Q: What types of printers does RPM Remote Print Manager® ("RPM") support?
A: RPM doesn't support printers directly, that is, the software knowledge of specific printers is very limited.
We have several modes of operation, so to speak:
- If you send us a format we understand, such as a form of text or SCS or others, we translate that into a form that we can then send to a printer using the driver for that printer. At that point, we don't need to know what type of printer it is so long as the Windows drivers can print to it correctly. We refer to this as text print
- At the opposite end of the spectrum, RPM can send data directly to a printer using a wide variety of protocols. Emphasis is on the word "directly" as we do not need to interpret your print data in order to make this work. We refer to this as raw print although we learned years later that this same term is sometimes used for port 9100 printing.
Our methods for sending data directly to the printer include:
- raw print, using the Windows spooler but bypassing the driver
- LPR (port 515), IP (port 9100), and FTP, if your printer supports that
Note: Some older dot matrix printers may be supported with the "Generic/Text only" driver.