[K12OSN] Introducing ourselves
"Terrell Prudé Jr."
microman at cmosnetworks.com
Wed Apr 8 16:16:48 UTC 2009
Ah yes, budgetary issues do get in our way sometimes, don't they? :-)
Fortunately, there are inexpensive devices called "print servers" that
can turn any printer with a parallel or USB interface into a network
printer. This is very useful for "older" printers that don't have
The device that I use is the TrendNet TE100 series. Since my printer is
an HP LaserJet 6L (a parallel printer), I use the model TE100-P1P. For
USB printers, you'd use the TE100-P1U. Either version should be less
than US $50.00. I found my TE100-P1P for US $35 on sale last year, and
the devices have proved to be very Linux-friendly.
Here's a link. They have them in both wireless and wired Ethernet. I
much, MUCH prefer the wired versions.
Do you GNU <http://www.gnu.org>?
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Gianugo Altieri wrote:
> Hi Terrell,
> thanks for your help. Sure I will follow your suggestion and, in
> future, buy printers with on-board Ethernet, but for the time being
> I'm stuck to the current HP LJ 1015 and CM 1312, and there's no budget
> for more... A possibility is to let a chubby terminal to act as a
> printing server. In fact, my Fedora 8 PC that shares the CM 1312
> printer is visible by both server and thin clients and everyone can
> print on it. Yet, it still tastes of centralized printing, not exactly
> the same as enjoying local printers.
> Terrell Prudé Jr. ha scritto:
>> Gianugo Altieri wrote:
>>> I have a couple of wishes in my list, for K12. First of all, I
>>> would like to be able to connect printers to thin clients. In fact,
>>> for safety reasons, server resides in a closed room, and it would be
>>> impractical to connect a printer to it. A convenient location for
>>> printers would be beside clients, but it seems clients cannot "see"
>>> USB printers, or at least our HP laser. Strangely enough, clients
>>> recognize USB pen-drives, but not USB external DVD readers, so I
>>> can't figure out why some USB peripherals are working ad some aren't.
>> Hello and welcome, Gianugo,
>> An easier idea might be to get some network printers, i. e. printers
>> with network cards in them. Then, you can place the printers
>> wherever you want, including beside a client if you wish, but they
>> would still be "connected" to the K12 server through Ethernet. This
>> is how we have our printers set up at work, and I do the same at
>> home. It's great.
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