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Connecting an HP LaserJet to the iSeries

I'm using a HP LaserJet 3030. I would like to use the printer to my iSeries. What's the best method to follow?
The two most important details to configure correctly when connecting an HP LaserJet (or any ASCII) printer are that you correctly identify the printer to the iSeries via a WorkStation Customization Object and that you use the correct port on the iSeries printer device description. When you issue the "create printer device" command (CRTDEVPRT) make sure you choose the port as recommended by IBM:
 
 LAN attachment . . . . . . . . . > *IP           *LEXLINK, *IP, *USRDFN       
 Port number  . . . . . . . . . . > 9999          0-65535                      
 Online at IPL  . . . . . . . . .   *YES          *YES, *NO                    
 Font:                                                                         
   Identifier . . . . . . . . . . > 11            3, 5, 11, 12, 13, 18, 19... 

Choose the correct manufacturer type and model information:

 
 Manufacturer type and model  . .                                          
 Paper source 1 . . . . . . . . .   *MFRTYPMDL    *MFRTYPMDL, *LETTER...   
 Paper source 2 . . . . . . . . .   *MFRTYPMDL    *MFRTYPMDL, *LETTER...  
This information (for HP printers) can be found here.

For general information about connecting ASCII printers to the iSeries, click here.

This was first published in November 2005

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