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Running Macbook Pro OS X 10.6.3 Accessing an HP OfficeJet 5610 plugged in the USB port of a US Robotics router.

I tried several combinations of:


  • Internet Printing Protocol (IPP)
  • Line Printer Daemon (LPD)
  • HP JetDirect (socket)



  • HP OfficeJet 5600 Series

Whenever I try to print, it fails while saying "connected to printer" or "Printer is busy...zill try again in X seconds"

Both Windows 7 and Windows XP computers on the network can successfully access this printer, identifying it as "HP5610 on"

I tried clearing all tasks and printers (ctrl-click in the menu), and resetting it to (socket,, HP5600 series) but to no success.

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  1. Make sure your printer is on and connected to the USB port on the router.
  2. In OS X go to System Preferences.
  3. Click on Print & Fax.
  4. Click the lock (to unlock) to make changes. Enter your password if you need to.
  5. Click on the plus (+) sign at the left to add a printer.
  6. In Leopard/Snow Leopard click on the IP tab.
  7. In the Protocol drop down, select HP JetDirect - Socket.
  8. In the Address drop down, type the IP Address of your printer (
  9. Leave Queue blank.
  10. Give a descriptive name [Network Printer].
  11. Give a descriptive location.
  12. In the Print Using drop down either select your driver or choose the "select a driver to use" option.
  13. Choose the appropriate driver for your printer.
  14. Press OK and then click Add.

That should do it. Always add a new printer instead of modifying an existing configuration. Click the lock to apply and save your changes.

Source: (Configuring a Printer in Mac OS X)

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