Help answer threads with 0 replies.
Go Back > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Networking
User Name
Linux - Networking This forum is for any issue related to networks or networking.
Routing, network cards, OSI, etc. Anything is fair game.


  Search this Thread
Old 08-11-2004, 03:10 PM   #1
Registered: Sep 2003
Location: Washington
Distribution: Ubuntu, Ubuntu studio
Posts: 80

Rep: Reputation: 17
how many printers should we have?

Now I know this is kind of a dumb/open question, as there really isn't any answer, but -- my boss asked me this question: "Is there an industry standard for a number of printers to a number of users?" A little info: We have about 140 clients on our network, located at 4 sites. Most clients are at one site, the other 3 are satellites. The larger of the satellites is complaining that one printer is insufficient in an area where there are 17 PCs.

Printing is almost 100% black-and-white, reports, letters, etc.

Most of our printers are LJ4000s, and a few newer ones like the 4300. At the present time we have about 16 printers on the network.

Any thoughts, help, recommendations will be greatly appreciated.
Old 08-11-2004, 04:23 PM   #2
Registered: Aug 2002
Posts: 20,106

Rep: Reputation: 3381Reputation: 3381Reputation: 3381Reputation: 3381Reputation: 3381Reputation: 3381Reputation: 3381Reputation: 3381Reputation: 3381Reputation: 3381Reputation: 3381
In my work area of about 40-45 people there is 1 plotter, 3 LJ5s and a color laser printer. We could probably get by with 2 LJs. If you print lots of large documents or anything with lots of graphics one printer isn't enough.
Old 08-11-2004, 05:22 PM   #3
Registered: Nov 2002
Location: Kent, England
Distribution: Debian Testing
Posts: 19,192
Blog Entries: 4

Rep: Reputation: 475Reputation: 475Reputation: 475Reputation: 475Reputation: 475
Depends on your needs - one account I was on had 1 b/w printer between 15 people. And one colour printer per office. This was their standard. If an office had especially high print needs, or the printer would be located too far from some of the office they had more.

It really does depend on what your printing needs are. I'd get the offices to produce a report over a few months to give their average printing requirements (probably higher around thinks like end of financial periods) and then you can make a decision. Look at how far they all have to walk to get a print, who has the highest requirement - 1 or 2 users may be clogging up the works - and things like that.

Also look at how much your company is willing to spend on these extra printers.


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
recommendation on photo printers and general purpose printers raminolta Linux - Hardware 3 01-21-2004 12:27 PM
Printers titfer Linux - Hardware 2 09-09-2003 12:48 PM
Printers Pedroski Linux - Hardware 1 06-23-2002 03:17 AM
printers insmanbob Linux - Hardware 0 06-11-2002 03:07 PM
printers Fried General 1 08-29-2001 07:14 AM > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Networking

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:44 PM.

Main Menu
Write for LQ is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration