[cups] Installing HP Envy 4520

Gene Heskett gheskett at shentel.net
Mon Dec 18 10:42:14 PST 2017

On Monday 18 December 2017 11:48:08 Len Mackay wrote:

> Hi all,
> I am relatively new to working with a raspberry pi and programming is
> not my strong point. I am using the latest desktop software which is
> great however I am having great difficulty in gettin the above printer
> to work, wirelessly or hard wired. Doing it through the cups option of
> adding printers ther does not appear to be a driver in the list. The
> printer appears but I am unable to get a driver. I have also tried to
> install via the HP site but again no luck. Any advice (in as simple a
> form as possible) would be much appreciated. Kind regards
> Len

Len, if you have other machines on your home network, then on the machine 
the printer is attached to, configure the printer as a "shared" printer.

Then on your pi, install cups-client and/or configure cups with a browse 
= yes.

Restart cups on both machines. Now when you open a print command from 
your email agent, geany, evince or its ilk, or a browser, those printers 
marked shared should be available for use. I'm running a 11x54" Sheldon 
lathe with my pi3, and I can print a 20 page .hal file from geany, to a 
cheap B&W brother laser here in the den, in landscape mode, and the job 
is done by the time I can walk from the garage to the den in the middle 
of the house, so all I have to do is slap a staple in one corner and 
take it back to the machine.

But this assumes also that you have a router as first stop for the 
network cable from the modem, nat'ing the address your isp assigns to 
the router, to a 192.168.xxx.zzz group of local addresses, which does a 
pretty darned good job of keeping the snoops and black hatters out of 
your home system. In 15+ years of running dd-wrt in the router, only one 
person has come thru it to access this local network, and I had to give 
him usernames and passwords for every step. I needed his help with a 

Cheers, Gene Heskett
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