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How to auto extract monochrome and color meter readings from a Xerox WorkCentre 7855 MultiFunctional Device via a batch job and dump into Excel 2010 Spreadsheet

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I have to do meter reding each month and I would like to find a way to auto extract monochrome and color meter readings from a Xerox WorkCentre 7855 MultiFunctional Device via a batch job and dump into Excel 2010 Spreadsheet.

Does anyone know if this can be done?

Thank you,
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If there is a method, I'd imagine that it would involve using Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) requests.

Try to obtain a  Management Information Base (MIB) file pertinent to your device.
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DansDadUK's method will work, but it's not easy. I suppose you could also use something like AutoHotkey to create a macro that will get the information via your browser and the printer's web page.

A better way would be to use software like Xerox' CentreWareWeb to get the info for you. It will email you a CSV file at preset times - and can do lots of other things besides. It's a free download.
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I'd hazard a guess that the CentreWareWeb application uses SNMP to obtain information from each printer.

If it does the job, then there is no point in trying to do the lower-level work yourself.
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These are both great Ideas!!!!!!  Our machines are locked down, but I'll try to get CentreWareWeb.
In addtion, I'd like to know more about the Management Information Base (MIB) file. Is this easy to obtain and how would I do that?
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Not sure whether or not Xerox publish any model-specific MIB files.

For general printer MIB data, read the RFCs: RFC 2790 and RFC 1759 v.2 would appear to be the relevant ones.

You could try to use snmpwalk to return all of the OIDs supported by the device, but without reference to a relevant MIB file, the output may be rather difficult to interpret.
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The "WorkCentre 7830/7835/7845/7855 Information Assurance Disclosure Paper" lists the supported MIBs in Appendix B.
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Of course, CentreWareWeb uses SNMP to get the info from the printers.
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Thank you both so much for the information! I should be able to investigate the information provided to come up with a solution. :-)
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