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Old 09-20-2004, 03:05 PM   #1
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server acting like a printer

Hello all, I have a really tricky question, does anyone know how to make a server act like a Epson LX300 printer?
Let me explain better, I want to print every incoming information thru some port (paralell, serial or ethernet) into a single file.
I work with security and we have a lot of Central Station Receivers that print every info as a backup, but I want to save all the paper and eventually print only what I need, so the server need to fool the receiver acting like a printer.

I hope any one can help me, because if it works, I will save a lot of money, paper, trees...

Old 09-20-2004, 04:31 PM   #2
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Act as a printer for who?
Looking like a network printer for other (windows?) machines?
lprng do acts as a printer server. What you need in other side is that instead of printing to a local port, they should print to a "network port".

Also emulating a printer that is a postscript compliant is a choice that generally makes sense. That way you get a postscript files as an output instead of some proprietary printer-spesific mess.
Old 09-20-2004, 08:38 PM   #3
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Well, it is not really a normal computer, it is a hardware that receives some information thru phone line or radio and sends informations like "account xxxx - 09/20 - 08:30 - alarm disabled", "acount yyyy - 09/20 - 10:25 - door open" to a ms-dos server and to a printer as backup, and I what to quit the printing and save all the info in a file. I supose it uses ms-dos language or something, it's a 10 years old equipment.
I thought something like a printer emulator, but I don't know any.
It would be great if I could use PHP/MYSQL in the future to check all the info.
Thanks for the lprng tip, I will check if it can fit my needs, and if someone have another ideia, it would be great if you post it here.


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