blinking quickly (green)
The print server is processing the configuration page. Wait until the configuration page finishes
Flashing intermittently (green)
The print server is on and ready, and there is activity on the network.

Restoring the factory default settings

After the HP print server has been configured, the configuration settings are retained in memory unless they are manually reset to factory defaults using the following procedure.

  1. Make sure that the printer is turned on.

  2. Unplug the print server from the printer.

  3. While holding down the Test button on the print server, plug the print server back into the printer. Continue to hold down the Test button for approximately three seconds.

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Ordering network accessories

The following table lists the print servers that are available for the printers. To order, visit one of the following Web sites:

Type
Item and description
Part number
10/100 networking and wireless print servers - HP LaserJet 1150 printer
HP Jetdirect 175x Fast-Ethernet external print server (value line, USB port)
J6035B
HP Jetdirect 310x Fast-Ethernet external print server (full featured, USB port)
J6038A
HP Jetdirect 380x 802.11b wireless external print server (full featured, USB port)
J6061A
HP Jetdirect WP110 802.11b wireless print server (value line, parallel port)
J6062A
Bluetooth wireless printer adapter for parallel port printers
MPIPA330
10/100 networking and wireless print servers - HP LaserJet 1300 series printer
HP Jetdirect 200m Fast-Ethernet print server for LIO peripherals (value line)
J6039B
HP Jetdirect 250m Fast-Ethernet LIO print server (full featured)
J6042B
HP Jetdirect 280m 802.11b wireless LIO print server (full featured)
J6044A
HP Jetdirect 175x Fast-Ethernet external print server (value line, USB port)
J6035B
HP Jetdirect 310x Fast-Ethernet external print server (full featured, USB port)
J6038A
HP Jetdirect 380x 802.11b wireless external print server (full featured, USB port)
J6061A
HP Jetdirect WP110 802.11b wireless print server (value line, parallel port)
J6062A
Bluetooth wireless printer adapter for parallel port printers
MPIPA330

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