How do I use broadcast printing?

I want to utilize the broadcast printing feature in INTELLIscribe®. What are the requirements and how do you configure the Virtual Printer Port?

The requirements are simple:

  • Install the software on a Windows-based system.
  • Your printers must be attached directly to the network and have TCP/IP support. Or, if you have a software LPD print server such as our RPM Remote Print Manager®, the printer can be attached to the computer where the software is installed.
  • Each printer needs to be the same model, or understand a common printer language such as PCL or PostScript.

Then, you need to create a virtual printer port following these instructions.

  1. In the INTELLIscribe window, choose Add from the Port menu. The Virtual Printer Port Wizard begins. Review the introduction page and click Next to begin
  2. This step requires you to enter a name to associate with the port, the name can contain spaces. Also, you are required to choose how the destinations will be used; Choose broadcast and click Next.
  3. Enter each destination that you need to print to, providing the TCP/IP Address or hostname of the printer, the protocol, and a port number. Once all the destinations are entered, click Next to continue.
  4. Customize protocol specific attributes. When using the LPR/LPD protocol, the Queue Name is a required parameter. Some printers require specific queue names. Consult your documentation, or check our website for the correct LPD queue name.
  5. Finally, open the Windows Printers folder and install a new printer. When you are prompted to select a port where the printer is attached, select the port you named in step 2.