How to query printers on your network

For best results, you should only use this procedure with printers you know how to find on your network, and which are JetDirect or AppSocket compatible already.

RPM is not intended to test whether a printer is JetDirect compatible. You should work with your network administrator first, and then use RPM when you have a degree of confidence

Fortunately, the installed base for printers you can successfully use with the AppSocket protocol is enormous.

Using the AppSocket form, click the Add button under the Emulation field:

Under Destination Options, enter a hostname or IP address and change the port if needed. Click OK. The user interface launches an application; you'll notice the black window for the command prompt. Nothing should appear if all goes well.

You'll note that the text "hp LaserJet 4200". The printer ID reported by the printer at the address "hp4200" now appears in the setup form.

You can add other emulations now if you wish. I added the address "hp1320". Now if I use the drop list to see which emulations I have available, I get the following:

The AppSocket form now shows emulations you have loaded on this computer. You can switch emulations at any time.

One more button might need explanation. If you select an emulation and click Refresh, the user interface reruns the application to download new settings from the printer.