The price of an HP Jet Direct 635n has finally come down enough to get
one for the house.
I picked one up off ebay for ~$100. Why would I
want a 635n? Doesn’t the HP 4350 (DTNSL) come with an onboard (embedded)
Jet Direct card? Yes it does. One which would work fine for most people.
Why can’t I live with out the 635n? The 635n offers IPSec and IPv6. The
latter is more interesting to me, since the idea of needing encryption
on the network when the printer provides a hard copy of what just went
over the network seems a bit silly. IPv6 on the other hand, means I have
one fewer (embedded) device/appliance which relies on IPv4.
I had to disable the onboard JetDirect card using the buttons on the
printer. There was no way to do it from the browser. Once I figured that
out, configuring the new card was easy.
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