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Old 01-27-2005, 06:53 AM   #1
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Hey there,

I helped a friend set up her new HP 5100 11x17 mono laser printer last weekend. Unfortunately, she neglected to realise it didn't come with ethernet as standard. I temporarily attached a serial to usb cable, and it works fine, but she want to upgrade that. She's a book designer and churns out several hundred pages per week- so having a peppy printer is important.

HP recommended either of these:
615 N J6057A
620 N J7934A

Can anyone tell me which would be preferable, or if there are other cheaper alternatives out there?

Cheers!
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Old 01-27-2005, 05:40 PM   #3
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Looks like the 620n is the current model. For the 615n, you'd have to go rummaging through used gear.

I like having the internal print server (in my LJ 5000). It just seems tidier.

But another approach would be to get one of the little outrigger printer servers and connect the printer's parallel port to that box. Could be considerably cheaper. Dick would probably be able to give some guidance on relative performance.
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Oh- also forgot to include that she's mac based as well.
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Hey there,

I helped a friend set up her new HP 5100 11x17 mono laser printer last weekend. Unfortunately, she neglected to realise it didn't come with ethernet as standard. I temporarily attached a serial to usb cable, and it works fine, but she want to upgrade that. She's a book designer and churns out several hundred pages per week- so having a peppy printer is important.

HP recommended either of these:
615 N J6057A
620 N J7934A

Can anyone tell me which would be preferable, or if there are other cheaper alternatives out there?

Cheers!
I have no idea, myself, but have the older HP 5000N (the N meaning that it came with Ethernet built in). I take it she doesn’t have the option to add whatever board they include in the N model of her printer? It might be the safest way to go. Possibly also the most expensive, though.

   
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The cards he mentioned are the same as what you got built in.
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Once you get into networking the printer, it doesn't make much difference what computer you're using -- Windows PC, Mac, Linux box.

Either the internal print server or one of the separate boxes should work fine with a Mac.

Poked around a bit yesterday, and some of the externals (from companies like Linksys, for example) sell for prices well below $100. Seem to be a lot of units that use USB to connect to the printer. You have to look a bit harder to find ones that use a parallel port connection to the printer.
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Yes. It's silly expensive.
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The cards he mentioned are the same as what you got built in.
Thanks. I only know mine by name, not number!

What do these cards cost now? When I got my printer I really needed to run it on the network, but do remember that it was a hefty upcharge. (Not as steep as what Epson was asking for its printers, however — for my Epson I refused to ante up.)

   
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Yes. It's silly expensive.
John says the cards you mentioned are what I have in my printer. So what’s the difference between them?

I can probably find out what card is in mine (the printer will practically produce a book about its innards if I push the right buttons). But it is 4 or 5 years older than hers, so the numbers may be useless.

   
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