Yes, I do realise the last post on this thread was over 5 years ago but this thread is still relevant to users of the SMC Barricade SMC7004ABR and similar SMC Router/Print Servers from this era. This thread is also high up the list for Google searches of banner/job trailer extra page printing problems.
Following the installation of HP Universal Printer Drivers v 5.3.1 (1 July 2011) and selecting dynamic mode for my network printers I have been getting an extra blank page and banner/job trailer page for all printouts from the printer that is connected to the parallel printer port of my SMC7004ABR Router/Print Server.
The relevant background information is given below.
My SMC7004ABR Part no. 750.5432 had been working without a problem since I purchased it (used) about 3 years ago. I used it as a print server for my parallel port HP1100 Laserjet and as a 4 LAN port switch. I didn't use the WAN port as one of the LAN ports connects to my main router/modem. The HP1100 is also old but works fine, parts are available and re-manufactured toner cartridges have large capacity and are cheap.
I also have a HP Color Laserjet CP1518ni and a HP Laserjet 8100DN which were connected to the LAN ports of the SMC7004ABR.
All were working fine until I needed to install print drivers for my new netbook PC which uses Win7. The HP1100 was set up first as per the SMC manual with a Standard TCP/IP port and using the original (latest) Win2000/XP driver, this tested OK. The current HP driver on the support website for the CP1518ni and 8100DN is the HP Universal Printer Driver v 5.3.1 (1 July 2011). I installed the HP UPD and selected dynamic mode during installation, I used this driver just for the CP1518ni & 8100DN. These also tested OK. Unfortunately I didn't retest the HP1100.
I also have a number of desktop PC's connected to this network and I proceeded to 'upgrade' to the HP UPD on these while leaving the original HP1100/SMC7004ABR driver installation unchanged. One PC has Vista while the others have WinXP.
From this point on all my PC's when printing to the HP1100 via the SMC7004ABR printed the extra blank page and the banner/job trailer page with the large printout of the username and pcname with 'lpd: Job trailer Date:' at the bottom; two wasted pages per print.
The firmware in my SMC7004ABR – 750.5432 at this point was v1.41.010 (11-26-2002)
I installed the 'latest' firmware from SMC's USA support website which is still only v1.41.004 (03-19-2002). The result was the same, the two extra pages per printout and everything else worked.
The firmware was found here:
Following the tip from amaciver in this thread (3rd post):
I tried the v1.41.010 (04-04-2002) firmware for the SMC7008ABR – 750.5653 Again the result was the same, the two extra pages per printout and everything else worked. This last firmware upgrade was risky but my SMC7004ABR was about to get the flick if I couldn't fix the extra print problem.
I don't know if the v1.41.010 firmware for the SMC7004ABR – 750.5432 and SMC7008ABR – 750.5635 are the same or equivalent and the dates, as they appear in the router web interface after installation, are significantly different. I would like to test the v1.41.010 firmware (or newer) for the SMC7004ABR – 750.5432 but have not been able to find it.
Removing all HP printer drivers and TCP/IP ports from each PC and just installing the original HP1100/SMC7004ABR driver installation did not stop the extra page printing problem. I suspect the HP UPD installation in dynamic mode changed/updated some of the TCP/IP printing drivers in all of my PC's where I had installed it which in turn made SMC's 'inadequate' print server firmware produce the extra two pages per printout. I suspect this is therefore also a HP UPD problem whereby an uninstall does not return the TCP/IP printing drivers back to what they were. SMC are probably unlikely to do a firmware upgrade for such old hardware but should however make all their firmware revisions available for download, especially the more recent versions that we know were released to some but are currently not on their website.
I have since bypassed the problem by replacing my SMC7004ABR with a Netgear FR114P which prints to all my printers correctly without any printer driver changes at all being required. The Netgear FR114P is therefore compatible with the current HP UPD (note the HP UPD in my case is only used for LAN printers) and it allows old legacy parallel port printers to be used with current operating systems. I will be favouring Netgear over SMC for future hardware purchases.
I would still like to use my SMC7004ABR elsewhere as a parallel port print server and would like to know of a solution to this problem. I will post this to HP as well.