Understanding attachment types for PSF actual destinations
The attachment type for an actual destination defines how the printer device attaches to the Windows system and communicates with InfoPrint Manager for Windows. Based on the printer device, the attachment type is one of these:
- The printer device communicates using IPDS and attaches to the Windows system through the TCP/IP network. To create the actual destination, you must specify
the Internet Protocol (IP) address of the printer device and the port number through
which InfoPrint Manager communicates with the device. The port number for TCP/IP-attached printers is an integer from 5001 to 65535.
Note: If you have trouble connecting with a printer, you might want to increase the number of connection retries. To do this, you can edit the Registry on your Windows server and set the TcpMaxDataRetransmissions TCP value to '8' instead of the default of '5'. To edit the registry, you should use the Microsoft document TCP/IP and NBT Configuration Parameters for Windows (Q120642), which is available in an HTML version from their Web site at
http://support.microsoft.com/You can access this document by searching on the document number (Q120642).
- Before you create a PSF command actual destination, you must attach the printer device as specified by its documentation. If you are using this device for converting data to PCL to print on a PCL printer, make sure that you review Processing concerns when using the PCL Secondary.
- The PCL printer device communicates using TCP/IP or attaches directly to the Windows system through a parallel or serial port. To create the actual destination, you must specify the port associated with a port monitor needed to operate the PCL printer. If you are using this device for converting data to PCL to print on a PCL printer, make sure that you review Processing concerns when using the PCL Secondary.
Use Selecting an attachment type for PSF actual destinations to determine the appropriate attachment type for PSF actual destinations.
Selecting an attachment type for PSF actual destinations
|If you are sending this data stream to the printer:||IPDS||PCL4, PCL5, PCL5c, PCL6 or PPDS||PCL4, PCL5, PCL5c, PCL6 or PPDS|
|and you are going to attach the printer to the system where InfoPrint Manager is running this way:||over the TCP/IP network||over the TCP/IP network OR directly attaching it through a parallel or serial port||over the TCP/IP network using a command such as lpr to submit jobs to it|
|Select this attachment type:||TCP/IP||Other-driver||Command|
To configure a PSF-other Driver printer to not transform certain input data formats, you use the InfoPrint Manager Administration GUI to do this configuration task. After you create the PSF Other-Driver attached printer with the Create Printer Wizard, you must go into the Printer Properties notebook for the printer and modify the Formats to RIP at destination field to configure your actual destination for passthru PCL and PostScript jobs. The Formats to RIP at destination field can be found on the Document tab of the Printer Properties notebook when all the available properties are displayed. It might be necessary to click Show More to display all the printer properties.
Highlight both PCL and the PostScript (or only one of the two, depending upon what data types your actual destination supports natively) from the Formats to RIP at destination list of possible values, and click on the Add>> button.
You can specify other values besides PCL and PostScript because you might have a destination that can accept them directly. For example, your printer might accept PDF or ASCII.