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HP Jetdirect Print Server Hardware/Firmware Solutions Overview

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Overview

The HP Jetdirect print server products come in the following different hardware form factors:
  • External print servers
  • EIO Internal print servers
  • Embedded print servers
This paper will contrast and compare the different Jetdirect print server hardware form factors.

Internal vs. External

There are two types of print servers, internal print servers that plug into a slot on the printer and external print servers that interface with a printer via a parallel or USB cable. The interface between an internal print server and a printer is the backplane on the back-end of the print server that plugs into a connector at the bottom of the slot on the printer. External print servers require an external power supply and peripheral interface cable.

Professional vs. Standard

The firmware feature set of the Jetdirect print servers are either Professional, or Standard. The Professional feature set is for devices in managed environments and it includes upgradeable firmware, advanced security features, and support for a broad set of network operating systems, and protocols. The Standard feature set does not include upgradeable firmware, and it includes support for a limited set of security features, network operating systems, and protocols.

External print servers/printer adapter

The external print servers were developed to allow customers to share their printers on a network. An external print server interfaces with the peripheral via a parallel or USB cable. And external print servers require their own power supply. The following is a list of the HP Jetdirect external print server products:
  • HP Jetdirect 170x external Ethernet print server (Standard feature set, parallel port peripheral interface), J3258G
  • HP Jetdirect 175x external Fast Ethernet print server (Standard feature set, USB interface), J6035G
  • HP Jetdirect en1700 external IPv4/IPv6 Fast Ethernet print server (Standard feature set, USB interface), J7988G
  • HP Jetdirect 300x external Fast Ethernet print server (Professional feature set, parallel port peripheral interface), J3263A
  • HP Jetdirect 510x external Fast Ethernet print server (Professional feature set, 3 parallel port interfaces), J7983G
  • HP Jetdirect en3700 external Fast Ethernet print server (Professional feature set, USB 2.0 port peripheral interface), J7942G
  • HP Jetdirect ew2400 external Fast Ethernet wired and wireless 802.11g print server for small and medium business (Standard feature set, USB 2.0 port peripheral interface), J7951G

EIO Internal print servers

The EIO internal print servers were developed to allow customers to share their peripherals with an EIO slot on a network. An EIO internal print server interfaces with the peripheral via an EIO backplane interface on the print server. The EIO internal print server is inserted into the EIO slot of the peripheral. With an EIO internal print server, no peripheral interface cable or external power supply required like there are for an external print server.
The following is a list of the HP Jetdirect internal print server products:
  • HP Jetdirect 620n Fast Ethernet print server (Professional feature set, EIO peripheral interface), J7934G
  • HP Jetdirect 625n Gigabit and Fast Ethernet print server (Professional feature set, EIO peripheral interface), J7960G
  • HP Jetdirect 630n HP Jetdirect 630n IPv4/IPv6 Gigabit Ethernet Print Server (Professional feature set, EIO peripheral interface), J7997G
  • HP Jetdirect 635n Gigabit and Fast Ethernet IPv6/IPsec print server (Professional feature set, EIO peripheral interface), J7961G

External print servers/printer adapter Operating SYstems and Network Protocols

Applies to the EX 170x (J3258G)

Compatible Network Operating Systems

  • Microsoft Windows 2000, Server 2003, XP, Vista, 2003 64-bit, XP 64-bit, Vista 64-bit;
  • Novell 5.1 and later;
  • Windows Terminal Services;
  • Citrix MetaFrame Server

Compatible Network Protocols

  • TCP/IP
  • IPX/SPX
  • Netware NDS
  • Bindery
  • NDPS
  • iPrint
  • IP Direct Mode
  • FTP Printing
  • Telnet
  • SLP
  • IGMP
  • BOOTP/DHCP
  • WINS
  • SNMP
  • HTTP

Applies to the EX 175x (J6035G)

Compatible Network Operating Systems

  • Microsoft Windows 2000, Server 2003, XP, Vista, 2003 64-bit, XP 64-bit, Vista 64-bit;
  • Mac OS X v 10.2, v10.3, v10.4 or later;
  • Citrix MetaFrame Server;
  • Windows Terminal Services

