Using the Embedded Web Server
Use the Deskjet printer embedded Web server (EWS) to do the following:
- Adjusting network configuration
- Configuring network security
- Restricting access to Configuration pages
- Checking printer status and estimated ink levels
- Viewing network statistics
- Linking to HP's Web site for support
- Ordering supplies
Preparing to open the EWS
Do the following two items before opening the EWS:
- Make sure that the printer and the computer are powered on and connected to the network. To access HP support through the EWS, the computer must be connected to the Internet.
- Print a Network Configuration page. Note the IP address and the URL of the printer. To print a Network Configuration page, press the Network button while the printer is turned on and idle.
If the printer has just been connected to a network, it may take a few minutes for the printer to determine its network settings. Wait a few minutes before printing the Network Configuration page in order for the network settings data to be valid.
Opening the EWS
Follow these steps to open the printer's EWS:
- Open an Internet browser. Use Internet Explorer 5.0 and higher or Netscape 4.75 and higher.
- Enter the URL of the printer in the address box, and then press Enter.
Using the EWS
The HP Deskjet 6840 EWS has three main tabs (Figure 1).
|Status||Printer's Status: Ready, Cover open, Paper jam, Paper out|
|Estimated Ink Level (Black/Color)||Approximate levels for the ink remaining in the printer's ink cartridges.|
|Total Page Count||Number of pages printed since the printer's manufacture.|
|Two-Sided Printing Accessory Installed||Yes/No. Allows automatic printing on both sides of the paper.|
|Admin Password||Yes/No. If Yes, EWS configuration parameters are password protected. To change or clear the password, use the Authorization menu on the Networking tab.|
|Model Name||Printer's model name and number.|
|Serial Number||The printer's serial number.|
|Firmware Version||Printer's internal firmware version.|
|Service ID||Date your computer first communicated with the printer.|
|PCL Default Symbol Set||ID number of the default ASCII font set.|
|Host Name||Identifies the printer on the network.|
|Active Gateway||Gateway currently in use.|
|Active Preferred DNS Server||Address of the active Preferred DNS Server currently used.|
|Active Alternate DNS Server||Address of the Active Alternate DNS Server|
|Connections||Enabled||Hardware address||Connected||IP address||Subnet mask|
The Connections table shows the printer's MAC and IP address, and subnet mask. 802.3 and 802.11 cannot run simultaneously. If one is enabled, the other is automatically disabled. USB can run simultaneously with either 802.3 or 802.11.
Use Select Language to change the default language used by the HP Deskjet EWS. By default, the HP Deskjet printer Web page uses the same language as the Internet browser used. In order to support manual language selection, the browser must be enabled to accept cookies (see the browser's documentation to enable cookies). The language choice will remain in effect until the browser is closed or the browser's cookies are deleted. Changing the language setting for the printer's EWS does not affect the browser's language setting. Follow these steps to select a language for the printer's EWS:
- Select a language from the drop-down menu.
- Click Apply.
Configurable setting determines how often EWS information is updated in seconds.
|Host Name||"Friendly" name that identifies the printer on the network.|
Windows users can access the EWS with the Host Name. For example, if the Host Name is kids-printer, access the EWS with http://kids-printer. This technique applies only if you are on the same subnet.
|IP Address configuration|
|Automatic IP||If the printer finds a DHCP server on your network, it requests an IP address from it. Otherwise, the printer creates a valid, unique IP address using the Auto IP standard.|
|Manual IP||IP Address, subnet mask, and (optionally) default gateway are manually assigned and entered.|
|Manual IP Address||Enter the IP address. Each value must be valid, and in the form n.n.n.n, where each n is a number from 0 to 255.
Network connectivity with the printer will be lost after assigning a manual IP address. Use the new IP address to reconnect to the printer.
If unable to reconnect to the printer, refer to the printer's documentation to reset the printer to its factory defaults.
|Manual Subnet Mask||Enter the subnet mask. The mask determines which bits specify the network, subnet, and printer.|
|Manual Default Gateway||Enter the IP address of a router or computer that connects to other networks or subnets. If none exists, use the IP address of your computer or printer.|
|DNS Address Configuration|
|The Domain Name Server translates IP domain names or IP device names into IP addresses.|
|Automatic DNS Server||The DNS Server value is supplied by the DHCP server.|
|Manual DNS Server||Enter the IP address of the (DNS) server.
