As the leader in network printing, HP recognizes the tremendous growth in networks using the TCP/IP protocol. The HP Jetdirect print servers have several methods for sharing printers in a TCP/IP environment. In most UNIX operating systems, the company that writes the operating system provides the software solution. HP provides software that can be used with certain versions of Solaris, HP-UX, and Linux.
note:The following Embedded Print Servers are not supported in a UNIX or Novell environment:
Printer Embedded Print Server Model HP Color LaserJet 3000dn Q7535A HP Color LaserJet 3000n Q7534A HP Color LaserJet 3600dn Q5988A HP Color LaserJet 3600n Q5987A HP Color LaserJet 3800dn Q5983A HP Color LaserJet 3800dtn Q5984A HP Color LaserJet 3800n Q5982A
Many Unix and Linux operating systems have some sort of utility or some sort of third-party support for printing over a network. A search on the Internet for a particular operating system will usually find a variety of solutions either from the company that writes the operating system or from a 'third-party' company. Thus, rather than provide misinformation, the table below may simply read, "Refer to their web site", since there may be several web sites that provide software solutions. (As is common, many web sites change, move, or are simply deleted.) Also, if a particular operating system is not listed in the table below, simply search the Internet for the operating system and for printing information for the operating system.
A common method of printing with TCP/IP that supports the broadest base operating systems, including Windows, HP-UX, Solaris, and Apple Macintosh, is LPD (Line Printer Daemon). LPD refers to the protocol and programs associated with line printer spooling services. LPD can usually be configured using software packages or utilities that ship with the particular operating system. Click here for basic LPD configuration steps.
HP Software utilities
HP Web Jetadmin software can be used with certain versions of Solaris, HP-UX, and Linux, as well as Windows NT, 2000, and XP. See the table below or click here for more HP Web Jetadmin information.
HP software is developed for specific operating systems and prints to a specific TCP/IP port on the HP Jetdirect - port 9100. (Port numbers 9101 and 9102 are used for parallel ports 2 and 3 on the three-port HP Jetdirect external print servers.) However, the port that is created by the software can be configured for different port numbers to accommodate special applications.
Besides HP Web Jetadmin HP is working in the open source community to bring great open source printing to the Linux platform.Click here for other Linux printing solutions and information from HP. Also there are third-party solutions, such as CUPS, LPRng, PDQ, etc., available by searching the Internet.