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HP LaserJet M2727 MFP Series - Available product configurations

Software features by connection type
The product can function in one of three installations:
  • As a standalone fax and copier that is not connected to a computer.
  • Directly connected to a computer. If the product is connected to a computer running Windows 2000, Windows XP, or Windows Vista, you can share the product with other network users for printing.
  • Connected to a network.
Although the product works in any of these connection configurations, some features are not available in certain configurations. The following table shows which features are available, depending on how you connect the product.
Software features by connection type
Feature or Function
Connected directly to computer (local user)1
Connected directly to computer, but shared with other users2
Connected to a network
Printing from the computer to the product
X
X
X
Faxing electronic documents from the computer (PC faxing)
X
X
Combining paper and PC-fax documents in a fax
X
X
Initiating a scan from the product
X
X
OCR software for converting scanned images to text documents that can be edited
X
X
Access through the software to the fax options
X
X
Access through the software to the product setup options and setup for speed-dial numbers
X
X
1Available through the computer that is directly connected to the product.
2Available to the other users who are using the network when Microsoft Windows sharing is enabled from the computer that is directly connected to the product. When the computer that is directly connected to the product is on a local area network (LAN), the product can be shared with other computers on the network. Users of the shared computers can only print from their computers to the product.
Supported configurations
Direct connection
In the direct (or local) configuration, the product is connected directly to the host computer with a USB cable. In this configuration, the product is not shared. A single user has complete physical control over the product. Most users are familiar with using peripherals that are directly connected to their computers. In this configuration, you have access to all of the product features.
Network connection options
The following networking options are available for the product:
Local connection that uses Microsoft peer-to-peer networking (Windows only)
Use Microsoft Windows to share a local printer over the network. The operating system handles all of the networking issues. The product prints in this configuration, but only the local computer can use the faxing and scanning functionality. Network faxing and scanning are not supported in this configuration.
Because Microsoft peer-to-peer networking is unidirectional, network users do not receive printer-status messages when printing to the product.
  note:
HP does not support vending drivers across operating systems that have different print-driver architectures, such as HP Traditional drivers and HP Unidrivers. To use a mix of operating systems, you must install an alternate printer driver and download the driver for the specific operating system.
Printer sharing disclaimer
HP does not support peer-to-peer networking, as the feature is a function of Microsoft operating systems and not of the HP printer drivers. Go to Microsoft at www.microsoft.com.
Networking requirements
The following features are required for the product to work on a network connection:
  • An installed network that uses the TCP/IP network protocol
  • A cable for your type of network connections (not included)
Multitasking capabilities
HP LaserJet products are designed to carry out multiple tasks simultaneously. You can initiate tasks when they are needed, without waiting.
The product performs multiple tasks such as printing, scanning, copying, faxing, and sending faxes directly from a computer (PC faxing). Depending on which functions are in use, the product can perform many functions at the same time. This high level of multitasking is made possible by the two separate paper paths in the product, a print paper path and a scan paper path. Additionally, these products feature at least 64 MB of memory that can efficiently manage multiple tasks, and a scan-ahead feature that quickly clears the scan paper path for subsequent jobs.
The following table shows which tasks the product can perform while another function is in use.
  note:
The product can perform multiple tasks when it is directly connected to a computer or when it is connected to a network. The fax and scan functions are not available when using a Windows sharing (peer-to-peer) connection.
Multitasking capabilities
If the product is:
You can:
Send a print job
Receive a paper fax
Send a paper fax
Receive a PC fax
Send a PC fax
Scan to the PC
Copy
Printing a file
Yes – Prints when the first print job ends
Yes – Prints when the first print job ends
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
No
Printing a paper fax
Yes – Prints when fax printing ends
Yes – Prints when the first job ends
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
No
Receiving a paper fax
Yes – Prints when fax printing ends
No – Telephone line is in use
Yes – Sends when the first fax job ends
No – Telephone line is in use
Yes – Sends when the first fax job ends
Yes
Yes
Sending a paper fax
Yes
No – Telephone line is in use
Yes – Sends when the first fax job ends
No – Telephone line is in use
Yes – Sends when the first fax job ends
Yes – if the scanner is not in use
Yes – if the scanner is not in use
Copying
Yes – Prints when copying ends
Yes – Prints when copying ends
Yes – if the scanner is not in use
Yes
Yes
Yes – if the scanner is not in use
Yes – Second copy begins when the first copy job ends
Sending a PC fax
Yes
No – Telephone line is in use
Yes – Sends when the first fax job ends
No – Telephone line is in use
Yes – Sends when the first fax job ends
Yes – if the scanner is not in use.
Yes
Receiving a PC fax
Yes
No – Telephone line is in use
Yes – Sends when the first fax job ends
No – Telephone line is in use
Yes – Sends when the first fax job ends
Yes
Yes
Scanning
No
Yes
No – The scanner is in use
Yes
Yes
No – The scanner is in use
No – The scanner is in use
Differences between the network-connected and the direct-connected configurations
On a network, you can perform nearly all of the functions as if the product were directly connected to the computer. The following are a few exceptions:
  • One-touch scanning with the Start Scan button on the control panel of the product is not supported on networked products. The Start Scan button on the control panel of the product starts the HP LaserJet Scan software on the computer in USB connections.
  • For network connections, initiating a scan from the product is turned off by default. You must turn on this function in the HP LaserJet Scan software for networked computers.
  • Entries that appear on the product include a host-name-abbreviation prefix for networked computers in order to differentiate among computers on the network.

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