Print server

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A printer server , print server or print server receives print jobs in a computer network and forwards them to a printer or plotter .

Print servers are often implemented as independent devices or dedicated servers . Colloquially, it is understood to mean both the server software and the device ( host ) on which it is executed.

Print servers are used to

Systems and Protocols

The traditional printing system based on the client-server model is the Berkeley Printing System (also LPD / LPR). It was developed for Unix , but is also implemented in Windows NT (and newer). The Server Message Block (SMB) -based file and print services were developed for Windows . They are also available on Unix through Samba . Further protocols for print servers are NetWare NCP, which is based on IPX / SPX or TCP / IP, NetBIOS / NetBEUI via the "NetBIOS Frames Protocol", RAW via TCP Port 9100 and the AppleTalk protocol or the "AppleShare IP Print Server Security" protocol .

The modern Internet Printing Protocol is the basis of CUPS . It is available for practically all Unix-like operating systems ( AIX , Apple Mac OS X , BSD , HP-UX , Linux etc.), but also for Windows (Windows NT 4.0 or higher).


An adapter for IEEE 1284 and WLAN with an integrated print server

Adapters for USB , IEEE-1284 or EIA-232 interfaces of printers in which a print server is integrated are widely used . Such devices use a rudimentary operating system and usually offer a web interface for administration. They are used to provide printers with a network interface.

They are available in different versions:

For use in the private sector or in small offices, there are also routers with an integrated printer server and a USB interface.

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