Compatible Network Protocols

  • TCP/IP
  • IPX/SPX direct mode
  • AppleTalk
  • IP Direct Mode
  • LPD printing
  • Telnet
  • SLP
  • IGMP
  • BOOTP/DHCP
  • WINS
  • SNMP
  • HTTP
  • Auto-IP
  • Apple Bonjour compatible (Mac OS 10.2.4 and later)

Applies to the EX en1700 (J7988G)

Compatible Network Operating Systems

  • Microsoft Windows 2000, Server 2003, XP, Vista, 2003 64-bit, XP 64-bit, Vista 64-bit (For Microsoft IPv6 compatible with Windows 2003, XP, and Vista);
  • Mac OS X v 10.2, v10.3, v10.4 or later;
  • Red Hat Linux 7.x and later;
  • SuSE Linux 8.x and later;
  • Citrix MetaFrame Server;
  • Windows Terminal Services

Compatible Network Protocols

  • IPv4/IPv6: Apple Bonjour Compatible (Mac OS 10.2.4 and later), SNMPv1/v2c/v3, HTTP, HTTPS, Port 9100, LPD, WS Discovery;
  • IPv6: DHCPv6, MLDv1, ICMPv6;
  • IPv4: Auto-IP, SLP, IGMPv2, BOOTP/DHCP, WINS, IP Direct Mode, WS Print

Security

Management security: SNMPv3, SSL/TLS

Applies to the EX 300x (J3263G) and the EX 510x (J7983G)

Compatible Network Operating Systems

  • Microsoft Windows 2000, Server 2003, XP, Vista, 2003 64-bit, XP 64-bit, Vista 64-bit;
  • Novell 5.1 and later;
  • Mac OS X v 10.2, v10.3, v10.4 or later;
  • Red Hat Linux 7.x and later;
  • SuSE Linux 8.x and later;
  • HP-UX 10.20, 11.x, 11.i;
  • Solaris 2.5 and later (SPARC systems only);
  • IBM AIX 3.2.5 and later 1 ;
  • MPE-iX; Citrix MetaFrame Server;
  • Windows Terminal Services

Compatible Network Protocols

  • TCP/IP
  • IPX/SPX
  • AppleTalk
  • IP Direct Mode
  • LPD
  • FTP Printing
  • IPP
  • Netware NDS
  • Bindery
  • NDPS
  • iPrint
  • Telnet
  • SLP
  • IGMP
  • BOOTP/DHCP
  • WINS
  • SNMP
  • HTTP

Applies to the EX en3700 (J7942G)

Compatible Network Operating Systems

  • Microsoft Windows 2000, Server 2003, XP, Vista, 2003 64-bit, XP 64-bit, Vista 64-bit;
  • Novell 5.1 and later;
  • Mac OS X v 10.2, v10.3, v10.4 or later;
  • Red Hat Linux 7.x and later;
  • SuSE Linux 8.x and later;
  • HP-UX 10.20, 11.x, 11.i;
  • Solaris 2.5 and later (SPARC systems only);
  • IBM AIX 3.2.5 and later 1 ;
  • MPE-iX;
  • Citrix MetaFrame Server;
  • Windows Terminal Services

Compatible Network Protocols

  • TCP/IP
  • IPX/SPX
  • AppleTalk
  • IP Direct Mode
  • LPD
  • FTP Printing
  • IPP
  • Netware NDS
  • Bindery
  • NDPS
  • iPrint
  • Telnet
  • SLP
  • IGMP
  • BOOTP/DHCP
  • WINS
  • SNMP
  • HTTP
  • HTTPS
  • Auto-IP
  • Apple Bonjour Compatible (Mac OS 10.2.4 and later)

Advanced Security

  • SNMPv3
  • SSL/TLS
  • 802.1X authentication (EAP-PEAP)

Applies to the EX ew2400 (J7951G)

Compatible Network Operating Systems

  • Microsoft Windows 2000, Server 2003, XP, Vista, 2003 64-bit, XP 64-bit, Vista 64-bit;
  • Mac OS X v 10.2, v10.3, v10.4 or later;
  • Citrix MetaFrame Server;
  • Windows Terminal Services

