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I have been searching for an answer for days now, thought it was time to ask! I have just setup my first ubuntu server, everything is working perfect. I have internet connection, I can ping every computer on our network but I cannot for the life of me figure out how to add a network attached printer under CUPS or HPLIP.

I have two HP printers, one attached to a computer at 192.168.1.8 and one attached to a computer at 192.168.1.24. We have 8 windows computers on our network, every one of them can find, view and print. I can ping both of these IP addresses successfully from the ubuntu box, why can I not get these printers to work?

HPLIP returns: "warning: No devices found on the 'net' bus. If this isn't the result you are expecting, warning: check your network connections and make sure your internet warning: firewall software is disabled."

Find New Printers button on CUPS returns: "No printers found."

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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You menitoned that they are connected to computers, are you sharing them from those computers? Also, I think the HPLIP network stuff only works for HP printers that are connected directly to the network –  tgm4883 Jan 27 '13 at 0:09
    
@tgm4883 Yes, they are connected to windows computers and fully shared. (All other computers on the network can see the printers and print to them) They are also both HP printers, a LaserJet Pro 400 and a LaserJet 1102. –  user1796225 Jan 27 '13 at 12:09

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I don't know if this will help, but I am printing on a home network to an HP printer with CUPS, with the server being ubuntu desktop rather than ubuntu server. The way I did this was : (A) on the server machine (1) system settings > printers (2) in the new window, on the menu at very top of screen : server > settings (3) in the new window, tick the box "publish shared printers connected to this system" and click OK (4) in the first window, right click on the printer icon and ensure "shared" is ticked. (B) On the client machine (1) system settings > printers (2) click "add" box, "network printer", "find network printer" and the server's printer was there. (3) Select it, click "forward", and ensure it uses CUPS (ipp://).

Ubuntu server may be completely different, and I am not using HPLIP, but there may be similarities.

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