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Print Job Forwarding

Is there a way to forward print jobs to another printer using iPrint?
Basically, if we are servicing a printer and want to put another printer in
its place but don't want to hassle with changing network configurations and
re-downloading different print drivers, how can we forward the print jobs
sent to an iPrint printer to another iPrint printer. Thanks.
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Re: Print Job Forwarding

nw24@calvin.edu wrote:
> Is there a way to forward print jobs to another printer using iPrint?
> Basically, if we are servicing a printer and want to put another printer in
> its place but don't want to hassle with changing network configurations and
> re-downloading different print drivers, how can we forward the print jobs
> sent to an iPrint printer to another iPrint printer. Thanks.


I can think of three options:
#1 The latest NetWare support pack (and future Linux iPrint) will let
you put a forwarding URL on a printer. That will cause the clients to
automatically re-install with the new driver and the new URL. Not quite
what you described, but it should get the same end result

#2 This will only work if jobs created by the old printer's driver can
be sent to the new printer (like if they're the same printer model, or
support the same PostScript features, for example). You can use the LPR
front-end to iPrint on the new printer and have the old printer send
jobs to it. To do that you'd have to configure the new printer to
accept LPR jobs and make sure the LPR front-end runs (LPR2NDPS.NLM on
netware, ilprsrvrd on Linux), then on the old printer you'd have to set
the gateway load string to use the IP address or host name of the new
printer's iPrint server, and put "PRINTERNAME=newPrinter" instead of
PRINTERNAME=PASSTHROUGH, where newPrinter is the name of your new
printer in iPrint.

#3 If the driver for the old printer is compatible with the new printer,
you could just change the gateway load string of the old printer to
print jobs directly to the new printer. Then you'd have two different
spools that go directly to one printer, but unless the printer is very
busy, it shouldn't be much of an issue. The only issue you'd have is
the ordering of the jobs that come out on the printer wouldn't
necessarily be in the same order they were printed (if one spool had
many jobs in it and the other had none, printing to the other might let
your job cut in line, so to speak)

I'd recommend option #1 if possible.. it's the cleanest solution.
Hope that helps.
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