Compatible Network Protocols

  • TCP/IP
  • IPX/SPX
  • Direct Mode
  • AppleTalk
  • IP Direct Mode
  • LPD
  • Telnet
  • SLP
  • IGMP
  • BOOTP/DHCP
  • WINS
  • SNMP
  • HTTP
  • HTTPS
  • Auto-IP
  • Apple Bonjour compatible (Mac OS 10.2.4 and later)

Security

  • Wireless network security: WPA-Personal (WPA-PSK), WEP encryption (40/64-bit and 128-bit)
  • Management Security: SSL/TLS

EIO Internal Print servers Operating Systems and Network Protocols

Applies to EIO 620n (J7934G)

Compatible Network Operating Systems

  • Microsoft Windows 2000, Server 2003, XP, Vista, 2003 64-bit, XP 64-bit, Vista 64-bit;
  • Novell 5.1 and later;
  • Mac OS X v 10.2, v10.3, v10.4 or later;
  • Red Hat Linux 7.x and later;
  • SuSE Linux 8.x and later;
  • HP-UX 10.20, 11.x, 11.i;
  • Solaris 2.5 and later (SPARC systems only);
  • IBM AIX 3.2.5 and later 1 ;
  • MPE-iX;
  • Citrix MetaFrame Server;
  • Windows Terminal Services

Compatible Network Protocols

  • TCP/IP
  • IPX/SPX
  • AppleTalk
  • IP Direct Mode
  • LPD
  • FTP Printing
  • IPP
  • Netware NDS
  • Bindery NDPS
  • iPrint
  • Telnet
  • SLP
  • IGMP
  • BOOTP/DHCP
  • WINS
  • SNMP
  • HTTP
  • HTTPS
  • Auto-IP
  • Apple Bonjour Compatible (Mac OS 10.2.4 and later)

Advanced Security

  • SNMPv3
  • SSL/TLS
  • 802.1X authentication (EAP-PEAP)

Applies to the EIO 630n (J7997G)

Compatible Network Operating Systems

  • Microsoft Windows 2000, Server 2003, XP, Vista, 2003 64-bit, XP 64-bit, Vista 64-bit (For Microsoft IPv6 compatible with Windows 2003, XP, and Vista);
  • Novell 5.1 and later;
  • Mac OS X v 10.2, v10.3, v10.4 or later;
  • Red Hat Linux 7.x and later;
  • SuSE Linux 8.x and later;
  • HP-UX 10.20, 11.x, 11.i;
  • Solaris 2.5 and later (SPARC systems only);
  • IBM AIX 3.2.5 and later 1 ;
  • MPE-iX;
  • Citrix MetaFrame Server;
  • Windows Terminal Services

Compatible Network Protocols

  • IPv4/IPv6: Apple Bonjour Compatible (Mac OS 10.2.4 and later), SNMPv1/v2c/v3, HTTP, HTTPS, FTP, TFTP, Port 9100, LPD, IPP, Secure-IPP, WS Discovery Firewall;
  • IPv6: DHCPv6, MLDv1, ICMPv6;
  • IPv4: Auto-IP, SLP, Telnet, IGMPv2, BOOTP/DHCP, WINS, IP Direct Mode, WS Print;
  • Other: IPX/SPX, AppleTalk, NetWare NDS, Bindery, NDPS, iPrint

Advanced Security

  • Management security: SNMPv3, SSL/TLS, 802.1X authentication (EAP- PEAP, EAP-TLS), IPP over TLS, Firewall

Applies to the EIO 635n (J7961G)

Compatible Network Operating Systems

  • Microsoft Windows 2000, Server 2003, XP, Vista, 2003 64-bit, XP 64-bit, Vista 64-bit (For Microsoft IPv6 compatible with Windows 2003, XP, and Vista);
  • Novell 5.1 and later;
  • Mac OS X v 10.2, v10.3, v10.4 or later;
  • Red Hat Linux 7.x and later;
  • SuSE Linux 8.x and later;
  • HP-UX 10.20, 11.x, 11.i;
  • Solaris 2.5 and later (SPARC systems only);
  • IBM AIX 3.2.5 and later 1 ;
  • MPE-iX;
  • Citrix MetaFrame Server;
  • Windows Terminal Services

