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Updating jetdirect firmware

Initially, a printer needed a separate card for each protocol, such as TCP/IP, IPX/SPX, Apple Talk, or DLC/LLC.

To make sure the Jet Direct Print Server is up to date, HP recommends updating the firmware.

The recommended method for upgrading the embedded Jetdirect Inside firmware is to use the printer RFU.

In 1995, the Ex plus 3 was released, with 3 parallel ports on one network interface, allowing 3 printers to share 1 network address.

1997 saw the new numbering format for both internal and external Jetdirect servers.

The "Jetdirect" designation covers a range of models from the external 1 and 3 port parallel print servers known as the 300x and 500x, to the internal EIO print servers for use with HP printers.

The Jetdirect series also includes wireless print server (Bluetooth, 802.11b and g) models, as well as gigabit Ethernet and IPv6-compliant internal cards.

EIO print servers will not work in LIO slots, nor will the LIO print servers work in EIO slots.

In 2002 HP released the 615n series of Internal EIO print server.

Internals began the 6xx series with the release of the 600n, multi-protocol card that supported TCP/IP, IPX/SPX, DLC/LLC, and Apple Talk over a token-ring network; along with the 1760x series external print server - also multi-protocol.

An Ethernet version of the 600n was released in 1998. 1998 also saw the release of 170x, the first value-line print server aimed at smaller companies that did not necessarily need full networking - only TCP/IP or IPX/SPX support.

Some HP Jetdirect models, depending on their firmware version, can use the HP Jetdirect Embedded Web Server (EWS) to update the firmware remotely for a single printer – no extra software required.