Printer pooling

Posted on 2009-02-11
Last Modified: 2012-06-27
is it possible to setup a printer pool of local printers and networked printers.  Has anyone ever come across this kind of setup before?? is it even possible? And why would you want to do it in that particular way also??
Question by:McArdleGroup
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    If you have one or more identical printers, printer pooling lets Windows send a print job to whihever printer is available (not busy). That lets print jobs be printed faster, but it means the users may have to check more than 1 printer to get the prints. Also, unless you do a *lot* of printing, most jobs will go to the first printer anyway, so that one will get used by far the most. So your question about why anyone would want to do it using Windows is valid: I can't think of a good reason either. For information on pooling see:

    There is software that does a better job than Windows. See, for example:


    Author Comment

    Thanks for the info,I understand the concept behind printer pooling, guess i could have worded it a bit better, sorry.

    Let me re-phrase, Ive got 10 printers on a desk and I setup 9 of them as network printers and the 10th one is connected directly to a computer on the desk, when setting up the printer pool could the local print device(using microsoft terminology here lol) be part of the same pool as the 9 network printers??  

    Does that make sense?? hope it does, i dont know how else to word it lol.

    Apologies if i havent made myself very clear.
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    Accepted Solution

    Yes it can. as long as it uses the same driver

    Author Closing Comment

    Thanks for the info mate

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