Change the Ready Message on an HP Network Printer

Lately, I’ve been having some ”HP printer fun” at work. There is an old hack that can be performed on many HP printers that allows you to customize the  status message of the printer.  It’s accomplished by “TELNETing” into the printer on port 9100 and changing the Ready message to something outrageous.  Before I go any further I want to make the following disclaimers

  1. This is what I did on an HP printer. What I did may not work for your circumstance.  I don’t claim to know your circumstance and I am not recommending you try what I did.
  2. This post is for informational purposes only.  If you choose to do what I did, you are doing so at your own risk. I am not recommending it for you.
  3. The information provided in this post is freely available elsewhere on the internet. I did what I did by reading what other’s had done. I am only reporting my experience of implementing their experiences.

Now that we have that out of the way, let’s move on with my journey into changing the printer status message on HP printers

How I Did It

First I downloaded  and installed Putty from the  Putty Website

I obtained the IP address of my HP Printer.

I launched Putty and….

  • set the Connection type to Telnet,
  • input the IP address of the printer
  • set the Port number to 9100
  • Clicked the Open button














At the console window I typed:


I hit Enter

I typed:


Here is the result








This was a fun little Telnet experiment and what I enjoyed most about it was seeing the messages others came up with.  In my next post I will share my Twenty favorite  Outrageous Printer Status messages.

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