Locally Shared

In the locally shared configuration, the printer is connected directly to the parallel port of a selected computer on the network. The printer can then be shared by other users on the network through a Windows network printer connection.

The advantages of a locally shared printer are relatively easy installation and low cost since no additional hardware or software is required.

The disadvantages of a locally shared printer involve reduced performance of the PC to which the printer is attached, lack of printer status information at all network computers, and location of the printer. Depending on priority settings and number of users on the network, the host computer may slow down while handling print jobs and print jobs may be delayed for other users. Additionally, only the user of the host computer can receive media and pen status messages. Locally shared printers must also be situated near the host computer which may not be convenient for all users on the network. Finally, if the host computer is turned off or rebooted, print jobs may be lost or not printed.

Network Connect

In the network connect configuration, the printer connects to the network via direct attachment to an external print server such as HP JetDirect EX Plus, 150X or EX Plus3. This configuration provides increased performance, location flexibility and better status information.

As shown in the table below, newer versions of HP JetDirect EX Plus, 150X, and EX Plus3 print servers provide optimum printer-related status messages. If using an older print server, you may wish to upgrade the firmware (flash memory). To determine the firmware version and upgrade information for your HP JetDirect EX Plus, EX Plus3 print server, refer to your HP JetDirect Software Installation guide. The HP JetDirect 150X was not designed to provide this upgrade capability.

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