FreeBSD based, standalone, print server

Graeme Dargie arab at
Thu Oct 25 12:23:36 UTC 2012

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-freebsd-questions at [mailto:owner-freebsd-questions at] On Behalf Of Olivier Nicole
Sent: 25 October 2012 10:21
To: freebsd-questions at
Subject: FreeBSD based, standalone, print server


The network card on my HP 4300 is definitely dead. All I am left with is a... parallel port!

But the printer is still working fine, printing fast and in good quality.

I don't want to invest in a new network card though, while I have a bunchg of old systems lying around.

Solutions are:

1) I set-up a small FreeBSD box, with printer spooler, and all my
   quota stuff;

2) I find a solution to bridge the parallel port and the ethernet
   port. This is more exciting and I keep the quota and spooling on
   the original print server.

Any cue for the option 2?

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You might be able to dig up a network to parallel port jet direct box fairly cheap from a well known auction site.



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