Can not install a HP LJ C8550N printer (with Printer Server card) to Windows XPpro

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I have trouble installing a HP Color LaserJet 8550N printer (has JetDirect Printer Server 600N with IP address of 192.168.68.4) to my XPpro PC.
I was stuck when Add Printer Wizard ask me to “specific a Printer”. I selected “Browse for a printer” and came up with nothing (no printer). I tried selecting “Connect to this printer” but I do not know what name to type in (Example is \\server\\printer). I tried selecting “Connect to a printer on the Internet or on a home or office network” but I do not what URL to type in (Example is http://server/printer/myprinter/printer). Therefore, I cancelled the installation.
I had then installed its Printer Utility. The utility is capable of finding the printer and showing me it’s Properties. However, I still ended up with no printer listed to use in Printers and Faxes.
So, XPpro is a step backward in this case.
I could install this printer with printer server on W98/ME because their Add Printer Wizards allow me to use either the IP address or the hardware address to locate the printer server.
I hope I have described my problem well. Please help!

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I usually run a small application (PSAdmin.exe) that came with my printer server. It creates a Network Printer Port.

I install the printer to LPT1 (without the printer connected to the port) and then change the port to the Network Printer Port.
 
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The workaround is to map a local printer to a tcp/ip port as follow:

1) Select to install the printer locally (uncheck detect automatically)
2) Select create new port -> Tcp/ip port and follow the instruction

This should allow you to install a network printer that uses a printer server like jetdirect....
 

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Thank you, PC Wiz.
I finally realized that and it works. Appreciated.

Randy
 
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