|Intel® NetportExpress™ PRO and PRO/100 Print Servers|
|Setting up With Solaris* 2.x|
Configuring the NetportExpress PRO or PRO/100 print server
You have the option of using the NetPort® Manager or arp and Telnet to configure the NetportExpress PRO or PRO/100 print server.
- If using the internal model of the NetportExpress print server, install the card in the printer. Plug the network cable into a known good network drop and then power on the printer.
If using the external model, plug your NetportExpress print server into a known good network drop. Plug in the power cable and the printer.
- Use the diagnostics button on the NetportExpress print server to verify communications between the NetportExpress print server, the printer and the network.
NOTE: The diagnostics page will only print to printers attached to LPT1 at this time.
NetPort Manager Configuration
- If you have not already done so, install the NetPort® Manager software onto a Windows* workstation. You must use NetPort® Manager release 4.x to configure any of the NetportExpress models. You must also run the software on a Windows workstation which is running NetBEUI as the default protocol.
- Start the NetPort Manager program. The NetportExpress print server will be displayed in the left column.
- Highlight the NetportExpress print server which needs to be configured and then press the Configure Hardware button. Assign an alias name if you would like to. The alias name is a name to use instead of the PRxxxxxx identifier.
- Use the lower half of the screen to set appropriate printer settings for each printer. Set the centronics speeds as outlined below. Do not enable bi-directional communications unless the printer is capable of using this setting.
- For any dot matrix parallel printers, for laser printers at or below the level of an HP III and for inkjet printers, select the Low speed setting.
- For most other printers, select the Medium speed setting.
- For high speed printers, select the High speed setting.
- For any dot matrix printers, be sure there is no check mark in the Autolinefeed box. This will prevent the printer from double line-feeding your text.
- If you will be attaching a serial printer to your NetportExpress print server, make any necessary changes to the Serial Port settings area. Each serial setting must exactly match the settings on the printer.
- Press the Save button.
- Press the Configure Print Services button. Select UNIX* & SNMP and press the Configure button.
- The Location and Contact fields are optional reference fields.
- If you wish to manually assign an IP address to your NetportExpress print server, place a check mark in Manually Assign IP Address in the IP Resolution Options area on the right side of the screen. If this option is not available, remove the check marks from other items in this area first. You can then enter the address in the NetPort print server IP entry area.
- Most installations can disregard the SNMP Communities and SNMP Traps tabs. If your environment requires specific settings, use these screens as necessary.
- Press the Save button to exit the UNIX and SNMP screen.
- Press the Close button to exit the Configure Print Services screen.
- Wait 1 to 2 minutes for the NetportExpress print server to save the configuration.
- Use the Status button from the Main Menu of the NetPort Manager® software to verify the information you have configured is correct.
NOTE: The status screen will always display several hardware settings as "Not configured." This is normal; these are other possible ways in which the print server may be configured. Your status screen may also display NetBIOS: Running. This is also normal.
Configure the Solaris Host
- Login to a Solaris workstation as root.
- Add the NetportExpress print server IP address and hostname to the /etc/hosts file.
- Use the arp command to set the IP address. For example:
arp -s 126.96.36.199 00:A0:C9:1E:55:A3 temp
where 188.8.131.52 is the NetportExpress® print server IP address and 00:A0:C9:1E:55:A3 is the NetportExpress print server network address.
To get the external NetportExpress® print server network address, see the bottom of the print server.
To get the internal NetportExpress® print server network address, press the Diag button to run a diagnostics report.
- On the Solaris 2.x host, for the IP address configured in step 1, assign a unique hostname in the /etc/hosts file. (If using NIS, add the entries there.)
- On the Solaris host, login as root and enter the following commands:
For a POSTSCRIPT printer:
lpsystem -t bsd <NP_HOSTNAME>And/or these commands for a TEXT printer:
lpadmin -p <PRINTER_NAME> -s <NP_HOSTNAME>!<PORT>_PASSTHRU -I
lpsystem -t bsd <NP_HOSTNAME>Where:
lpadmin -p <PRINTER_NAME> -s <NP_HOSTNAME>!<PORT>_TEXT
<NP_HOSTNAME> = hostname for the printer port defined in step 2This step will need to be done for each printer attached to the NetportExpress print server and on each Solaris host using the NetportExpress print server.
<PRINTER_NAME> = name of the print queue being created.
<PORT> = The printer port on the NetportExpress print server you wish to configure, such as LPT1, LPT2, or COM1.
- Test the configuration by first checking network connectivity and then the printer configuration:
ping <NP_HOSTNAME>Where both <NP_HOSTNAME> and <PRINTER_NAME> are the same values as used in the above steps.
lp -d <PRINTER_NAME> /etc/hosts
- See the Solaris main pages on lpsystem and lpadmin for additional options.
An Example configuration:
Where the /etc/hosts file has an entry of:This example defines two printer queues for text and PostScript* printing named intel_TXT and intel_PS respectively. The two print queues represent a single printer attached to one of the ports on the NetportExpress. The NetportExpress print server is defined in the /etc/hosts file as intelp.
lpsystem -t bsd intelp
lpadmin -p intel_PS -s intelp!LPT1_PASSTHRU -I postscript,simple
lpadmin -p intel_TXT -s intelp!COM1_TEXT
lp -d intel_TXT /etc/hosts
This applies to:
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Solution ID: CS-011595|
Date Created: 19-May-2004
Last Modified: 13-Nov-2009