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connect to a network printer via script

Posted on 2004-04-12
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Hallo experts!
I'd need a script from which users can connect to a network printer.
Actually there will be a HTML page with many hyperlinks (and many similar scripts), one for each network printer: I wish users could just choose the needed printer, click on the link and get the job done by the script.

                               thanks for your help!

                                                                   Akelaxvi
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You cannot set the print options from script it has to be done with the printer dialog that comes up when they print by either clicking the print icon or using a window.print() instruciton in script.  Might be possible with activeX, but not with conventional web page scripting.

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Well, I don't want to set the print options of a network printer; it would be enough to connect to it.
I found something similar here:

http://www.experts-exchange.com/Web/Web_Languages/HTML/Q_20621146.html?query=printer+via+hyperlink&searchType=all
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but that's not definitive.
I'd like the ActiveX control method or a server side script (ASP.net?).
Any working solution?

                                                                           thanks

                                                                            Akelaxvi
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This is the activeX most commonly associated with printing.  Take a look and see if it is what you need :

http://www.meadroid.com/scriptx/index.asp

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by:akelaxvi
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Hello,
here what I found (tested with IIS 6.0, XP home and Pro):

1) create a simple .BAT or .CMD script like: start \\server1\printshare1
2)put that file into a real or virtual directory of the web site
3) hyperlink that file from the webpage as usual: href="/directoryname/scriptname.BAT (or .CMD)
4) in order to get the script executed when users click on it, into IIS open the properties window of the directory containing the script, choose HTTP headers, then MIME Types, then New and set: extension  =    .*  and MIME type =   application/octet-stream

Users need access right to the folder containing the script and manage printer right on the printer installed by the script.

Works for me, hope helps you!

Akelaxvi
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