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HP Design Jet Constantly Offline

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Design Jet Universal HPGL2
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I have a plotter printer that keeps going offline. It is connected to the network via Ethernet. It has to be restarted and unplugged from the network and plugged back in before it will come online and be able to print to via the network. It takes about 45 minutes for it to appear online and to be usable. In this time it goes offline it is in sleep mode. Not sure if it going into sleep mode is related. Anyone have any ideas?

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Can you share the model of your DesignJet. There are few model that has this issue and its solved with firmware upgrade.



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Check the port type you are using for the driver. Windows 10 loves to use WSD ports but these have a lot of problems with not reconnecting to the printer after sleep mode and then showing the printer offline. I suggest you try using a Standard TCP/IP port as the port type for the driver. 

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Sounds like a possible duplicate IP address issue. If the printer is using DHCP change it to static/manual and assign a static or reserved IP address to it. IT must be static or reserved to avoid duplicate IP issues.


If that's not it then it could be the driver especially if it is loaded on a print server. Make sure the correct driver is being used and there are not remnants of other/older drivers tied to the same IP address.


If you are still having issues try resetting the EEROM in diagnostic mode. You may have to reconfigure IP address and scan to network settings after doing this.


Hope that helps.



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