How to Configure SNMP for HP Printers

by Jackson Lewis

Current HP printers come enabled with the Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP). SNMP allows you as the network administrator or printer owner to configure printer settings as well as security using your desktop or laptop computer. Use of SNMP alleviates having to use the built-in menu configuration screen on the HP printer to conduct multicommand set-up steps on the small screen on the printer, making the configuration steps both easier to complete as well as giving you greater access to more complex printer configuration options.

1

Open the SNMP Agent application installed on your computer when running the HP printer installation software CD.

2

Type the following commands in the console window visible on the SNMP agent to configure the HP printer to output log files and enable SNMP management of the printer: syslog-config: 1 syslog-svr: IP-Address-of-your-SYSLOG-server, or localhost set-cmnty-name: My-SNMP-Password (set this to be your desired password on the printer)

3

Disable unnecessary services on the HP printer such as FTP, Internet Printing Protocol, and the Service Location Protocol to prevent the printer from being hacked. To do this, type the following commands in the console window of the SNMP Agent application: passwd: Your-printers-password ipp-config: 0 ftp-config: 0 ews-config: 0 snmp-config: 0

4

Close the SNMP Agent console window by selecting the "FILE->EXIT" menu options of the SNMP Agent application. SNMP is now enabled on your desktop or laptop.

About the Author

Based in Memphis, Jackson Lewis has been writing on technology-related material for 10 years with a recent emphasis on golf and other sports. He has been freelance writing for Demand Media since 2008. Lewis holds a Master of Science in computer science from the United States Naval Postgraduate School.