Looking for a direct IP Printer setup tool for Windows
Posted on 2012-03-15
Most of the people in our organization use printservers. We'd like to move away from those for a variety of reasons and move to desktops directly printing to printers on the network.
What I'm looking for is some tool/product that makes doing this easier. We don't want to force users to download drivers from the Internet. We'd like to not have them do anything too complicated.
The ideal solution would be something that uses some sort of query against a DB to lookup what's needed and does the rest of the work. Ideally, the product would use their IP address and be able to query for what's close on the network (we have everything organized in subnets by building). Another option would be for them to enter the printer name (which corresponds to our DNS entries) and go from there.
We want to reduces the # of printservers (which are hundreds) and also reduce network traffic. Various other reasons.
So, we want something easy to use (most users aren't technical), relatively quick, that will do the setup for them for this direct from desktop to networked printer work.