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Which is faster local or network printing

By AllahShabazz ·
I work for a firm whereas there is pretty much all local printers set up. On occasion machine's freeze totally before print jobs. I have found out when they print to networked printer there is no halting of the machines. Is my assumption of local printing takes up more resources from the computer network printing. My thinking has lead me to believe that printing large documents locally slows the computer down. Can someone help me clarify this in my mind. I might just need to hear this from someone else.

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The spooling process can and does slow down PCs

by robo_dev In reply to Which is faster local or ...

But, some low-cost printers do the print formatting in software on the PC (host based drivers). Host based drivers take a lot of processing power.

So the main issue with locally attached printing being slow is due to the speed of the printer and printer driver, not the fact that it is locally attached.

As an experiment, connect one of your LAN printers directly to a PC via USB cable and compare how fast it prints locally versus over the LAN.

You will find that the faster processor and
increased RAM of your LAN printers makes them very very fast local printers.

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I believe you are on track

by bincarnato In reply to Which is faster local or ...

I wouldn't say it is slower as the printer will have a greater effect on the speed that the PC. The issue is that the PC that the local printer is connected to has to use some it's resources to spool the job and send to the printer so in essence you are using resources on two PCs for one print job while printing to a network printer only uses the source PC, assuming you have the network printer installed as a local printer, not as a share off of a server.

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Appreciate the response

by AllahShabazz In reply to I believe you are on trac ...

I appreciate everyone's response. My main problem is PCs freezing while printing some what large pdf's. I changed everything to print on the network instead of locally and the print jobs don't seem to be halting anything at the moment. I just needed to see some opinions to make sure I wasn't going crazy.

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You DO have spooling turned on,

by TonytheTiger In reply to Appreciate the response

don't you?

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Most cheap printers

by TonytheTiger In reply to Which is faster local or ...

(the throwaway HP deskjets, for example) rely on the computer's CPU to do most of the print processing. When you're printing to a shared printer, it's the computer the printer is hooked to that is doing most of the work. So it's not using less resources, just changing the computer from which the resources are used.

(I say throwaway because when it runs out of ink, it's cheaper to throw it away than it is to but new cartridges :) )

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throw away -- lol

by The Scummy One In reply to Most cheap printers

1 comment, while it is rarely cheaper to, it is usually comparable. However, the ink cartridges that comes in the throw away printers is usually not filled very high, in the long run it is usually cheaper to purchase the ink.
However, if the printer malfunctions -- yes, it is much cheaper to purchase a new one rather than fix it.

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Back when we had more 500Cs and 520s

by TonytheTiger In reply to throw away -- lol

I used to fix them all the time... In fact, many of them are still in service. I even "invented" a tool to clean the crud from the rollers.

These new ones though, you can't hardly get them apart without breaking something.

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You didn't ask, but I'm bringing up toner cost anyway.

by CharlieSpencer In reply to Which is faster local or ...

One other factor to consider is the cost of toner.

If you're using the same model of printer for both networking and local print jobs, then this doesn't matter.

If you're using 'true' network printers designed as such, you'll probably find the toner cost is much lower per page than that of the desktop printers normally used for local printing.

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