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Help for newbie on Printing

Postby weiwei » Sun May 06, 2007 1:41 pm

I am new to Linux, and just installed Linux Mint 2 days ago. Now try to get every thing working under Linux Mint.

1. I use a Sieman SpeedStream S 2614 router with printer server. This is a older style of router with printer server, as it can do not use IP address to access the printer port.

I look under window XP for it driver, it creates a port which points to routers IP address and then LPT1 for printing.

I tried to mimic the setup in Linux Mint Administrator ==>Printing, I setup a printer icon for my printer. Under Connection Tab,
1. I selected network printer, then TCP/SOCKET, HP jDirect, RawConnection
2. I typed in my router's IP address
3. on Port, system assign port 9100 by itself.

I have tried many different setting on port, but none of them work. I tried LPT 1, LPT #1, lpt1, LPT1.

But when I connect directly to the printer via Parallel cable, it prints fine. so the driver is not the issue here.

Please help.

thanks a lot

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Postby Husse » Sun May 06, 2007 2:10 pm

Welcome to Mint weiwei
This is a older style of router with printer server, as it can do not use IP address to access the printer port.

I do not understand. How is the printer connected to the router? What is the IP of the printer?
Which port number, is 9100 correct?

The administration for cups http://localhost:631/ in your browser may help you
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Re: Help for newbie on Printing

Postby scorp123 » Sun May 06, 2007 4:27 pm

weiwei wrote: look under window XP for it driver, it creates a port which points to routers IP address and then LPT1 for printing.
That's a virtual "LPT1:" port, not a real one.

weiwei wrote: I tried to mimic the setup in Linux Mint
Linux is not Windows :wink:

weiwei wrote: 1. I selected network printer, then TCP/SOCKET, HP jDirect, RawConnection
2. I typed in my router's IP address
3. on Port, system assign port 9100 by itself.
Sounds good.

weiwei wrote: I have tried many different setting on port, but none of them work. I tried LPT 1, LPT #1, lpt1, LPT1.
Linux is not Windows. Linux is not MS-DOS. Using MS-DOS device names in Linux is not very likely to work. Besides: "port" here means TCP/IP port. 9100 tcp is the standard target port for UNIX-style network printing.

weiwei wrote: But when I connect directly to the printer via Parallel cable, it prints fine. so the driver is not the issue here.
No, it's clearly your networking setup. Why not use the printer directly on the Linux computer? You can use Linux to share the printer on the rest of the network ... it's a server operating system after all :wink:

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Postby weiwei » Sun May 06, 2007 7:05 pm

scorp123, the whole purpose was to still able to use the printer server on the router, and the printer server on the router use virtue port. Under this condition, is it possible print to that router's print server?

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Postby scorp123 » Sun May 06, 2007 7:11 pm

weiwei wrote:Under this condition, is it possible print to that router's print server?
No idea, as I don't know that strange print server you have there :wink:

Given that printing works when you connect the printer directly to the parallel port ( /dev/lp0 ) you might have easier success if you follow my suggestion:
    - connect the printer to the Linux system
    - use CUPS (http://localhost:631) to share it
    - have all other computers print to this "new" printer
Alternative: Exchange your print server and use a device which is capable of standard UNIX-printing via TCP/IP and port 9100.

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Postby weiwei » Mon May 07, 2007 8:30 am

looks like time to retire the old router, and replace it with a TCP/IP based printer server. :lol:


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