Without print servers

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Without print servers

You use no print servers in your network neighborhood. Users send print jobs to printers directly by their IP addresses or to printers that are connected locally to workstations via USB, LPT, etc., instead of printing on the print server (for example, \\printserver\shared_printer).

 

Suppose there are two printers connected to John's workstation: a network one that is accessed by its IP address (for example, HP LaserJet 8150 Series PCL6) and a local one (Epson FX-1180) that is connected via a USB cable (fig. 2.7.7). Note that both printers have the icon of a locally connected printer.

 

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Fig. 2.7.7. Local printers

 

Suppose Accurate Printer Monitor is installed on the central computer named \\centralcomputer.

 

1. Enable the TCP server mode in Accurate Printer Monitor as described in the "Remote client usage" section to receive data from remote clients.

 

2. Install the remote client on John's computer as described in the "Remote client usage" section. Configure the remote client on John's computer to send data to the central computer \\centralcomputer by specifying its IP address.

 

3. Once started, the remote client automatically gets the list of all local printers and monitors them. If new local printers are added while the client is running, the client will automatically add them to the list of monitored printers. By default, the remote client is installed as a Windows service is runs in the background mode.

 

4. If printers on John's computer have shared access and other users without locally connected printers print on these printers, there is no need to install the remote client on those computers. The client on John's computer will monitor the users' names who print on the printers and their location.