How do I network an HP Laserjet 2600n ?

  BigAl127 13:16 22 Sep 2005

I have 2 computers, both with only one Lan Port, which are currently being used for internet access.

I have now purchased the HP Laserjet 2600n printer, which has a USB Connection, and an ethernet connection.

I want to be able to set-up the printer (so it's networked with an IP address) so I can print directly, no matter which base unit is in use.

Currently i'm setup on the USB connection, and have to swap the USB lead to the system i'm using.

I hope the above makes sense, and would appreciate any help or advice.

  alan227 16:50 22 Sep 2005

If you are using XP.
To share the printer, I opened the Printers and Faxes folder on the computer that was connected to my printer.

To open the Printers and Faxes folder

Click Start and then click Control Panel.

Click Printers and Other Hardware, and then click Printers and Faxes.

In the Printers and Faxes folder, I clicked the printer's icon and, in the tasks pane, I clicked Share This Printer.

I opened the printer's Properties dialog box, and clicked on the Sharing tab.

I clicked Share Name, and then clicked OK.

That's it—the printer was immediately available for other computers to use.

Now that I had a network printer, I was ready to connect to it and print from other computers on the network.

To connect to the printer

I opened Control Panel, and clicked Printers and Other Hardware.

I clicked Add a Printer.

Instead of adding a local printer, though, I clicked Printer Connection and then browsed the network for the printer.

The whole process took less than a minute before I was printing to the network printer as though it was connected to the computer.

  BigAl127 22:56 22 Sep 2005

Hi Alan227

I'm more concerned with how I make the physical connections between the printers ethernet socket and the base units.

Each base unit only has one ethernet port, and they are used for the internet connections.

  mgmcc 00:13 23 Sep 2005

<<< Each base unit only has one ethernet port, and they are used for the internet connections. >>>

What are the PCs actually connecting to - a "router"? If so, then the printer would also connect by ethernet cable to one of the router's LAN ports.

If the PCs are connecting directly to one another by crossover cable with "Internet Connection Sharing" enabled in a Host PC, then you would need to replace the crossover cable with a network hub/switch and connect the two PCs and printer to this (with "straight-wired" cables).

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