network hook up for Win 10 laptop on Freebsd

Valeri Galtsev galtsev at
Wed Jun 29 04:26:39 UTC 2016

On Tue, June 28, 2016 10:05 pm, Warren Block wrote:
> On Tue, 28 Jun 2016, Valeri Galtsev wrote:
>> They didn't change anything. You can create two kind of ports (at least
>> two). Namely: you can create "raw" port, and give there IP address of
>> the
>> printer. This printer has to listen to "jetdirect" port (9100) for this
>> to
>> work. The other way is if printer listens to LPD ("spooler") port (port
>> number 515) (or better: print server, - I usually set up all printer to
>> only accept print jobs from print server - easier to manage especially
>> if
>> something is wrong with some client). In this case, you need to enable
>> two
>> services on Windows side (through "turning on features"): UNIX printing
>> related: "LPD Print Service" and "LPR Port Monitr". This teaches Windows
>> talk UNIX printing language, you then create local port of type LPD (and
>> put remote LPD server's IP there). I found this to be the most robust
>> way
>> of having Windows printing to UNIX print queues.
> I've used raw port 9100 printing to HP JetDirects many times.  It's nice
> because it has no other dependencies.

I agree if you have one to 5 or so clients. If you have 100+ clients, you
better don't let them print directly to the printer, and instead make them
print through print server. One client acts up (say, hits consistently bug
in postscript implementation of the printer that knocks printer out; and
keeps re-sending print job every time you power cycle printer) - you will
see the world of difference. You can pinpoint what comes from which client
if all goes through print server. UNIX machine as print server will
provide you with much more than brainless embedded system printers have
inside. But for few clients, as you said, the effort is not worth it.


Valeri Galtsev
Sr System Administrator
Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics
Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics
University of Chicago
Phone: 773-702-4247

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