|A print server is a device for
connecting printers to networks with the purpose of allowing the
printers to be used by many users.
Unlike printer switch boxes, which are simply a convenient way of
quickly moving the cable from PC to PC, a print server in conjunction
with a file server allows true mult-user access.
|The print server operates by
working with a print queue on a file server, as users print from their
workstations the prints are sent to the end of the print queue on the
file server. While this process of queuing continues, the print server
takes the prints from the front of the queue and prints them out.
process has many advantages:
users having to compete for printer time.
from the workstation happens at network speed not the relatively slow
speed of a printer.
can be queued whether the printer is online or not.
management allows prints to be held for printing later - for instance
time shift large print jobs out of office hours and get more
productivity out of your printers.
different workstation and file server operating systems and network
protocols, often simultaneously.
wide range of print servers are available to meet specific needs, all
of which can be configured to your requirements. Full networked print
systems can be configured for you, either using your existing network
resources or as part of your specifications for an InfoShop network project.
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