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Configuring HP Network printers

This is a quick explanation of how to use a Linux box to configure a new HP network printer.

  1. Get the printer's hardware/MAC address. The easiest way to do that is to print the configuration page.
  2. Add a static route for on the Linux box:
      route add -host eth0
  3. Add an arp table entry for that IP using the printer's hardware address:
      arp -s hardwareaddress
  4. You should now be able to telnet to and configure the printer through its built in menu system. Put in the IP address and remember to save the settings before exiting.
  5. Remove the arp table entry and route:
      arp -d
      route del -host