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10.6: Get an HP print server working with Snow Leopard
Authored by: sjoerd on Nov 29, '09 11:49:23AM

The original hint works great - it helped me to get my LaserJet 6MP to work with a JetDirect 300X which I bought for 1 on ebay for this occasion.

However, getting a LaserJet 4 Plus with an Emulex NetJet card to work was quite a bit more challenging. Since the complete instructions to do that were nowhere to be found on the net, I'd like to document my findings here!

1. Setting the IP address of the printer

  • Find the IP address by printing a test page (can be done from a menu on the printer display).
  • Configure the Mac to be on the same subnet.
  • Telnet to the printer.
  • Press [enter]. Pressing ?[enter] will give a list of commands.
  • Type su[enter]
  • When asked for a password, try system. This is the default password.
  • Set a new IP address for the printer using:

    define server ip x.x.x.x (choose an address in your usual subnet)

  • Type sync[enter] (not sure if this is needed!)
  • Type logout[enter]
  • Restart the printer (wait 30 seconds before this, to be sure the new setting has been saved!).

The printer should now be configured with the new IP address. Check by printing a test page or by using ping or telnet to the new address.

2. Configuring LPD printing

  • Now add a new printer in system preferences. The protocol to be used is LPD, and for the Address type the previously chosen new IP address.
  • Most importantly: for Queue, type PASSTHRU. Any other queue name will not work!!! (Tested blank, auto, lp, lpt1).
  • Type a nice name for the printer, and select the appropriate printer driver.

Note: information about the Emulex NetJet can be found here:

The manual with the absolutely essential information about the name of the print queue is here:

The manual with all commands available when telnetting to the server is here:

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