On Sun, Sep 18, 2016 at 06:58:53PM -0400, brian wrote:
> On Sun, 18 Sep 2016 17:30:01 -0500, rlhar...@oplink.net wrote:
> >On Sun, September 18, 2016 5:10 pm, brian wrote:
> >> My dear old Laserjet 5N finally having died, I bought an HP Laserjet
> >> P1109w to replace it. I have managed to install it to the extent that
> >> it's recognised (USB connection, not wireless) but the problem is that it
> >> apparently needs a *proprietary* plug-in to print properly.
> >>
> >> I have H-Ps installer, and everything goes OK up to the point at which
> >> it goes to an unspecified H-P site to download the plug-in.
> >
> >Installer?  Plug-in?  Are you using CUPS?  Is the P1109w not in the CUPS
> >menu?
> >
> Yes, yes, yes, and yes it is, respectively. However, while the printer
> is *recognised* without the proprietary software, it will not *print*
> anything without the plugin. 
> >I picked up a P3015 for $150; it runs perfectly under CUPS and is the best
> >printer I ever have used.  I am using the Ethernet interface.
> >
> I suppose I could enable wireless on my router and try the wireless
> connection (I'm still all cabled here, it has no socket for an
> ethernet cable nor for a JetDirect card) but I don't think it's going
> to make any difference, it's not communicating with the printer which
> is the problem. My system recognised the printer without any problem
> whatsoever. 
> However, if you look on H-Ps website, they state explicitly that some
> printers will require one of their plugins to print, and some will
> not. I guess they ought to know about their own printers. :) 
> This printer was slightly more than half the price of yours ($79), but
> if I do have to return it and get a different model, I'll keep your
> recommendation in mind. 

Pick a Brother with BRScript3 (their version of PostScript), an
ethernet port, and a duplexing feature (model name will have a D
near the end). Should be in the $100-150 range.

You can run it under CUPS with no bizarre driver downloads,
though Brother will offer you one.


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