We have an HP laserjet III with MBytes of Ram. It is currently
hooked up to a PC parallel port and shared through a switch box. I have
been asked to recommend two alterations.
1) Make the printer a postscript printer
2) Make the printer avialable over the network.
We need : novell printer availability for PCs and lpr
availability for the Unix systems.
For 1 )
a ) What are useful options. I need to trade off cost vs speed.
The main uses will be printing Wordperfect from a Novell
spooler (see below) and ascii and postscript coming in via
lpr. There will be some, but not a lot, of graphics.
b ) Should memory also be upgraded? I am getting conflicting
advice on this.
c ) What are relative costs?
I have been told about 2 choices:
A) Get two old PCs with floppies, (hard disk not required)
put ethernet cards in them and boot one as a dedicated
Novell print server (this one has the printer directly
attached). The other is booted as a GW between lpr and Novell
to route lpr reuests to the novell print server.
B) Milan and Lantronix have advertised hardware which attaches to
the parallel port and ethernet and will spool both Novell and
What experiences have people had with either?
Have they got good security and control over who prints?
Is there a big efficiency concern with either option?
What are the cost tradeoffs?
I will summarise all responses received by Feb. 5.
Thanks for your help.
Information Technology Coordinator, College of Physical and Engineering Science
University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario. N1G 2W1