Multiple Printers

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ilovetopaddleacanoe

23 Dec, 2010 02:34 PM

Hi John
I think a feature that would allow multiple printers would be great. This would allow for greater throughput if it would automatically use the next printer available. Should a printer fail or is busy - also for a longer unattended period between media change.

I see
http://www.frogmorecs.com/printdistributor

has a print fail-over feature - exactly what is needed but too pricey.

What do you think?
Regards
Gary

  1. John Wu closed this discussion on 24 Jan, 2011 04:24 PM.

  2. 1 Posted by SV on 22 Feb, 2011 02:27 AM

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    If you're using windows and you have identical printers, use the printer pooling feature.

  3. 2 Posted by SV on 26 Mar, 2011 05:59 AM

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    To follow up on printer pooling, since I've been messing around with it for my booth setup. There are some good how to guides online, I used this one: http://www.techrepublic.com/article/maximize-printing-efficiency-wi...

    It works well if you have a fast system. Not just reasonably fast- you will need a speedy dual core, I'm guessing a Core 2 Duo at the least. I wouldn't try it with a celeron or sempron. I didn't think it was all that important but apparently in order to convert and send the images to two printers at once really bogs down a system.

    I'm using Canon dye-subs, even though they have 55 second print times, that doesn't count the 30-60 seconds of processing time the computer needs before it starts printing. Sparkbooth lags pretty heavily if I try using printer pooling on my (scavenged for free) 3.2 ghz Pentium 4 with Win XP. I think if I was doing this professionally and you wanted to minimize print time, I'd go for at least an Athlon II X2 or Intel Core i3 setup. I'm just doing friends parties and my wedding reception, and those leeches can wait 90 seconds for their prints.

  4. John Wu closed this discussion on 01 May, 2011 09:21 AM.

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