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Date:      Thu, 12 Apr 2012 03:14:15 +0200
From:      Polytropon <freebsd@edvax.de>
To:        "Edwin L. Culp W." <edwinlculp@gmail.com>
Cc:        freebsd-questions@freebsd.org
Subject:   Re: How to successfully enable HP LaserJet Professional m1212nf MFP,
Message-ID:  <20120412031415.85c349fd.freebsd@edvax.de>
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On Wed, 11 Apr 2012 14:17:01 -0500, Edwin L. Culp W. wrote:
> hpcups 3.12.2, requires proprietary plugin that seems to not be available
> in the HP site.  I have tried to get it using  hplip-3.12.2 with no
> success.  I have tried with both cups and hplip and can't get it going.
> Any suggestions appreciated.  Maybe the official hplip-3.12.4 might work
> but hasn't been updated yet.    I tried to compile it but wasn't able to
> adapt the patches.

I have checked the printer's specification, but I can't
find any mentioning about if it supports one of the
standard languages PS or PCL (as one would assume for
a product that HP markets as "Pro(fessional)"). However,
the documentation states that it accepts PDF - so maybe
you can try to feed a PDF file to the printer directly?
You can use nc (netcat) to do this, I assume you already
have the printer networked.

I'm not sure how the other functionality relates to the
network connection (or maybe it is only availabe for the
local USB connection?), check the documentation that came
with the printer to find out more.

For example, my Samsung color laser printer (MFC) has no
networking functionality, but is represented by /dev/ugen0
for the scanner part and /dev/u(n)lpt0 for the printer part.
Maybe something similar is possible with your printer?

I'm using that kind of setup with my HP Laserjet 4000 duplex,
a _real_ professional (office-class working horse) printer.
It's accessed per its IP and fed PS, which is the default
output format of any application that wants to print something.
The printer spooler is "inside the printer" and can be queried
via CUPS (and also by its command line tools).






> P.D. Is there a better way to use hp equipment than cups?

Yes, base system's printer spooler (lpr) that simply hands
the print jobs to the printer and manages them remotely.
This assumes the printer has its "internal print server"
(which should be normal for anything "professional"). CUPS
can also deal with that if needed, as more and more applications
rely on its presence.

Finally I _assume_ the printer sadly is not that professional
and doesn't support a lot of standards, depending on what I
found on this page:

http://h10010.www1.hp.com/wwpc/us/en/sm/WF06a/18972-18972-3328064-12004-3328083-3965847.html?dnr=1

Good luck anyway! :-)


-- 
Polytropon
Magdeburg, Germany
Happy FreeBSD user since 4.0
Andra moi ennepe, Mousa, ...



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