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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 04-25-2005, 10:21 AM Thread Starter
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The ol' company i've been working for always had laser printers on the network. I ususally set them up to connect over ethertalk(appletalk) or good ol IP Printing. Well, we just got another one, and now i have a bunch of different ways to connect. Basically what i'm asking is anyone know if there is one way to connect that STANDS OUT from others?
Here are the types available AND supported in the network:
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I would say TCP/IP but I really have no idea how your network is set up. It would probably bee the best IMHO.

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I would say TCP/IP but I really have no idea how your network is set up. It would probably bee the best IMHO.
any reasons?
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ip is the easiest, and also easily crosses platforms.

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TCP/ip but

if your just a small home network. anything should work fine.

The reason you wouldn't want to use appletalk in corporate environment is because apple talk is very chatty/broadcasting like NetBuei.
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Just what Vcook said... but it is hard to tell without knowing what you are running as far as network traffic and what equipment you have. From your post anything should work fine, but I would still chose IP because communication is a little more traight forward than other protocols.

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It's basically small network about, bout 10 computers. Mostly Macs (os x). Few XP machines. Btw, it's a color laser printer. Basically i'm more curious if there is noticable speed/quality differences. All the above work, just haven't tested it enough to see if one works better than the other.
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The important factor here is how they are all connected? what kind of Switch?

Protocols are just that, different ways of talking. They are not comparable as you might think...

Simple way of looking at it is, IP has an address and it does not need to be checked all the time, Appletalk, netB are more like, "I'm here, are you there" all the time, thus creating more network traffic.

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running a dedicated print server will cue up jobs better than direct IP printing and make driver installation much simpler, but in a 10 computer environment tcp/ip printing makes the most sense.

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if the company ever grows and gets a full time network admin in, protocols like ethertalk will probably be disabled due to the reasons stated above by others. just use the normal lp/lpd functions on the mac. you can setup one of them to be a print spool host if you want
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