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1st April 2008, 12:46 PM
I intend buying a printer similar to the HP 2015n laser, to connect to the network via the ethernet port. I am wondering, how does a ethernet-connected printer work?

Presumably it will acquire an IP address from the DHCP server. Then what? Does it need to have a driver installed on the server or be 'registered' just with CUPS on the server, or does it need to be manually set up in CUPS on each client PC? Also the supplier website says this printer is "suitable for up to 10 users" - is this merely a manufacturer marketing ploy or will there be some sort of 'lock' preventing more than 10 machines connecting?

Any help appreciated!

1st April 2008, 12:54 PM
Each client must be configured separately to use the network printer. You should set the printer to use a static IP address instead of DHCP, otherwise it may suddenly stop working when the IP address changes and all clients try to use the old address (this happened last week at my workplace).

1st April 2008, 01:09 PM
Make use of webmin !

1st April 2008, 01:30 PM
OK, in order to set the DHCP to issue the same static address to that printer, I'll need a MAC address - is this an easy feature to find on printers or likely to be troublesome??!?!

1st April 2008, 01:31 PM
You can also have DHCP assign the same 'static ip address' to your printer by assigning an ip address according to the mac address of the printer.

1st April 2008, 01:35 PM
You can usually find the mac address noted somewhere on the printer or look in the DHCP logs
for it when the server assigns an ipaddress. If you are using a store bought router/firewall then that will have a record of the mac address once it has been connected.

1st April 2008, 01:41 PM
OK, thanks all for your replies

1st April 2008, 02:26 PM
If your router doesn't allow fixing a static IP address to the printer's MAC address, try the following:

To set HP 2015 printer to use a static IP address you first need to log into it. By default it will use a DHCP address given out by your router. So you'll have to determine the IP address that it is given. If you hold down the green button on top of the printer for 5 seconds, a configuration page will be printed, including the network configuration with the IP address. To log into the printer enter the IP address into your browser.

Go to the Networking tab and change the setting to use a manual IP address
Enter the IP address you want to use

When you press 'Apply', you may well lose connection to the printer (as it is no longer at the address you originally typed into your browser. If you enter the new IP address in the browser - you should then be able to access the printer again.

Once you have an IP address for the printer (either static or via DHCP), configure the printer via CUPS. You don't need webmin for this.

The CUPS config page is http://localhost:631

The printer configuration app also configures printers for CUPS.

You should get the printer configured to send to:


and make sure the model you chose is as close to the model you actually have. The recommended options in the model list are usually the safest to use.

If you can print a test page to it, you can use it in the same way as locally connected printers. You can configure CUPS on any other machines that want to print to it, or configure their CUPS to print to the first machine's CUPS. That would make the originial machine a bit of a print server and require it to be on all the time.