Passthrough printer

Create a Passthrough actual destination to represent a printer that receives untransformed data streams through a Windows port monitor; for example, to send PostScript data to a PostScript printer or to send PCL data to a PCL printer without transforming it. When creating a Passthrough printer, the sides actual destination attribute must be set to the default duplexing value set on the printer.

Note: By default, the Passthrough DSS supports only these data streams:
  • iso-6429
  • PCL
  • PostScript
  • PPDS
  • simple-text (text)

To create a Passthrough actual destination, complete these steps.

  1. Install the Windows Generic/Text Only printer driver.
    1. Use the Windows Add Printer Wizard to create a local printer.
    2. When you have to select a port, select FILE:.
    3. When you have to select the manufacturer and model of the printer, select Generic from the list of manufacturers and Generic/Text Only from the list of models.
    4. Finish the wizard, selecting not to share the printer and not to print a test page.
    5. When you are finished, you can delete the printer; the driver will still be installed.
  2. Attach the printer device as specified by its documentation.
  3. Define a Windows port.

    If you already have a Windows port defined, you are ready to create your Passthrough printer. If you need to create a Windows port, use the InfoPrint Manager Management Console to create a Windows port to communicate with the printer device as follows:

    1. Open the Start menu and click Programs → InfoPrint Manager → Management Console.
    2. Select Edit → New → Windows Port.
    3. In the Create Windows Port dialog, select the appropriate port monitor for your printing environment from the pull-down list and click OK.

      If you are using another InfoPrint network-attached workgroup printer, such as the InfoPrint 2190, use the InfoPrint TCP/IP Network Port Monitor.

      Note: The port monitor that you select determines the next dialog to appear.
    4. Fill in the information that the dialog requires and click OK.

  4. Create a Passthrough printer by completing the worksheet Passthrough destination worksheet and using the Create Printer Wizard in the InfoPrint Manager Administration GUI. (On the menu bar, click Printer → Create → Passthrough.)
    Note: If Passthrough is not shown in the Printer → Create menu, use Printer → Add/Remove Menu Items to add it.

    Passthrough destination worksheet provides the information as prompted by the wizard. For assistance, see the InfoPrint Manager Administration GUI online help.

    If you did not enable the printer with the Create Printer Wizard, use the InfoPrint Manager Administration GUI to enable it.

    To print a test page, see Printing a test job.

Passthrough destination worksheet

Wizard Prompt Description Value
Name The name for the actual destination object. For example, the name you will use for the passthrough printer you just attached.
Note: This name is case-sensitive.
Server The server that controls this actual destination. The server name is the same as the name of the system where the server is installed.
Note: This name is case-sensitive.
Windows port name The name of the Windows port to assign to this destination. Enter the Windows port name that you want to use exactly as it appears to Windows. To determine what ports exist on your server, open the Start menu and click Settings → Printers. On the Printers dialog, click File and click Server Properties. The Print Server Properties dialog box appears where you can click Ports to display the list of available ports.  
TCP/IP address The IP address used to access this printer. This value is used for SNMP printers only.  
Logical destination The logical destination that directs jobs to this actual destination.
Note: This name is case-sensitive.
__ Default __ Other:
Logical destination's server The InfoPrint server that contains the logical destination.
Note: This name is case-sensitive.
Queue The queue that holds jobs destined for this actual destination.
Note: This name is case-sensitive.
__ Default __ Other: