What is an embedded Web server?
A Web server provides an environment in which Web programs can run, much in the same way
that an operating system, such as Microsoft® Windows®, provides an environment in which
programs can run on your computer. A Web browser, such as Microsoft Internet Explorer or
Netscape Navigator, can show output from a Web server.
An “embedded” Web server (EWS) resides on a hardware device (such as a printer) or in the
firmware, rather than as software that is loaded on a network server.
The advantage of an embedded Web server is that it provides an interface to the product that
anyone who has a network-connected computer and a standard Web browser can open and
use. No special software needs to be installed or configured.
With the HP Embedded Web Server, you can view product status information, change settings,
and manage the product at your computer.
In this guide, the terms “product” and “device” are sometimes used interchangeably. When
products or devices are discussed in this guide, the information pertains to HP LaserJet printers,
HP color LaserJet printers, and HP LaserJet MFPs unless otherwise noted. For specific
information about what features your printer or MFP supports, see the documentation that came
with your product.