Networking Connectivity
Intel® NetportExpress™ PRO and PRO/100 Print Servers
Setup as a Remote Printer on HPUX 9.x or 10.x

These instructions are valid for all NetportExpress™ PRO and PRO/100 print server models. In these instructions, the phrase NetportExpress™ PRO print server refers to all of these print server models.

NOTE: All UNIX commands are case sensitive. The correct case is used in the steps below.

I. Attach the hardware

  1. If using the internal model of the NetportExpress™ PRO print server, install the card in the printer. Plug the network cable into a known good network drop and then power on the printer.

    If using the external model, plug your NetportExpress™ PRO print server into a known good network drop. Plug in the power cable and the printer.

  2. Use the diagnostics button on the NetportExpress™ print server to verify communications between the NetportExpress print server, the printer and the network.

    NOTE: The diagnostics page will only print to printers attached to LPT1 at this time. For the multi-port print server models, this is an option which can be changed using the NetPort Manager software.

II. Configure your NetportExpress™ PRO or PRO/100 print server with an IP address You have the option of using the NetPort Manager software 4.33, 4.40, or the arp command in conjunction with telnet to configure the NetportExpress PRO print server for IP printing. Instructions for using each are provided. Choose the method that best fits your environment.

Using arp and telnet to configure the print server

  1. This step is not necessary if an IP address has already been assigned to the print server. If you are uncertain, refer to the diags printout. The IP address information is displayed under the Protocol Status section of the page.

    From a prompt on the UNIX server, type:

      arp -s <ip address> <network address> temp
      where <ip address> is the IP address you wish to assign to the print server
      where <network address> is the network address which appears on the diagnostics printout or which can be read from the underside of the print server. Use a ":" after every two characters.

      Example: arp -s 123.123.123.123 00:A0:C9:12:34:56 temp

  2. Telnet to the print server to configure the default gateway address, subnet mask and the hardware ports.

    From the UNIX server, type:

      telnet <ip address>
      at the prompt for the user id: root
      at the prompt for the password: <enter key>

  3. Use option 1 to further configure the IP addressing or change the IP address currently assigned to the print server.

  4. For the external print server models, use option 2 for selecting the appropriate settings for each printer. Set the centronics speeds as outlined:

    • For any dot matrix parallel printers, for laser printers at or below the level of an HP* III and for inkjet printers, select the Slow speed setting.
    • For most other printers, select the Medium speed setting.
    • For high speed printers, select the Fast speed setting.

  5. If a dot matrix printer is attached to a parallel port, be sure the Autolinefeed option displays [Off]. This will prevent the printer from double line-feeding your text.

  6. If you will be attaching a serial printer to your NetportExpress™ print server, make any necessary changes to the Serial Port settings area. Each serial setting must exactly match the settings on the printer.

  7. Continue with Section III, Configure the NetportExpress™ PRO print server as a remote printer on your HPUX server.

Using NetPort® Manager version 4.33 to configure the print server

  1. If you have not already done so, install the NetPort® Manager software onto a Windows* workstation. You must use NetPort Manager release 4.x to configure any of the NetportExpress® PRO print server models. You must also run the software on a Windows workstation which is running NetBEUI as the default protocol.

  2. Start the NetPort Manager program. The NetportExpress print server will be displayed in the left column.

  3. Highlight the NetportExpress™ print server which needs to be configured, and then press the Configure Hardware button. Assign an alias name if you would like. The alias name is a name to use instead of the PRxxxxxx identifier.

  4. For the external print server models, use the lower half of the screen to set appropriate printer settings for each printer. Set the centronics speeds as outlined below. Do not enable bi-directional communications unless the printer is capable of using this setting.

    • For any dot matrix parallel printers, for laser printers at or below the level of an HP III and for inkjet printers, select the Low speed setting.
    • For most other printers, select the Medium speed setting.
    • For high speed printers, select the High speed setting.

  5. For any dot matrix printers, be sure there is no checkmark in the Autolinefeed box. This will prevent the printer from double line-feeding your text.

  6. For the multi-port print server models, if you will be attaching a serial printer to your NetportExpress™ print server, make any necessary changes to the Serial Port settings area. Each serial setting must exactly match the settings on the printer.

  7. Press the Save button.

  8. Press the Configure Print Services button. Select UNIX & SNMP and press the Configure button.

  9. The Location and Contact fields are optional reference fields.

  10. If you wish to manually assign an IP address to your NetportExpress™ print server, place a checkmark in Manually Assign IP Address in the IP Resolution Options area on the right side of the screen. If this option is not available, remove the checkmarks from other items in this area first. You can then enter the address in the NetPort server IP entry area. Modify the Subnet Mask and Default Gateway as appropriate for your network.