Compatible Network Protocols

  • IPv4/IPv6: Apple Bonjour Compatible (Mac OS 10.2.4 and later), SNMPv1/v2c/v3, HTTP, HTTPS, FTP, TFTP, Port 9100, LPD, IPP, Secure-IPP, WS Discovery, IPsec/Firewall;
  • IPv6: DHCPv6, MLDv1, ICMPv6;
  • IPv4: Auto-IP, SLP, Telnet, IGMPv2, BOOTP/DHCP, WINS, IP Direct Mode, WS Print;
  • Other: IPX/SPX, AppleTalk, NetWare NDS, Bindery, NDPS, iPrint

Advanced Security

  • Management security: SNMPv3, SSL/TLS, 802.1X authentication (EAP- PEAP, EAP-TLS), IPP over TLS, IPsec/Firewall with Kerberos, Certificate, and PreShared Key Authentication
1 Requires software from the NOS vendor
NOTE:Not all protocol and operating system combinations are supported. For more information, refer to http://www.hp.com/support/net_printing .

Embedded print servers

The HP Jetdirect Fast Ethernet embedded print servers have their hardware components included on the peripheral formatter board. The embedded print server's efficient design shares the peripheral CPU and memory. And unlike the EIO print server solution it has fewer components and does not require an EIO interface between the peripheral formatter board and the print server.
The embedded print servers were developed to allow customers to share their peripherals on a network with a robust set of standard features. Advanced networking solutions or niche networking solutions are provided using an EIO print server inserted into the EIO slot of the peripheral (for instance, for new, emerging or niche solutions such as wireless).
The following is a list of peripherals that include the HP Jetdirect embedded print server:
  • Q7535A 802.3 Jetdirect Inside - HP Color LaserJet 3000dn printer
  • Q7534A 802.3 Jetdirect Inside - HP Color LaserJet 3000n printer
  • Q5988A 802.3 Jetdirect Inside - HP Color LaserJet 3600dn printer
  • Q5987A 802.3 Jetdirect Inside - HP Color LaserJet 3600n printer
  • Q5983A 802.3 Jetdirect Inside - HP Color LaserJet 3800dn printer
  • Q5984A 802.3 Jetdirect Inside - HP Color LaserJet 3800dtn printer
  • Q5982A 802.3 Jetdirect Inside - HP Color LaserJet 3800n printer
  • Q7493A 802.3 Jetdirect Inside - HP Color LaserJet 4700dn printer
  • Q7492A 802.3 Jetdirect Inside - HP Color LaserJet 4700n printer
  • Q7495A 802.3 Jetdirect Inside - HP Color LaserJet 4700ph+ printer
  • Q7494A 802.3 Jetdirect Inside - HP Color LaserJet 4700dtn printer
  • Q7517A 802.3 Jetdirect Inside - HP Color LaserJet 4730 MFP printer
  • Q7518A 802.3 Jetdirect Inside - HP Color LaserJet 4730x MFP printer
  • Q7520A 802.3 Jetdirect Inside - HP Color LaserJet 4730xm MFP printer
  • Q7519A 802.3 Jetdirect Inside - HP Color LaserJet 4730xs MFP printer
  • Q5916A HP 9200c Digital Sender printer
  • Q5959A 802.3 Jetdirect Inside - HP LaserJet 2420dn printer
  • Q5962A 802.3 Jetdirect Inside - HP LaserJet 2430dtn printer
  • Q5964A 802.3 Jetdirect Inside - HP LaserJet 2430n printer
  • · Q5961A 802.3 Jetdirect Inside - HP LaserJet 2430tn printer
  • Q5403A 802.3 Jetdirect Inside - HP LaserJet 4250dtn printer
