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HP LaserJet 1160 and 1320 Series Printers - Available Printer Configurations and Port Communication
Software features by connection type
The HP LaserJet 1160/1320 printing-system software can be used with the HP LaserJet 1160/1320 series printer in one of the following configurations:
In the direct (or local) configuration, the HP LaserJet 1160/1320 series printer is connected directly to the host computer with an IEEE-1284B parallel or universal serial bus (USB) cable. In this configuration, the printer is not shared. A single user has complete control of the printer. You can gain access to all of the capabilities of the printer in this configuration.
Network connection options
The following networking options are available for the HP LaserJet 1320 series printers:
Local connection that uses Microsoft peer-to-peer networking (Windows only)
You can use Microsoft Windows to share a local printer over the network. The operating system handles all of the networking issues. The product will print in this configuration, but it will not have access to the HP Toolbox. Also, because Microsoft peer-to-peer networking is unidirectional, network users do not receive printer status messages when they print.
HP does not support vending drivers across operating systems that have different printer driver architectures, such as HP Traditional drivers and HP Unidrivers. To use mixed operating systems, you must install an alternate print driver and download the driver for the specific operating system as described in the HP customer support document HP Color LaserJet and LaserJet Printers - MS Windows NT 4.0 through MS Windows 2000 and beyond, Print Driver Issues for Operating in a Mixed Operating System Environment .
System requirements for peer-to-peer networking
The network computers that use the HP LaserJet 1320 series printing-system software need to meet the same requirements as a direct connection for operating systems, processor type and speed, and available hard-disk space.
Networked by using the internal HP Jetdirect print server (HP LaserJet 1320n and 1320tn only)
In this configuration, your HP LaserJet 1320n or HP LaserJet 1320tn printer is connected to a network through the internal HP Jetdirect print server that comes standard with the printer. The printer can be under the direct control of a single user or in a common area with other networked resources. All users on operating systems that support the full printer software have access to the full functionality of the printer.
The HP LaserJet 1160/1320 series printers can be connected through either the IEEE-1284B port or the USB port.
For the HP LaserJet 1320n or 1320tn models, use the internal HP Jetdirect print server to connect more than one computer to a single HP LaserJet 1320 series printer.
Parallel port connections
The HP LaserJet 1160/1320 series printers require that a parallel port featuring a bidirectional data bus is directly connected to the computer. A port that is referred to as an enhanced capabilities port (ECP) or IEEE-1284B port qualifies.
Extended parallel port only (EPP-only) or unidirectional ports are not supported. However, some ports can be set to EPP/ECP through the CMOS setup or a jumper setting, which is supported.
Other parallel port devices
Your HP LaserJet 1160/1320 series printer must be directly connected to the computer parallel port. If you have a switch box or other device connected to the parallel port, you must disconnect it before connecting and using your HP LaserJet 1160/1320 series printer. Another option would be to have two parallel ports installed on the computer. You can use parallel port expansion cards, but HP does not support them.
Changing parallel port modes
This section provides instructions to help you ensure that the parallel port is configured to provide the best performance with your HP LaserJet 1160/1320 series printer.
The parallel port mode determines how the parallel port works with your HP LaserJet 1160/1320 series printer. This mode can default to different settings. Unfortunately, the HP LaserJet 1160/1320 series printing-system software cannot automatically select the best setting. Therefore, you need to check this setting yourself. The ECP mode generally provides the best printing performance.
Different basic input/output system (BIOS) options frequently exist within a computer manufacturer's range of printers. Changing the parallel port mode is similar for all computers if they have built-in capability. See your computer documentation for specific instructions about changing the parallel mode for your computer.
Even though the label on the parallel port mode says ECP, it might not follow that protocol. If the port mode option that you click does not work, then try another option in the Setup. If your computer does not have the ECP capability built in, you can install an external parallel port card to add this functionality.
In addition to the parallel port mode being set incorrectly, other areas of potential parallel port conflict that involve software and hardware from other manufacturers might exist. If your HP LaserJet 1160/1320 series printer cannot communicate with the computer after you have attempted all setup options, or you have other devices that need a parallel port, you can add an external ECP parallel port card to your computer. Then, connect your HP LaserJet 1160/1320 series printer to one of the parallel ports and connect the other devices that you have to the other parallel port. These parallel port cards are available at computer stores, and you can use them to let your HP LaserJet 1160/1320 series printer communicate with your computer without conflicting with other devices.
USB port connections
Hi-Speed USB is an input/output mode that is supported by both Windows and Macintosh computers. A wide variety of consumer devices, such as digital cameras and scanners, also support USB. Hi-Speed USB is the current standard. Note that the HP LaserJet 1160/1320 series printers are compatible with Hi-Speed USB specifications.
A distinction exists between a USB Host and a USB Device. The HP LaserJet 1160/1320 series printers are USB Devices. They can only connect to a USB Host or a USB Hub.
Device conflicts in Windows
When two-way communication cannot be established with the HP LaserJet 1160/1320 series printer, the Windows Device Manager might show a conflict. Conflicts should be resolved immediately, and before continuing to troubleshoot two-way communication issues. The following sections contain a few guidelines for identifying and resolving these conflicts.
This process applies to both USB and parallel port devices. However, USB devices are only supported in Windows 98SE, Windows Me, Windows 2000, and Windows XP.
Opening the Windows Device Manager
Follow these steps to open the Windows Device Manager.
Check for device conflicts
Follow these steps to check for device conflicts.
Guidelines for troubleshooting and resolving device conflicts
Follow these steps for resolving device conflicts.
Bluetooth wireless technology is a low-power, short-range radio technology that can be used to wirelessly connect computers, printers, personal digital assistants (PDAs), cell phones, and other devices.
Since Bluetooth wireless technology uses radio signals, devices do not have to be in the same room, office, or cubicle with an unobstructed line of sight in order to communicate. This wireless technology increases portability and efficiency within business network applications.
Bluetooth is a trademark owned by its proprietor and used by Hewlett-Packard Company under license.
The HP LaserJet 1160/1320 series printer can use a Bluetooth adapter (hp bt1300) to incorporate Bluetooth wireless technology. The adapter is available for either USB or parallel connections. The adapter has a 10-meter, line-of-site operation range in the 2.5 GHz ISM band and can achieve data transfer rates up to 723 Kbps. The device supports the following Bluetooth profiles: