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Printing from serial to LAN

By glen ·
Hello,
We have a client who runs a day surgery, one of the pieces of equipment in the operating theatre is required to print to a network printer, the equipment in question only has serial output and runs a proprietry OS and can only output "raw" data via the serial port, network printers are largely HP, with built in RJ45, SBS2003 for the server, any suggestions on how to make this "beast" print would be appreciated, initial thoughts were to attach an old PC to the serial port and have it pass the data straight to the printer, not unlike the old Novell print servers...
Thanks!

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Something like this should work

by Jacky Howe In reply to Printing from serial to L ...

HP J4135A Jetdirect Print Server it features Serial Connection.

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This might be of interest to you..

http://www.perle.com/products/Terminal-Server.shtml?source=google&group=WesternEuropeServers&campaign=seriallan&gclid=CM_N8rruoJMCFQcguwodBCpHsw

Please post back if you have any more problems or questions.

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Thanks for the help!

by glen In reply to Printing from serial to L ...

Thanks for the suggestions, the device server is probably more practical due to the physical seperation of "machine" and printer, using the JetDirect card would require (i'm guessing a little here), using a media conerter from RS232 to ethernet, then again on the other end back to RS232. It appears as though the device server will essentially fire the raw data wherever I tell it too, will be interesting to see how/if it all works! Thanks again for the replies. Much appreciated!

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