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Re: has anyone really solved the "connect printer to update hp instant ink status" problem

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As I'm not near my parents, I decided to try the Fiddler Web Debugger with my Envy 5541 printer, which I know is working normally.


On printer startup it establishes two connections, one to, and one to Both receive HTTP200 return codes.


I'm also seeing the following connections get established which I *think* are being initiated by the printer but I'm not 100% sure:

The above requests are repeated several times, and all get HTTP200 response codes.


This is followed by regular requests being sent to with the following text being sent as a POST request "POST /chat/shortReport?model=K7G89A HTTP/1.1". It also receives a HTTP200 return code.


If I force the printer to search for a software update, I get a similar situation to what you were finding:

GET /pub/inkjet/updates/nb/manifests/b_b_c_p00_ae588a0bceb43af0991579e2c775a435_ae588a0bceb43af0991579e2c75a435 HTTP/1.1

This generates a HTTP301 return code, and is followed by a request to : OR 

GET /pub/inkjet/updates/nb/manifests/b_b_c_p00_ae588a0bceb43af0991579e2c775a435_ae588a0bceb43af0991579e2c775a435 HTTP/1.1.

This generates the HTTP404 return code. The re-direct looks to me like it's being sent to a load balanced IP at the DNS name of the HP server is changing, but the response code is staying the same. To me this looks like the request hasn't succeeded. However, the printer responds that it is running the most up to date software.


So with my ENVY while the instant ink is working, I suspect that software updates are also broken. It does look to me like the ENVY printer is connecting to instant ink in a different way to Officejet printers.


I hope this comparison of the ENVY and Officejet behaviour proves useful to someone.

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My Dad, just called me to say he'd raised a case with HP. The person he spoke to couldn't help him, but promised to get someone to call me back.


He also mentioned that a message had popped up on the printer saying it had successfully enrolled for web services. So I logged into his computer remotely and connected to the printer. Sure enough web services were now showing as enabled. I went onto the Instant Ink website and the printer was now showing as Online, and had updated the print history.


So it looks like this issue may have been resolved.

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