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Old 03-01-2008, 08:30 PM   #1
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Printing to a network printer using Fedora Core.

I'm trying to print to a network printer from linux.

HP Photosmart D7460

Printer is connected to my linksys router. It says it's connected and ready to print. My linux computer is connected to the router too. The router has port 631 open for printing. My linux firewall has port 361 open.

I added a printer by selecting System->Administration->Printing, then selecting "New printer". For the wizard, I selected Internet Printing Protocol, typed in the hostname that my printer gave me, and listed the name of the printer as WirelessPrinter and clicked Forward. Then i went with the default "Printing_Protocol" name, left descrption blank and used the default "localhost.localdomain" for Location.

Printer shows up in the Printer configuration window, but whenever I test it or print with another program, the print job just hangs on pending. I also noticed that the state: enabled option gets unchecked automatically everytime I try to print.

I feel like I'm missing quite a few steps, but those are the only printing options I see.

Thanks for reading and for any help.

[Edit] Looking at the printer, it says you have to install something in windows to get it to print via a network. I'm starting to wonder if this is actually a network printer (IE, print server).

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Old 03-02-2008, 06:02 AM   #2
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It's not a _really_ network printer - you should use CUPS and a driver you could find on the offsite to make it working.
Old 03-02-2008, 06:05 AM   #3
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Use the proper tool for the task at hand;
Set the printer up as a JetDirect printer, supply the IP address of the printer and the port 9100.
AppSocket/HP JetDirect
Device URI://socket//

The printer is compatible to HP DeskJet 990C (hpijs) if your model number is not shown/known.
Old 03-02-2008, 12:50 PM   #4
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Thanks, that worked. But I'm still unsure how of a couple of things.

I used this:

If 9100 means socket 9100, how was it able to bypass my router and firewall? Also, is "socket://" a keyword for JetDirect protocol, or is it more of a general thing?

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Old 03-02-2008, 02:56 PM   #5
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The default JetDirect port is 9100 and "socket;/" is more of a general thing. So in other words, cups is printing directly to the HP JetDirect device at the TCP/IP address of using the default port of 9100.


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