Network printing issues
Posted on 2007-11-30
We have a Digital Photo lab with 18 computers running XP Pro sp2 and a dedicated switch providing network connectivity to rest of the domain. They print to a high end HP Photosmart Pro B9180 photo printer. This printer is networked but not off of our dedicated print server. It uses HPÃƒÂ¢Ã‚Â€Ã‚Â™s Photosmart software since there is no W2k3 driver. When class is in session with all 18 computers in use, printing is so slow and unreliable it has proved to be useless. However, when one student alone prints after\before class it prints just fine. Network monitor in the computers task manager spikes when sending digital photoÃƒÂ¢Ã‚Â€Ã‚Â™s to this printer. The amount of data being transmitted is very high and put that in combination with 18 other students it becomes a log jam. Printing directly to the printer when connected via usb is fine but not practical for the teacher because the teacher will have to print everyoneÃƒÂ¢Ã‚Â€Ã‚Â™s image one at a time. We are trying to be as efficient as possible.
My question to you is how do you deal with this issue if you have dealt with it at all? Any assistance\experience you can provide is greatly appreciated.