What is an embedded Web server?
A Web server provides an environment in which Web programs can run, in much 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, Apple Safari, or Mozilla Firefox,
can show output from a Web server.
An embedded Web server resides on a hardware product (such as a printer) 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 (HP EWS), you can view product status information, change
settings, and manage the product at your computer.
In this guide, the terms "product" and "device" are used interchangeably. When products or
devices are discussed in this guide, the information pertains to HP LaserJet printers or multifunction
peripherals (MFPs), or HP Digital Senders. For specific information about the features that your printer,
MFP, or digital sender supports, see the documentation that came with your product.