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Old 02-17-2007, 09:55 AM   #1
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Question BT Home Hub & USB Printer


Hi, I know nothing about networking but would really like to share my printer. I will be giving this laptop to a family member when I build a desktop next week, it would be great if we could both print to the same printer. I would be connected to the Hub via an Ethernet cable & the laptop would be using wireless.

I've a BT Home Hub that has a spare USB port, where I'd like to connect my HP845c Deskjet. I've seen a Windows guide here: http://www.wallaceit.co.uk/wit/article.aspx?id=80 and a similar forum question to mine here: http://hubbub.labs.bt.com/?pagename=viewpost&id=1246

My problem is that I have absolutely no network experience & no idea how to do that in Linux. A Linux translation for n00bs would be fantastic & any suggestions would be greatly appreciated

Thanks in advance,

Tony.
 
Old 02-17-2007, 11:33 AM   #2
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Those links are for windows!
I think that connecting your printer to the USB port on your router is going to make life complicated and frustrating for you.
My suggestion: connect the printer directly to your desktop.
Get it working with cups (Ubuntu is a bit different here - it doesn't work if you just http://localhost:631, you need to set it up from "systemSettings - > Printers").

Once it is working with cups, you can set up your desktop's /etc/cups/cupsd.conf so the printer is shared over your network. The laptop can then be allowed to use the printer. This works well for me.
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I know nothing about networking
Neither did I when I started, but I'm afraid you are going to have to learn something about networking! It's fun.
Here's the tutorial that got me up and running:

http://www.yolinux.com/TUTORIALS/Lin...etworking.html

However, it won't be easy to follow until you have at least 2 computers to play with, so I suggest you wait till you have your desktop up and running.

Then, start simply: Can you ping the other computer by IP address? Can you ping it by name? OK, now go ahead and set up your desktop as a cups printer server (lots of tutorials on the net).

Have fun.
 
Old 02-17-2007, 11:44 AM   #3
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Thanks for your quick reply.

I posted those links to show that it's possible, as many say it's not.
I've taken your suggestion on board & certainly wont rule it out. However, I wouldn't want to rely upon having the desktop switched on to print from the laptop.

Thanks again,

Tony.
 
Old 02-17-2007, 12:00 PM   #4
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OK, I understand your situation.
Your desktop would need to be switched on, but no one needs to be logged in (and you can also turn it off from the login menu, without first loggin in).

Looking at those (windows) instructions, you might try:
Plug the printer into the hub USB port. Plug the ethernet from the hub into your PC (You could try this now, with the laptop - the wireless connection to the hub should work fine). Turn on everything.
Go to "Printers" in linux. "Add Printer", tell CUPS it is a "Network Printer".
It'll probably go and find it, if not try telling cups that the printer is at 192.168.1.253 (which seems to be what the hub allocates to the USB port). See what happens.
 
Old 02-17-2007, 01:29 PM   #5
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I'd tried selecting 'Network Printer' & 'CUPS Printer (IPP)' & entered '192.168.0.253' as the URI to no avail. Is that what you meant, or am I missing something?

Thanks again,

Tony.
 
Old 02-18-2007, 06:03 AM   #6
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entered '192.168.0.253' as the URI to no avail.
From those windows posts, I think the address of the USB port of the router is 192.168.1.253
Last time I set up a networked printer (ethernet, not USB), there was an option in cups for it to search for the network printer, I let it do this, and it found it.
If it helps, the printer should be listening on port 9100, but I think cups is already aware of this.

If still no progress, and other people haven't managed to make this work, then you'll have to follow the suggestion in my first post.
 
Old 02-18-2007, 04:48 PM   #7
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Yeah that's what I tried, typo It didn't find it, & yes cups was trying port 9100.

I will follow follow your first suggestion for now.

Thanks for humouring me

Tony.
 
  


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