  • Q5404A 802.3 Jetdirect Inside - HP LaserJet 4250dtnsl printer
  • Q5401A 802.3 Jetdirect Inside - HP LaserJet 4250n printer
  • Q5402A 802.3 Jetdirect Inside - HP LaserJet 4250tn printer
  • Q3942A 802.3 Jetdirect Inside - HP LaserJet 4345 MFP Em printer
  • Q3943A 802.3 Jetdirect Inside - HP LaserJet 4345x MFP printer
  • Q3945A 802.3 Jetdirect Inside - HP LaserJet 4345xm MFP printer
  • Q3944A 802.3 Jetdirect Inside - HP LaserJet 4345xs MFP printer
  • Q5409A 802.3 Jetdirect Inside - HP LaserJet 4350dtn printer
  • Q5410A 802.3 Jetdirect Inside - HP LaserJet 4350dtnsl printer
  • Q5407A 802.3 Jetdirect Inside - HP LaserJet 4350n printer
  • Q5408A 802.3 Jetdirect Inside - HP LaserJet 4350tn printer
  • Q3726A 802.3 Jetdirect Inside - HP LaserJet 9050 MFP printer
  • Q3728A 802.3 Jetdirect Inside - HP LaserJet 9050 MFP printer
  • Q3722A 802.3 Jetdirect Inside - HP LaserJet 9050n MFP printer
  • Q3723A 802.3 Jetdirect Inside - HP LaserJet 9050dn printer
  • Q3723A 802.3 Jetdirect Inside - HP LaserJet 9050dn printer
  • Q7544A 802.3 Jetdirect Inside - HP LaserJet 5200n printer
  • Q7545A 802.3 Jetdirect Inside - HP LaserJet 5200tn printer
  • Q7546A 802.3 Jetdirect Inside - HP LaserJet 5200dtn printer
  • Q7698A 802.3 Jetdirect Inside - HP LaserJet 9040n printer
  • Q7699A 802.3 Jetdirect Inside - HP LaserJet 9040dn printer
  • Q7812A 802.3 Jetdirect Inside - HP LaserJet P3005n printer
  • Q7814A 802.3 Jetdirect Inside - HP LaserJet P3005dn printer
  • Q7815A 802.3 Jetdirect Inside - HP LaserJet P3005x printer
  • CB425A 802.3 Jetdirect Inside - HP LaserJet M4345 MFP printer
  • CB426A 802.3 Jetdirect Inside - HP LaserJet M4345x MFP printer
  • CB427A 802.3 Jetdirect Inside - HP LaserJet M345xm MFP printer
  • CB428A 802.3 Jetdirect Inside - HP LaserJet M345xs MFP printer
  • Q3726A 802.3 Jetdirect Inside - HP LaserJet 9040 MFP printer
  • Q3728A 802.3 Jetdirect Inside - HP LaserJet 9050 MFP printer
  • CB416A 802.3 Jetdirect Inside - HP LaserJet M3027 MFP printer
  • CB417A 802.3 Jetdirect Inside - HP LaserJet M3027x MFP printer
  • CB414A 802.3 Jetdirect Inside - HP LaserJet M3035 MFP printer
  • QB415A 802.3 Jetdirect Inside - HP LaserJet M3035x MFP printer
  • CB425A 802.3 Jetdirect Inside - HP LaserJet M3035xs MFP printer
  • Q7840A 802.3 Jetdirect Inside - HP LaserJet M5025 MFP printer
  • Q7829A 802.3 Jetdirect Inside - HP LaserJet M5035 MFP printer
  • Q7830A 802.3 Jetdirect Inside - HP LaserJet M5035x MFP printer
  • Q7831A 802.3 Jetdirect Inside - HP LserjEt M5035xs MFP printer

Summary table

Hardware solutionModel #sPeripheral InterfacePower supplyFirmware feature set
EIO print server 620n,625n 630n, 635nEIO backplanePower supplied by the peripheral Professional
External print serveren3700, 300X, 510XUSB or parallel cableExternal power supplyProfessional
170X, 175X, en1700, ew2400USB or parallel cableExternal power supplyStandard
Jetdirect embedded networkingN/ASolution is integrated on the peripheral formatter Power supplied by the peripheral Professional
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