TCP/IP is a common (and recommended) method for various types of network printing, especially if your printer is “TCP/IP addressable.” TCP/IP is a fast method for spooling print jobs directly to a printer. Please read more on TCP/IP Printing and other topics such as LPR/LPD, Telnet & JetDirect, IPDS – AFP, and Internet Printing Protocol.
Helpful Network Printing Links
- An Excellent book named “Network Printing” by O’Reilly, shows you how to set up a network printing architecture that supports all kinds of clients
- UIC set of documents describing several network printing options
- Brooks Internet Software develops network printing software that come with “hard-to-find” and “real-world” features
- The FreeBSD Corporate Networker’s Guide to various network printing issues
Network Printing Scenarios
Network printing environments, because of the many systems, users, and requirements involved, must be extremely flexible. Software print servers have been tested and proven in dealing with many important network printing scenarios.
The hub of a print environment is the print server. Choosing a capable, powerful print server is essential. A print server can be either hardware or software. Though both perform similar duties, software print servers are generally more flexible and allow users to perform various functions on incoming print jobs before they are passed to a printer or to file.
Brooks Internet Software has developed an affordable print sever that will run on any Windows platform. RPM adds flexibility to the printing process by allowing the end user to customize every print job, unlike other software packages with little flexibility or hardware solutions that cost much more and have far fewer options.
Network and Windows Printing Queues
Print queues are simply the folders where print jobs are stored until they are ready to be processed or printed; with the use of software print servers, functions can be performed on these jobs including formatting, translations, and third-party application transformations. Learn more about using print queues to transform print jobs.