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Anybody tried a Hp JetDirect J4135 USB adapter and Tiger

by mkinn / March 2, 2014 7:56 AM PST

I am about to purchase a J4135 JetDirect adapter card for an HP 5M with 32mb memory and Postcript SIM installed. Has anyone tried to use this card under OSX? I believe that 10.6 was the last version to use AppleTalk, which this adapter also has, but my iMac runs Tiger, and I want to use USB and add a duplexer. Please advise if this will work and any special things I need to know before I buy and try this.

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Clarification Request
I forgot to ask,
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / March 3, 2014 8:15 AM PST

what is the significance of your computer running Tiger?

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Correction, the correct card is an HP J2552, but NO USB!
by mkinn / March 4, 2014 9:52 AM PST

Sorry, I was given wrong info. I guess I'll be trying a USB to parallel (DB25F) adapter.
Any suggestions as to one that will work with OSX? Thanks!

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Apple appears to write "unsupported."
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 4, 2014 9:56 AM PST
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Personally I would purchase a new printer
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / March 2, 2014 8:50 PM PST

for what the J4135 JetDirect card costs, or close to.

That said, if the printer recognizes the JD card and you configure the card with an IP address in your home network range, it should act just like any other network enabled printer.

If the card is not recognized, reset the printer to factory defaults by turning it off, holding down the on-line button and powering it back on. Keep the on-line button down until the printer is fully booted.


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I'd use it's ethernet connection to my router.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 3, 2014 12:13 AM PST

That way it's essentially a wireless printer or at least shared. I can't see the advantage of adding USB.

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The iMac is wireless, and I can't use RJ45 for the printer
by mkinn / March 3, 2014 11:29 AM PST

If you would like to go buy a new printer, please feel free to do so.
I just rebuilt this one, and it works perfectly on parallel.
I also use it with older Apple IIgs computers on the Appletalk connection.
I don't have access to the router. It's in a commercial environment.
The IMac has several USB ports, and I just wanted advice on the USB connection with OSX, which would be a LOT easier, if anybody has tried this.
I have read MANY posts on the problems with both static & dynamic IP addresses and older Mac's.

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Also, anybody tried an HP J3111A JetDirect 600N USB/OSX
by mkinn / March 3, 2014 11:36 AM PST

This card fits my HP 8100DN 11X17 printer.
I would appreciate any help using USB with HP Laserjet printers and OSX!

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. It's in a commercial environment.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 3, 2014 11:35 PM PST

It's going to be sheer luck if anyone has tried this on such old gear. But given the new information I could look at adding a Netgear WNCE2001 to the printer to get it on the wireless network.

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