Creating a Windows LPR Printer

The purpose of this document is to assist you in configuring your computer running Windows 2000 or later to print through RPM Remote Print Manager® (RPM). It is intended for network and systems administrators. For these instructions, you need to know the IP address or DNS hostname of the computer on which RPM is installed.

Creating a Queue in RPM

  1. In RPM, choose Create from the Queue menu.
  2. Enter the name of the new queue you wish to add and click Create. The new queue will be created.
  3. Highlight the queue and choose Settings from the Queue menu. Add the action(s) necessary to produce your desired results. For instance, if you want to archive the file to disk, add Archive to disk. If you want to print the documents, choose a Raw printer action.
  4. Now add any transforms you require. Windows applications send complex print data, which can limit the number of useful transforms. Using transforms such as converting to PDF or removing PCL codes may not produce desirable results.

Note: These instructions are intended to provide only a brief introduction on RPM configuration. For more detailed instructions, refer to the RPM manual.

Creating a Windows LPR Printer

  1. Open the Windows Devices & Printers utility.  Click the Add a Printer link. Window may search for and display a list of printers from which to choose.  Click The printer that I want isn't listed.
  2. You may then be prompted to find a printer by other options.  Select Add a local printer or network printer with manual settings and click Next.
  3. Select Create a new port and Standard TCP/IP Port from the types of ports listed.  Click Next.
  4. Enter the hostname or IP address of the RPM host in the Hostname or IP Address field. You may either accept the default port name or enter another name.  You might also deselect Query the printer and automatically select the driver to use and click Next.
  5. Windows attempts to detect the TCP/IP port, but will eventually time out and request additional port information.  Choose Custom and click Settings.
  6. Select the LPR protocol, enter the RPM queue name in the Queue Name field. LPR byte counting enabled should be selected.  SNMP Status Enabled should not be selected. Click OK when finished. Click Next.
  7. Follow the remainder of the Add Printer wizard selecting the correct printer driver and other optional desired settings.

Alternative: print raw to RPM

You probably noticed that the dialog has a "Raw" option as well as LPR. You can use that with RPM as well.

It is easy to set up RPM to listen for raw print jobs on port 9100 or any other port. However, you will need to do a little bit of setup as RPM does not have port 9100 enabled by default (in case you have other software listening on that port).

Please see the Direct socket setup page for instructions.