Windows 7 Forums

Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.


Windows 7: Manually add a network multifunction printer?

06 Jun 2010   #1
menehune001

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 
Manually add a network multifunction printer?

Hi, I have a Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit PC connected to a home network with other PCs connected. Additionally, there's a network printer (HP Officejet 6310xi) that available on the network. Now when I had my XP PC on the network, I was able to access the printer's printing, scanning and faxing resources via the control software (HP Solution) which worked fine, but it took a great deal of space and resources. Now I have a Windows 7 system, I really don't want to tie up resources with this control software, however, when I use the device wizard, all I find is the printer resource. I am frustrated with HP's only solution is to install the control program and no other way to scan or fax over the network. Isn't there a way to manually install a network device? I mean, technically, you can manually install a network printer with Windows, but why not a network scanner or network fax machine?


My System SpecsSystem Spec
.
06 Jun 2010   #2
kegobeer

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Multifunction devices require specialized drivers to get things working. Sorry, but that's just the price of doing business. You could probably get the printing working, but the scanner and fax won't work at all without the network drivers from HP. You may be able to do some experimenting and uninstall some of the applications and keep the drivers intact; checking the HP site/forum may help - you might get lucky and find someone that's done exactly that.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
06 Jun 2010   #3
PooMan UK

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Try putting the ip address of your printer into your browser .... some of the HP multi printers allow you to scan this way without installing all the software, but you will have limited functionality.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
.

06 Jun 2010   #4
fishnbanjo

Vista 64 Ultimate, Windows 7 64 Ultimate, Ubuntu 9.10
 
 

While all those devices are all in one device they realistically are seen as separate devices by any OS which is why each needs its own driver and software package to work. If you had each one individually you'd have to do this and they would take up more physical space, the plus side of an all in one is it sits in a single device footprint but it still needs to have the software and drivers loaded for the OS to recognize them.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
07 Jun 2010   #5
menehune001

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

Hi again, thanks for the replies. Yeah, typing in an IP address shows allow you to access the printer which (through the browser), lets you run the scan feature from my PC, but there are some issues that go with that like there isn't much control you have with scanning from the IP address (just preview and then scan, nothing fancy, just very basic). And for anyone who's wondering, the HP support site for the all-in-one printer offers the software (full package) to download... buying the Windows 7 drivers CD only offers the same full package, no individual drivers as I'd hoped. The 'full package' software that HP offers tends to become unstable more often than any other program which ends up in reinstallations, but I guess I will just have to deal with them until I upgrade to another multi-function device with stable drivers.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
07 Jun 2010   #6
kegobeer

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

If you can find a refurbished Canon MX850, I highly recommend it. The software and drivers are solid, and it's a great multifunction device.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
07 Jun 2010   #7
fishnbanjo

Vista 64 Ultimate, Windows 7 64 Ultimate, Ubuntu 9.10
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kegobeer View Post
If you can find a refurbished Canon MX850, I highly recommend it. The software and drivers are solid, and it's a great multifunction device.
Agree with this, I have the 820 iteration and it is very solid with the drivers.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
Reply

 Manually add a network multifunction printer?




Thread Tools





Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
Buying Recommendation for Color Multifunction Wireless Laser Printer
I am getting a color multifunction wireless laser printer primarily for a soon-to-be university student, although I am told submitted coursework is now paperless. I am not sure. Still, I might need one for resumes and job applications. One that is the most economical on consumables, that is,...
Hardware & Devices
Manually mapped network drives
Hi All Hope you can help. I want to know if there is anyway to find out if a network shared drive (showing within 'My Computer') is manually connected/mapped. (btw we are using a AD - GPO & Desktop Authority) I don't want to disconnect all the drives and then log the user off as i want...
Network & Sharing
Multifunction laser printer suggestions
Hi everyone, I am looking to buy an all-in-one colour laser printer. Haven't had one before, so I'm hoping for suggestions?? - Looking to spend around 3 - 400 GBP. - Would like seperate CMYK toners, rather than just black and 'colour' - Also something that has good availability of...
Hardware & Devices
OKI MC561 Multifunction Printer help
I have just purchased the above but the installation has been far more complex than I expected. Installed from CD using USB connection. There was one error that seemed to come from Windows 7 Pro rather than the install program which stated that PCL had not been installed successfully. Not sure...
Hardware & Devices
Panasonic KX-MB271 multifunction printer support
I recently upgraded to W7 and just discovered that my multifunction printer apparently doesn't have support for W7 yet. It allegedly works with Vista but not W7. They said the W7 drivers wouldn't be ready until March. I tried to get them to offer a possible workaround..maybe another driver that...
Hardware & Devices
HP PSC1200 multifunction printer/scanner
The XP driver for this was pretty good for a typical cumbersome driver from HP. The Vista/W7 driver works minimally and the control panels look great but: 1. Normal vs. Fastdraft print selection results in terrible low density quality. 2. Can't change the default printer selection.
Drivers

Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 15:51.

Twitter Facebook Google+



Windows 7 Forums

Seven Forums Android App Seven Forums IOS App