HP Print Server with OpenSuse 11.1

I use OpenSuse 11.1, and the KDE desktop. I have a HP Photosmart 8250 printer connected by USB cable to a HP wireless G print server. I have HPlip 3.9.4b installed. How do I set this printer/print server up for use with Linux? I have the printer setup, and working by USB port, but I would like to eliminate the need to move the cable every time I need to print.

Usually hp are pretty good with linux support. Have you looked at their site?

I did look some. When I searched for the print server and Linux, I was directed to the Suse Enterprise section of HP’s website.

  • mwgraham

it should work the same way you’d setup a wired printserver connection. Try and run “hp-setup” and use the “network/ethernet/wireless” setup method.

Uwe

it should work the same way you’d setup a wired printserver connection. Try and run “hp-setup” and use the “network/ethernet/wireless” setup method.

I have tried this. It does not find it on the automatic search. I have also tried searching manually by typing in the IP address, and the print server name, and have had no luck.

On 05/10/2009 mwgraham wrote:
> I have tried this. It does not find it on the automatic search. I
> have also tried searching manually by typing in the IP address, and
> the print server name, and have had no luck.

Can you ping the IP?

Uwe

Can you ping the IP?

Yes. Average time appears to be about 1.6ms.

On 05/10/2009 mwgraham wrote:
> Yes. Average time appears to be about 1.6ms.

Just checking if the machine sees the printserver.
Try “hp-makeuri ip.of.the.printserver”

Uwe

Try “hp-makeuri ip.of.the.printserver”

I get the following “error: Device not found”

  • mwgraham wrote, On 05/11/2009 08:46 PM:
    >> Try “hp-makeuri ip.of.the.printserver”
    >
    > I get the following “error: Device not found”
    >
    >

Weird. If the firewall is up, please take it down.

Uwe

Weird. If the firewall is up, please take it down.

Same result with the firewall disabled.

  • mwgraham,

what’s the exact name of the printserver?

Uwe

Doesn’t CUPS come into play here? That is what always blocks my HP.

The printer server name is: HP 2101nw Wireless G USB Print Server

On 05/13/2009 mwgraham wrote:
> HP 2101nw Wireless G USB Print Server

Doesn’t look good:
https://answers.launchpad.net/hplip/+question/57827

I suggest you nag HP Tech support.

Uwe

I tried HP’s technical support. Their response was along the lines of: we don’t know anything about Linux, and aren’t going to give you any suggestions. Basically a response that I would expect from what I call a “bill gates-worshiper”.

I will try to open the ports suggested in the link you provided. If that doesn’t work, I suppose I’ll have to wait for future updates to HPLIP.

Thanks for the help.

On Mon May 18 2009 07:16 am, mwgraham wrote:

>
> buckesfeld;1987576 Wrote:
>> On 05/13/2009 mwgraham wrote:
>> > HP 2101nw Wireless G USB Print Server
>>
>> Doesn’t look good:
>> https://answers.launchpad.net/hplip/+question/57827
>>
>> I suggest you nag HP Tech support.
>>
>> Uwe
>
>
> I tried HP’s technical support. Their response was along the lines of:
> we don’t know anything about Linux, and aren’t going to give you any
> suggestions. Basically a response that I would expect from what I call
> a “bill gates-worshiper”.
>
> I will try to open the ports suggested in the link you provided. If
> that doesn’t work, I suppose I’ll have to wait for future updates to
> HPLIP.
>
> Thanks for the help.
>
>
mwgraham;

I use OpenSuse 11.1, and the KDE desktop. I have a HP Photosmart 8250
printer connected by USB cable to a HP wireless G print server. I have
HPlip 3.9.4b installed. How do I set this printer/print server up for
use with Linux? I have the printer setup, and working by USB port, but
I would like to eliminate the need to move the cable every time I need
to print.

I assume you have this printing through a Windows Machine. Have you tried
just sharing it on the Windows machine and then printing to it via a network
print to the Windows machine via Samba. A bit convoluted, but it should
work. I use XP machines as print servers on our network all the time. You
would, of course, need to be running the Windows machine in order to print.

OpenSuse–> XP → HP print server -->Photosmart.

P. V.
“We’re all in this together, I’m pulling for you.” Red Green

I assume you have this printing through a Windows Machine. Have you tried just sharing it on the Windows machine and then printing to it via a network print to the Windows machine via Samba. A bit convoluted, but it should work. I use XP machines as print servers on our network all the time. You would, of course, need to be running the Windows machine in order to print.

OpenSuse–> XP → HP print server -->Photosmart.

The only xp machine I have is a dual boot with the Opensuse computer. The other computer in the house has the misfortune of using vista. I will try running the printer through the vista, and let you know how it works.

One problem I can see with that is that vista regularly “forgets” the printer, and I have to reinstall the printer (despite the fact that it is still listed in the printers window in vista). I’ve been told that’s an HP problem, but I don’t have the issue with Opensuse or xp.

On Mon May 18 2009 10:16 pm, mwgraham wrote:

>
>> I assume you have this printing through a Windows Machine. Have you
>> tried just sharing it on the Windows machine and then printing to it via
>> a network print to the Windows machine via Samba. A bit convoluted, but
>> it should work. I use XP machines as print servers on our network all
>> the time. You would, of course, need to be running the Windows machine
>> in order to print.
>>
>> OpenSuse–> XP → HP print server -->Photosmart.
>
> The only xp machine I have is a dual boot with the Opensuse computer.
> The other computer in the house has the misfortune of using vista. I
> will try running the printer through the vista, and let you know how it
> works.
>
> One problem I can see with that is that vista regularly “forgets” the
> printer, and I have to reinstall the printer (despite the fact that it
> is still listed in the printers window in vista). I’ve been told that’s
> an HP problem, but I don’t have the issue with Opensuse or xp.
>
>
mwgraham;
This HowTo might help:
http://www.swerdna.net.au/linhowtosambaprint.html

An alternative would be to connect the printer to Linux via USB and share it
with VISTA via samba. You would need to configure the Samba server for this.
Swerdna has written other HowTos on this that might help:
http://www.swerdna.net.au/linux.html

VISTA → OpenSuse --(via USB)–>Photosmart

P. V.
“We’re all in this together, I’m pulling for you.” Red Green

Usually hp print servers have a built-in web server. Try typing the server ip address into a browser and see if it comes up.
If it does, you can use this to configure the server/printer.
Assuming you get browser connectivity, open yast2>printers and add a network printer.
Choose print via network. Now choose the option ‘Access printer or printserver box via …’
Choose TCP Port/AppSocket or JetDirect.
If you press the find button, it should find the printer on port 9100.
Just add the printer details and driver.

(This worked for me. Printing via another cups server connection on the network, didn’t work.)