  11. Most installations can disregard the SNMP Communities and SNMP Traps tabs. If your environment requires specific settings, use these screens as necessary.

  12. Press the Save button to exit the UNIX and SNMP screen.

  13. Press the Close button to exit the Configure Print Services screen.

  14. Wait 1 to 2 minutes for the NetportExpress print server to save the configuration.

  15. Use the Status button from the Main Menu of the NetPort® Manager software to verify the information you have configured is correct.

    NOTE: The status screen will always display several hardware settings as "Not configured." This is normal. These are other possible ways in which the print server may be configured. Your status screen may also display NetBIOS: Running. This is also normal.

  16. Continue with Section III, "Configure the NetportExpress™ PRO print server as a remote printer on your HPUX server".

Using NetPort® Manager version 4.40 to configure the print server

  1. If you have not already done so, install the NetPort® Manager software onto a Windows workstation. Until the print server has been configured with a valid IP address, NetBEUI needs to be the default protocol at this workstation in order to access the configuration screens for the print server.

  2. Start the NetPort Manager program. The NetportExpress™ PRO print server will be displayed in the right side of the screen.

  3. Click with the right mouse button on the NetportExpress PRO print server which needs to be configured, and then select the Device Properties option from the pull down menu. Assign a name to your NetportExpress PRO print server if you would like to. The alias name is a name to use instead of the PRxxxxxx identifier.

  4. For the external print server models, use the Port tabs across the top of the screen to match the port settings to the attached printer(s). Refer to the speed recommendations on the right side of each port screen for the parallel ports. If using a serial printer, configure each serial setting to match the serial printer which will be attached to it.

  5. Click the OK button to return to the Main Menu.

  6. Click with the right mouse button on the print server again. Select Configure Print Services and then TCP/IP and SNMP.

  7. Click the option to Specify an IP Address if it is not already selected. Enter the address in the NetPort server IP entry area. Modify the Subnet Mask and Default Gateway as appropriate for your network.

  8. Most installations can disregard the SNMP Communities and SNMP Traps tabs. If your environment requires specific settings, use these tabs as necessary.

  9. Click the Ok button to exit the UNIX and SNMP Configuration screen.

  10. Wait 1 to 2 minutes for the NetportExpress PRO print server to save the configuration.

  11. Double click the print server with the left mouse button. This will bring up the Status screen so that you can verify the information you have configured is correct.

  12. Continue with Section III, "Configure the NetportExpress PRO print server as a remote printer on your HPUX server".

III. Configure the NetportExpress PRO print server as a remote printer on your HPUX server

  1. On the UNIX host system, add an entry into the /etc/hosts file for the NetportExpress PRO print server.

  2. Start SAM (System Administration Manager).

  3. Select Printers/Plotters.

  4. Select Action from the menu.

  5. For each printer on the NetportExpress PRO print server, select Add a remote printer and fill out the required fields as follows:

    1. Printer Name: The name of the queue you wish to create.

    2. Remote System: The name associated with the NetportExpress PRO print server in the /etc/hosts file.

    3. Remote Printer: Must be either one of the following:

    • LPT1_PASSTHRU for most print jobs with the printer attached to parallel port 1 of the external model or for the internal model
    • LPT2_PASSTHRU for most print jobs with the printer attached to parallel port 2 of the multi-port model
    • COM1_PASSTHRU for most print jobs with the printer attached to the serial port of the multi-port model
    • LPT1_TEXT for print jobs that need to have a CR added to LF's with the printer attached to parallel port 1 of the external model or for the internal model
    • LPT2_TEXT for print jobs that need to have a CR added to LF's with the printer attached to parallel port 2 of the multi-port model
    • COM1_TEXT for print jobs that need to have a CR added to LF's with the printer attached to the serial port of the multi-port model

  6. Use the LP command to print to the Printer Name you defined in step 5a.

Reported issue: The remote printer configuration will not print multiple copies of a document. If multiple copies are needed, the job will need to be sent to the printer once per each copy requested. If multiple copies are often required, the use of the proinstall script is recommended for your printer configuration.

This applies to:

Intel® NetportExpress™ PRO and PRO/100 Print Servers



Solution ID: CS-011597
Last Modified: 13-Nov-2009
Date Created: 19-May-2004
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