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Can I connect the printer directly to my laptop using ethernet cable

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Instead of using a USB cable, I want to connect the printer, through an ethernet cable ,directly to my printer. Can I do this? Should I still setup a printer server? And, will I be able to use all printer functions by doing this?

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Hi! If the computer is connected to an HP All-in-One on a network, you can access the Embedded Web Server that resides in the HP All-in-One. The Embedded Web Server is a web-based user interface that provides some options not available on the HP All-in-One control panel, including advanced network security options. The Embedded Web Server also enables you to monitor status and order printer supplies. For information on how to use the features available in the Embedded Web Server, see the onscreen help within the Embedded Web Server. To access Embedded Web Server help, open the Embedded Web Server, then click the Help link under Other Links on the Embedded Web Server Home tab. NOTE: Only use the Embedded Web Server to change network settings if you cannot access the HP All-in-One control panel, or you need to change an advanced option not available on the control panel. Access the Embedded Web Server Use the following instructions to access the Embedded Web Server. You can only access the Embedded Web Server on a computer that is connected to an HP All-in-One on a network.

  1. Press Setup on the HP All-in-One.
  2. Press Can I connect the printer directly to my laptop us - c00706174.gif until Network is highlighted, then press OK . The Network Menu displays.
  3. Select View Network Settings menu, then press OK .
  4. Select Print Network Configuration Page , then press OK . A configuration page prints, including the IP address. You will use the IP address in the next step.
  5. In the Address box in the Web browser on the computer, type the IP address of the HP All-in-One, as shown on the network configuration page. For example, http://192.168.1.101 . The Embedded Web Server Home page displays, showing information for the HP All-in-One. NOTE: If you are using a proxy server in your browser, you might need to disable it to access the Embedded Web Server.
  6. If you need to change the language displayed in the Embedded Web Server, do the following:
    1. Click the Settings tab.
    2. Click Select Language in the Settings navigation menu.
    3. In the Select Language list, click the appropriate language.
    4. Click Apply .
  7. Click the Home tab to access device and network information, or click the Networking tab to access more network information or to modify network information.
  8. Make any configuration changes.
  9. Close the Embedded Web Server.
Good Luck!

Posted on Oct 24, 2008

  • Richard Sigrist Sep 13, 2011

    And what do you do if you are not using an All-In-One printer - just a simple LaserJet printer?

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