If the DNS server is located on a local network, obtain the address and provide it. |
If the DNS server resides with the Internet service provider (ISP), obtain the address from the ISP.
|Manual Preferred DNS Server||This DNS value is used first.|
|Manual Alternate DNS Server||This DNS value is used second.|
|Speed and Duplex||Auto Negotiation: Speed and Duplex negotiations are automatically performed.|
The Wireless Configuration wizard (Figure 2) walks you through the setup process. Use the wizard to complete the wireless configuration. The next step in the process depends on the wireless environment and the choices you make at the current step.
Descriptions of IP Address Configuration and DNS Address Configuration settings for Wireless (802.11) are the same as for Wired (802.3). Refer to those descriptions.
|Enable||Enables the network interface.|
|Disable||Disables the network interface.|
|SSID||The network name (SSID) specifies the name of a wireless network to which the printer will connect.|
Enter a network name.
|Infrastructure||Wireless devices communicate with each other through a wireless access point (WAP), such as a wireless hub, router or gateway.|
|No Authentication or Encryption||Select if you do not want to use security settings.|
|WEP||(Wired Equivalent Privacy) encryption helps protect network traffic. WEP requires the specification of Key.|
|Ad Hoc||Wireless devices communicate with each other directly, without going through a WAP.|
|Channel||(Ad Hoc only) The printer uses this channel to broadcast its availability if it fails to connect to the specified network.|
|No authentication or encryption||See above|
|In an infrastructure network use 802.11 behavior.|
|In an ad hoc network use 802.11 behavior.|
|In an ad hoc network act connected even when others are not present.|
|Use Rendezvous to create instant IP-based wired or wireless networks of computers and devices without any configuration.
The HP Deskjet 6830v, 6840, 6940, and 6980 supports rendezvous on Mac OS X v10.2.3 and higher.
|mDNS Service Name||"Friendly" name that identifies the printer under mDNS. Default: printer model + printer's MAC address. Substitute a unique name up to 63 characters.|
|mDNS Domain Name||Printer's domain name under mDNS: printer host + .local|
|mDNS Highest Priority Service||The HP Deskjet 6830v, 6840, 6940, and 6980 only supports 9100 printing, where 9100 is the internal name of the printing port. The drop-down box is for future use.|
|User Name||Always set to Admin|
|Password|| Enter a password for the Administrator account. When a password is set, the administrator name (Admin) and the password are required to view or change EWS Networking.
To disable the password, leave the password parameters blank.
NOTE:This password has nothing to do with network security.
|Confirm Password||Re-enter the password.|
|Network Interface||Enabled or Disabled|
|Hardware (MAC) Address||The Media Access Control address is the unique ID serial number of the Ethernet card in one's computer.|
|Network Name (SSID)||Name of the wireless network to which the printer is connected.|
|Network Type Infrastructure||Wireless devices communicate with each other through a wireless access point (WAP), such as a wireless hub, router or gateway.|
|Ad Hoc||Wireless devices communicate with each other directly, without going through a WAP. (Peer-to-peer, computer-to-computer.)|
|Ad Hoc Channel|
|See Network Information table above.|
|Access Point /BSSID||The hardware (MAC) address of the wireless access point through which the printer connects to the wireless network Channel One of several pre-set frequencies at which 802.11-enabled devices communicate in order to reduce interference. The number of channels available varies by country/region.|
|Signal Strength||Strength of the signal received from the wireless access point: 1 through 5, and Blank.
1 = Low
5 = High
0 = No Signal
|Total Packets Received|
Unicast Packets Received
Broadcast Packets Received
Bad Packets Received
Total Packets Transmitted
Unicast Packets Transmitted
Broadcast Packets Transmitted
Bad Packets Transmitted
|Statistics refer to number of packets since power-on.|
|Configured by||TCP/IP configuration was set using:
|IP Address||Internet Protocol (IP) address uniquely identifies the printer on the network.|
|Subnet Mask||Printer’s subnet mask determines which bits of the IP address identify the network, subnet, and printer itself.|
|Default Gateway||IP address of a router or computer that connects to other networks or subnets. If none exists, the IP address of your computer or printer.|
|Configured by||DNS configuration was set using:
|Preferred DNS Server||Address of the active Preferred DNS Server currently used.|
|Alternate DNS Server||Address of the Active Alternate DNS Server|
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