A technology blog for The Economist Group IT team

Thursday, November 27, 2003

Mobile printing

From HP. This is a neat fix for those of you that have a notebook and move around offices. It allows you to enter the IP address of the printer you want to use rather than using a print queue (Novell or whatever). As an IT Pro pointed out I could just install the most basic HP PCL driver and probably get away with that after setting up a port on my machine (one for each printer), but this works for any HP printer without you needing to do any of that and it saves nicknames for each printer used.

The tricky part is finding the IP address of the printer. On an HP 4000 you need to:

  • press [Menu] to get the "Information Menu", then

  • press [Item] until you see "Print Configuration", then

  • press [Select]

  • to print the printers config (which has the IP address on it)
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