My new HP PhotoSmart C6280 printer is connected directly to our network. Today I discovered that it has a built-in Web interface. To access it:
- Open your Web browser.
- Enter the printer's TCP/IP address, which probably starts with http://192.168.1. and ends with a number like 3 or 15. (The printer's control panel will tell you the address under Setup | Network. Windows might tell it to you too, under its list of network devices.)
The Web interface is useful for controlling the printer from any computer, such as checking the level of its inkjet cartridges. Then I found that HP threw in a scan-over-the-Web option. Itlets you use the printer's built-in scanner to scan to any computer on your home or office network.
That gave me an idea: I wonder if I could use Webscan to scan to my Asus EEE netbook? I could. Here's how:
1. In the Asus Eee, start FireFox.
2. Enter the printer's TCP/IP address, as noted above.
3. Under the Information tab, click Webscan.
4. Click Preview to make sure it works.
5. Click Scan to do the scan. You will have to give FireFox permission to open the scan in another window.
6. When the scan is done, right-click, and then choose Save Image As from the shortcut menu.
This is another example of how the Web is making us less dependent on Windows, thankfully.