We have two HP plotters and one Some Other Brand.... As well as a line
printer and an old laserjet. The throughput is critical on the
plotters, so a large (upgradeable) buffer would be nice.
I use both the Win32/AutoCAD 2000 HP drivers as well as Linux's
Ghostscript to drive the plotters.
OTOH, I am using a jetdirect interface on our laserprinter, and HP has
prety good support for it. Web interface, linux-based management
software, etc. You have to dig on the web site, but the software is
there, and it's kept current.
Thanks for the advice.
> I have used HP's in a variety of environments, including an Architectural
> firm running an HP 400 series plotter with 4 drafters pointing to a single
> HP print server. They are using RH6.1 on a Dell as a file and print server.
> They only print documents to a Lexmark Optra R + using HP4 drivers on the
> Linux queue. Works fine.
> HP makes a 3 parallel port model -
> Using the HP print server allows them to use the native HP drivers (they are
> using ACAD2000 & R13) to the plotters. Linux does not support HP plotters
> very well.
> We have not had good luck with the Linksys print servers. They have a very
> small buffer and spool slowly to plotters.
> We are not a big fan of HP due to POOR driver support for Linux, but since
> this will effectivly bypass the Linux box and allow you to use your Windows
> ( I made the assumption...) or ACAD drivers to feed the plotters direct. It
> has worked for us so far.
> The down side is that you are limited to the RAM on the print server and the
> spooler of the local workstation (NT??).
> Hope that helps.
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