I have two PCs and a couple of other devices all connected to my home network along with the Photosmart printer.
I have a simple home network that's probably like everybody else's - a DSL modem and a consumer-grade Linksys firewall/router/wireless access point. Sometimes I could print and sometimes I couldn't. It was very confusing, because sometimes printing worked just fine.
I figured it out - when you installed the HP software on each PC, it writes the DHCP-assigned address of the printer (at the time of install) into etc/hosts.
The IP address of the device written into etc/hosts is the IP address at the time you run the HP install software, but of course because this was temporarily assigned by DHCP, this may no longer be the IP address of the printer the next time you turn on the printer!!
This means the DHCP server will assign the home computer(s) and printer with arbitrary addresses based on the order in which they are powered on. So it is inevitable that at some point the printer will obtain a DHCP-assigned address different than what it was assigned when you installed the HP software, and you won't be able to print!
I'm not a networking expert by any means, but it strikes me as **spectacularly stupid** for the install process to write a temporary, DHCP-assigned address into
etc/hosts, when the device will obtain a new IP address when the DHCP lease expires or the device is restarted!!!
Why does the HP install process *do* this?!?!
Given that the default setting of the printer when you take it out of the box and plug it in is to obtain it's IP address dynamically from a DHCP server, and that pretty much every home customer who buys one of these printers will plug it into a home Linksys or DLink router with a DHCP server, it is really dumb for the HP install process to write this temporarily obtained printer IP address into etc\hosts.
Gee, almost every home user who purchases this printer will connect it to standard home router like a Linksys, which will be configured with DHCP because that's the default for every home router box.
The Photosmart device is a great printer but the software and install appears that it wasn't developed by people who knew anything at all about what they were doing! It certainly wasn't tested in a representative home network.
I have to admit that the last printer I owned was second hand and if it stopped working I kicked it, joogled it around and sometimes held it at an obscure angle until it had finished doing what Id asked it to do.
When I got my shiny new laptop through a work deal over a year ago, I thought I ought to have a printer too, and went for this all-in-one affair. The price was ridiculously low, because it was a work deal, taken off my salary, so I wont tell you what I paid for it, but will give some idea of high street prices later in the review.
Having never owed such a shiny and bright printer before, I approached it with caution, not sure if it would spit ink at me, as my old printer had been known to do. If didnt take very long (about half an hour, actually), for me to fall head over hopeless heels in love with this darling piece of equipment.
It is, in point of fact, the best printer I have ever used, never mind owned. I have printed all sorts out on this over the past 15 months or so, and my original ink cartridge is still in use. Photos, maps, prints of my paintings, letters, essays, recipes, photocopies of important documents, you name it, Ive printed it over the last year.
The print quality is excellent, and the scan function works like a dream! Having got used to using scanners at Uni where I studied Art, I have re-found my enthusiasm for using prints of found objects in my work. Photocopying too is a fine feature of this multi-tasker, as well as faxing. All of which are functions that I have used with great ease and success.
I would give this printer/scanner/copier/fax a full 10/10 for user friendliness, quality, durability and cost. Youre looking at between £160 -£190 for this little beauty if you buy it on the high street and I can tell you it will probably be the best pile of pound notes youve ever spent. 15 months, no breaking, no running out of ink, no problems installing or maintaining, and it looks soooo lovely!
Perhaps the only negative if it can be called that, is the size of the printer. It is a good 20 cm high, and about 46 cm wide, with a depth of about 37 cm, so its a big piece of kit, but to be honest, for the job it does, and the quality of the print, it's not something that bothers me as I have room to spare for it. If you are wanting something functional but compact, this may not be the printer for you, but do consider your space beofre you decide, as there are many good features of this printer that far outweight it's size.
The HP Photoshop 2610 All-in-one comes highly recommended by a very non-technical person (me) who has greatly appreciated the services of a fine and steadfast printer who doesnt require the occasional thump to keep printing, but prints because it just loves to!!!
For the Technical amongst you:
This is a digital copier, weighing in at 8.5 kg, a lovely display panel which tells you what buttons to hit next (very useful when youre not quite sure), USB or Ethernet connectable, I have mine through the Ethernet port, it has a space for memory cards from mobile phones to copy photographs, or you can plug your digital camera straight in to print pictures off, as far as I know its wireless enabled, and its a colour printer too!
Thank you so much for reading! Kate x