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The Perfect Large Workgroup Class Laser Printer

  • Jan 26, 2007
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Pros: Small footprint; inexpensive to operate; JetDirect Card; two paper trays.

Cons: Paper trays are only 250-sheet.

The Bottom Line: For home office or large workgroup use, the HP 4000TN is a winner.

The need for small footprint large workgroup/ departmental network attached laser printers can never be overestimated in my experience. And when it comes to this class of printer, no company does it better than Hewlett Packard, and no printer has better represented this class than the HP 4000TN Laser Printer. The HP 4000TN is a reliable, small footprint laser printer that is relatively inexpensive to operate and easy to use, and ships with an additional 250-sheet paper tray. This added to the native 250-sheet paper tray gives the printer a 500-sheet capacity.

In the Box

o HP LaserJet 4000TN Series printer
o 1 Quick start floppy disc /CD-ROM
o Additional 250-sheet paper tray
o Power Cord
o 1 CD containing:
o Printer drivers for Windows 3.x, 9x and NT 4.0, Mac System 7.0, DOS & OS/2
o Network Printer Solution (JetAdmin for Netware and Windows NT, Web JetAdmin, LaserJet Utility for Mac);
o Printer Management Tools (Job Monitor for Netware, Toolbox and DocWise for Netware and Windows NT, Internet installer, De-installer, Disk Image maker).

The HP 4000TN is easy to integrate into any size network thanks to the built-in JetDirect 10/100 Network Interface Card (NIC), which can be configure via the units rather small two-line backlit LCD display. The 100MHz RISC processer and 1200dpi resolution make for fast (17ppm) high quality printing from either 250 sheet printer tray or multi-purpose tray. In addition, the HP 4000TN ships standard with 8MB of RAM (user expandable to 100MB), support of Apple’s LocalTalk, HP’s FastRes for 1200dpi high quality printing, and HP PCL 6 & Postscript 2 emulation.

Installation

After peeling off all of the packing tape from various areas in and around the printer, it is customary to place the printer on top of the additional 250-sheet paper tray before you power the printer up for the first time. Once this is accomplished I plugged the RJ-45 cable into the JetDirect NIC and powered the printer on for the first time. Depending on your network configuration you may have to manually configure the JetDirect card with an IP address, Subnet Mask and Gateway. By default the JetDirect card is configured for BOOTP and or DHCP, both of which allow the card to collect an IP address automatically.

But we control the IP Addresses in our environment so it was necessary to go into the JetDirect configuration on the printer to setup the parameters manually. Optionally this can be accomplished via the included JetAdmin utility once it is installed. If JetAdmin is already installed in your environment, the utility should detect the new printer on the network and allow you to edit or configure it for your environment.

Next, I installed the toner cartridge and set the printer up on the print server. But again, setting the printer up on a print server is optional. So is using the JetDirect card at all; the HP 4000TN does ship with a parallel port for direct connection to a PC, and a serial port for connection to a Macintosh computer.

The software installation is straight forward and easy enough to complete. If you are setting the printer up on a printer server, you should install the software on the server, and it will push the drivers down to whatever workstation as needed. In any case the software will afford the user full access to the HP 4000TN functionality.

After the software is installed, the printer is ready to use. All told it takes me less than ten minutes to make a HP 4000TN ready for use over a typical enterprise-class network. I have set these printers up in home offices as well and the procedure is the same; a Windows XP Professional computer can pull duty as a print server. Or in the home office setting the printer can be directly attached to a workstation and shared out.

Once set-up the printer is ready for use. Tray (1), the 100-sheet multipurpose tray, is located on the front of the printer in typical Hewlett Packard design. Tray (2) is the built-in 250-sheet tray, while tray (3) sits underneath it. And optional duplexer unit, 500-sheet paper tray, and envelope feeder can be installed on the back of the printer.

For home office or large workgroup use, the HP 4000TN is a winner.


Recommended:
Yes

Amount Paid (US$): 299.00
Operating System: Windows and Macintosh

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The network-ready HP LaserJet 4100TN printer offers you a set of unique communication features that make it easier to set up and manage printer operation, minimize the need for user intervention and take the guesswork out of printer status and printing supplies levels. You can communicate remotely with your LaserJet 4100TN using a standard Web browser - no special software is required. The innovative printer can even be programmed to send preconfigured notifications of printer problems via email to designated recipients on the network.??The HP LaserJet 4100TN offers you high, 1200dpi resolutions and fast print speeds of up to 25 pages per minute. Additional features include 32MB RAM, a heavy-duty 1100-sheet paper tray, built-in 10/100Base-TX print server and the HP smart supplies system that helps measure and report toner levels.
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