How to print on HP JetDirect Box matrix printer

November 22, 2012 at 05:39:15
Specs: Windows XP Prof., AMD Athlon X2 Dual Core QL-64; 2.10 GHz; 2,74 GB of RAM
The JetDirect Box isnt't attached to a PC but directly plugged into the network. Our customer can't find the installation CD or a manual of the device. Is there a command to send text files to the printer?
We have installed the Unix-Printservice and know the IP of the printer.
But as we don't have a queue name, we can't use the lpr.exe command. Can anyone help?

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#1
November 22, 2012 at 06:09:21
Can you download the drivers from the internet?

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#2
November 22, 2012 at 06:17:40
We're looking for a driver and/or manual, not easy to find.
But where do we have to install the driver (if we find one), the printer isn't attached to a PC, as I have said.

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#3
November 22, 2012 at 07:27:18
I've worked with a few JetDirect boxes in the past. If you know the unit's IP address, try connecting to that through a web browser to manage the device.

If the devce is working (ie: you can ping the IP from a remote computer) then you can connect your printer to it and once that's done correctly, you can then install the printer on computers and print to it.

What exaclty is the issue you're having?

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#4
November 28, 2012 at 06:35:20
Thank you Curt,
your answer that we can configure the JetDirectBox via web browser is helpful. We will try that tomorrow.

The problem: our customer wants to print listings on his matrix printer (which hasn't been used for some time and in the meantime the network has been changed). The application which creates the listings will issue such a command:

lpr -S IP-Adress -P Queuename -J %FILE% >lprout.log 2>lprerror.log

(with lpr.exe from the UNIX-Printservice) or perhaps another command-line command.
The command is saved in the database. The application replaces %FILE% by the filename of the listing when the command is sent to the printer.
Our problem with this command is, that it needs a queuename and we don't know how to get or assign it.


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#5
November 28, 2012 at 07:58:15
That I can't help you with.

If I'm not mistaken, lpr is a linux command. You might want to take that particular question to our Linux forum and ask it there.

I know a little Unix/Linux, but not enough to help you with that question.

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#6
November 28, 2012 at 08:54:05
Once you logon to the jetdirect card and give it a name you have your queue name. That should complete all the info you need for the lpr command to work.

though I would see about dropping the log files part. That is just going to eat up disk space and isn't needed until there is a problem.

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#7
November 29, 2012 at 06:37:34
Thank you,
wanderer, you're right, the log-Files are superfluous.
The JetDirect Box is configured now (from a web client on a XP Workstation), the UNIX-Printservice lpr is installed, but the matrixprinter won't print.

Not with the lpr command, and a copy to printer command doesn't work either. There are XP and Windows 7 Professional Workstations in the network.
The customer has searched the web about the JetDirectBox, didn't find anything about it in connection with these operating systems, only with Win98, WinNT and Windows 2000. Seems it might be incompatible. Does anyone know?


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#8
November 29, 2012 at 07:15:56
I would use the model number off the unit to research it. It sounds to me like this is a rather old, and out of date device that probably won't be compatible with XP or Windows 7. I would think it should work with Unix/Linux though because they've been around a while.

You might try contacting HP support directly and ask them how to get it working with Unix/Linux.

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#9
December 7, 2012 at 11:21:14
Is it a Unix box that's doing the printing or a Windows box? Can you install the printer on the computer doing the printing using the queuename or IP of the printer?

Can your customer print to the device by connecting it directly to a computer to eliminate the printer as a defective unit?


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#10
December 10, 2012 at 08:13:02
Thank you all, finally our customer can print with the JetDirectBox connected to a PC.

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