trying to network a hp laserjet 4000 to a new router

July 25, 2012 at 10:48:50
Specs: Macintosh 10.7
I have HP laserjet 4000 tn. Had an old router and upgraded to a new wireless router, when connecting it to the new router, the port I connect to has the amber light come on. I have reset to factory setting thinking it would reset and capture a new ip address. still giving me problems. try connecting it to my macbook pro and cannot get a "fix" on the printer either. I know it has to do with the configuration of the printer. Help.


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July 25, 2012 at 10:57:00
The new router will have a default wireless encryption key (WEP or WPA key) which is not the same as the old router. You need to put that new wireless key into your printer by using the printer's wireless setup menu on it's LCD panel.

If you don't know the default wireless key and it's not printed on a sticker attached to the back of the router, open your router's configuration utility in any web browser and go to the wireless section. In your web browser, you need to type it's IP address into the address bar and press <Enter>. The IP address should be shown in the router's instruction manual.


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#2
July 25, 2012 at 11:01:44
Or its on the bottom.

I am a hardware guy not a software guy but i try to help.


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July 26, 2012 at 07:23:39
the port I connect to has the amber light come on

I would expect that. An HP LaserJet 4000 series will have a 100 Mbps network interface and that orange light on your router should be indicating a 100 Mbps connection.

I have reset to factory setting thinking it would reset and capture a new ip address.

You have to either enter the TCP/IP settings manually on your printer (recommended) or you will have to set it to DHCP. The network interface will not be set to DHCP by default, or be preconfigured with an IP address.

A typical SOHO Router will have a DHCP scope similar to the following:
192.168.0.100 to 192.168.0.199

I would use an IP not in the scope to configure the printer with. I'm using 192.168.0.10 on my 4000 series HP LaserJet at home. Using an IP outside the scope avoids possible duplicate IP issues.

One should always use static IP addresses for things like network printers or servers. If you used DHCP, it's possible the IP could change and then you'd have to reinstall the printer on all client PC's in your LAN.

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***


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