The HP Jetdirect print server can be configured with Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) addresses from most printers that have a control panel. The address can be changed from the default TCP/IP (usually 184.108.40.206 or 169.254.x.x) or from any previous configuration by following the steps below. Take note of the following:
- There are at least two styles of printer control panels - "Classic" and "Flex". Classic control panels typically have Menu and Item buttons; Flex control panels have a check mark button and arrow buttons and/or a numeric keypad. While this complicates things in an environment with many different types of HP printers, the basic navigation concepts apply: the HP Jetdirect configuration is usually found on a "configuration' menu and since it is an I/O port on the printer, usually on an I/O or EIO menu. The submenus are also typically the same - items for the various protocols will be available as well as items for features such as DHCP release/renew, security features, etc. Some printers can print a Menu Map to show what is available.
If the printer, such as the HP LaserJet 2200 or the HP Color LaserJet 2500, does not have a front-control panel, the HP Jetdirect can be configured using it's embedded web server. Print a Configuration page to find the IP address, then type the IP address in a web browser as you would a URL.
The HP Jetdirect can usually be reset to factory defaults (cold reset) by turning off the printer, holding the GO or ONLINE button on the front-control panel of the printer, then turning on the printer while continuing to hold the button on the control panel for at least five seconds.
To enter the TCP/IP configuration menu on some printers, change the CFG NETWORK= menu item to YES, and press the SELECT to put an asterisk next to YES.The CFG NETWORK= item is a toggle, not a permanent setting. Changing it to YES allows the settings to be changed at that time. It will appear as CFG NETWORK = NO each time this menu is accessed.
Below is a list of configurable TCP/IP parameters and steps to configure them using the front panel. Each family of printers groups the steps.