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Win95 FAQ Part 7 of 14: Networking
Section - 7.5. How do I print to HP JetDirect (TM) printers on the network?

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   Win95 includes a JetDirect service, which allows you to control and
   attach to printers with JetDirect cards installed. HP JetAdmin depends
   on IPX protocol, so install that as well.
   
   Once you install the JetAdmin service, you can print to the JetDirect
   printers like you could to any network print queue, but you cannot map
   a DOS LPT port to one. Read below, to learn how to create new DOS
   ports instead.

     * 7.5.1. JetDirect Port Aliasing, or How do I print from DOS
       programs to JetDirect Printers? 
       
   NOTE: HP has updated JetAdmin software that may take care of the need
   to use this dumb Alias Port Monitor. I urge you to get the latest
   JetAdmin update from HP's software support site at
   http://www.hp.com/cposupport/indexes1/win95s.html to get DOS
   session printing capability in "direct" mode. NOTE: This isn't needed
   if you use HP JetDirect printers via a NetWare or other print server.
   The alias monitor itself does have other uses, and you can get it from
   ftp://ftp1.hp.com/pub/networking/software/. One such
   example is 32-bit redirection to a disk file, or to another device.
   
   Originally I thought that MS's DLC protocol would allow for JetDirect
   access, as it did in Windows NT. Nope. I had the chance to attempt it
   myself and had to struggle with HP's Aliasing Port Monitor to
   make it work.
   
   Once you set up your JetDirect printer objects, install this dummy
   printer driver. This will install the capability to add "Alias
   Monitor" ports from printer properties. If you actually try to install
   the dummy printer to the end though, it will fail. The port capability
   will install correctly, however.
   
   Then, install a new Windows printer, identical to your existing
   JetDirect printer, except after you finish, change its port. From the
   new printer's properties, in its Details tab, select "Add Port". Among
   the Local Port choices, select "Alias Monitor". Type in a valid DOS
   port name (such as LPT3:), a descriptor for it, and the name of the
   existing Win95 printer object (like "HP DeskJet 1200C (MS)", exactly
   as it appears in the Printers window). Once this is done, whenever you
   print to this port, it will print to the Windows printer it points to.
   You can change this port's target or other properties from "Port
   Settings".
   
   One advantage of this, is you can make your computer the print spooler
   for it, and use a shorter share name (the share name
   \\HP_Network_Printers won't work with Win 3.1 apps or Win 3.1 printer
   drivers). Another advantage is you don't have to install JetAdmin on
   each and every computer, if you do re-share it.
   
   NOTE: This is only the beginning of HP's apathy towards Win95. Notice
   how they supply ONE driver set for Win 3.1 and for Win95? Notice how
   "You must use the SETUP program!" when you try to add the driver with
   Add Printer? Just what the hell is HP trying to do here? Of course,
   HP's newest DeskJet 1600 drivers don't work with JetDirect printers
   this way because they're written for Win 3.1 and don't recognize this
   long \\HP_Network_Printers share name. I suggest getting a
   Lexmark PS4079 if you want good colour printing AND Win95
   performance.
   

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Top Document: Win95 FAQ Part 7 of 14: Networking
Previous Document: 7.4. How do I run DOS TCP/IP or packet-driver apps in DOS sessions?
Next Document: 7.6. How do I use these cool networking features...

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