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R-Comp Interactive announce major network printing development

By Chris Williams. Published: 5th Feb 20:22:27 | Permalink | Printable

Taken directly from their usenet posting, RCI are pleased to announce the availability of network print server boxes to complement the Network Printer Driver software which they announced
last year. The print servers will cater for RISC OS, Windows, Linux, Mac and other systems.

Network Print Server boxes provide an easy way to network existing "printer port"-style printers. The boxes allow for two parallel port printers, and one serial port printer (if you still have any!). They are very quick and easy to install and set up, and remove the burden of print sharing from individual machines. This means that you don't need extra machines booted up before printing can begin.

Features include:

  • Support for many operating systems/platforms for fully cross-platform printer sharing
  • 2 parallel and 1 serial printer connections
  • Includes full RISC OS documentation
  • Provides automatic background printing - because of the way network printing works, the drivers automatically spool to disc, then print in the background across the network.
  • Future proof - you can attach standard "printer port" printers to the box, and change them when you wish. Thus your investment in the print server network box is protected.
  • Reliable - unlike using a computer as a print server machine, these boxes are designed specifically for the job, making them reliable and effective.
  • Available in 10Mb and 100Mb versions. 10Mb version supports both 10base2 and 10baseT network connections (ie. BNC and RJ45 twisted pair connections).

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to get in touch with
us by phone or email as usual.

In most cases, the printer port speed is likely to be the bottleneck rather than the network connection speed. It is worth noting that even so, the print speed should be faster than connecting the printer to a RiscPC etc. Certainly control will be returned to the user much more quickly, thanks to the background printing from all programs.

R-Comp Interactive: www.rcomp.co.uk

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