asked May 15, 2011 at 5:30am
Hp HP LaserJet 4

HP 4+ over Ethernet

I have an old HP 4+ that I need to share on the network. I used to just share it from one of the workstations, but I have a new workstation there without a parallel port and it would be more convenient to share it on the network and have it available whether or not that workstation is on.

I remembered that HP had a network capable version of this printer and I see that there are still HP parts to either convert this printer to network by adding internal, or external adapters.

I also see that there are Parallel to Ethernet adapters that are cheaper and seem to be liked by the people that reviewed them. Like the: D-Link DP-301P+ 10/100TX 1-Centronic Port Print Server which is on Amazon for $54.99 or the TRENDnet 1-Port Parallel Print Server TE100-P1P for $39.58

Which of these solutions is the best? Most reliable? Easiest to manage?

Do any of these solutions truly make it a network printer where you have an ip address you can log into and manage the print jobs like my Xerox Network printer?


On the HP LaserJet 4+ I use the J2550 jetdirect card. It works great and yes it does have a IP address setting so you can connect it to your switch or router and have access to it without it shared from a computer.
by unknown on May 15, 2011 at 6:45am Add comment
If you want one of the original JetDirect cards, I have them. Click on my name to email me for pricing and ordering info.
by moe on May 15, 2011 at 7:58am Add comment