Tech Tip of the Week: A Quick Look at the Self-Installing HP LaserJet P1606dn

By Julio Franco ยท 5 replies
Aug 17, 2010
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  1. Before we get started, we'd like to say that we realize a printer is just a printer to most people. It consumes precious workspace, costs a fortune in supplies, and few geeks would marvel at a copy machine's spec sheet. Along with that it should be made abundantly clear that this write-up is only a quick look at the HP LaserJet P1606dn, or more specifically, one of its key features: Smart Install.

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  2. Don't most printers nowadays just install completely when you plug them in to Windows 7? I'm pretty sure all my printers did so far... Just make sure your PC is connected to the internet, plug in and print.
  3. Funkmesideways

    Funkmesideways TS Rookie

    Agreed, my old HPDJ 5940 installed itself after plugging it in to my Windows 7 PC
  4. Julio Franco

    Julio Franco TechSpot Editor Topic Starter Posts: 7,671   +988

    That depends if Windows has the drivers or if they have them on their online library. The idea about behind this HP printer (and most of their new products from now on) is that they will have the driver on the device itself, so you won't need a net connection or rely on Windows' support to make things work. That's not to say well supported devices won't install seamlessly when you are online.
  5. yukka

    yukka TechSpot Paladin Posts: 861   +67

    Cool for the home in the sense that it will work with an original windows 7 installation without having to update online.

    Not much good in a corporate environment. If it could set up its on IP and name, register itself with the print server and attach itself to the correct AD group that would be cooler :)
  6. This printer is not compatible with Debian (squeeze). You have to use the PCL 5e driver for it to function. You might want to try an install in Linux before you make claims that it is compatible.

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