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By sgklein ·
I set up a star topology network: 4 Dell PCs with MS XP Pro, 1 HP 2200DN Laserjet w/NIC and a Netgear 8 Port Hub.

All the PCs are connected and the network is functioning. How do I configure the Laser printer to run directly from the hub througha patch cable and shared by the network? The network does not have a server. I currently have the printer connected to one of the PCs via USB. But I would like to be able to access the printer w/o having to always turn that particular computer on.
I have the IP address and subnet mask of the Laser NIC.

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by TechBro In reply to Networking a Printer

The solution requires two steps:
1) Verify the IP and subnet address of the NIC installed in the laser printer and change it if necessary. The subnet should be the same as the computers on your LAN, and the IP address should idealy be in the same range. (Not crucial for a small star, but helpful for keeping track).

2.) Since the printer is hooked directly to the LAN, each computer will need to be configured to print to it individually. On each machine, add a new printer, select the choice that indicates that the printer is attached to the network, and enter the printer's IP address. Then install the appropriate printer driver, and send a test print.

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by NetTek In reply to Networking a Printer

HP has software that allows you to configure your PCs to print directly to the printer using TCP/IP. Check out:
http://www.hp.com/cposupport/networking/support_doc/bpj05356.html
and
http://www.hp.com/cposupport/networking/support_doc/bpj06765.html
There should be no spaces in these links.

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by mcoya In reply to Networking a Printer

The very first thing you want to do is ensure connectivity. Ping the Printers IP address from each individual PC. If you are able to ping the problem is in the software. HP has software called jet direct which allows you to use the printer as a print server, make sure you install jet direct correctly. If you can't ping the printer you have a hardware/media problem.

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