Defining AFP printer devices

AFP printer devices represent Intelligent Printer Data Stream (IPDS) printers. They print jobs in AFP format, including jobs that have been converted to AFP format.
To define an AFP printer device:
  1. Click the Administration tab.
  2. In the left pane, click Devices → Printers.
  3. Add an AFP printer:
    • To add a Ricoh AFP printer, click Actions → Add → Ricoh → AFP Printer.
    • To add a generic AFP printer, click Actions → Add → Generic → AFP Printer.
  4. Click Add → AFP Printer.
  5. On the General tab, fill in values for all the required fields.
  6. On the Scheduling tab, set values for the properties that you want to use to schedule jobs to this printer. If you leave values blank, they match any value that is set in the corresponding job scheduling properties.

    For example, set these properties to schedule jobs based on media, output bins, and punching and stapling functions of the printer:

    • Media supported
      If you choose specific media, only jobs that use that media can be scheduled to this printer. If you choose Ready media objects, only jobs that require the media that is currently loaded in the printer can be scheduled to the printer. If you choose All media, all jobs can be scheduled to the printer, regardless of what media is actually loaded.
    • Output bins available
      Any output bin that can be installed on the printer is considered available, although on some printers you cannot install all the output bins at the same time.
    • Punch capable
    • Staple capable
  7. On all the tabs, fill in values for any of the optional fields.

    • The default value for the Inactivity timer property is 300 seconds, so Ricoh ProcessDirector releases the connection to the printer after approximately 5 minutes of inactivity. To maintain the connection between Ricoh ProcessDirector and the printer even when it is not actively printing, change that value to 9999.
    • If the Share printer connection property is Yes, the printer driver component of Ricoh ProcessDirector releases control of the printer after a period of inactivity so that the same physical printer can receive jobs from another input source, such as a hot folder. The IPDS printer connection timer property determines how long to wait before releasing control. The IPDS printer connection timer property must be less than the Inactivity timer property. If the IPDS printer connection timer property is greater than the Inactivity timer property, Ricoh ProcessDirector drops the connection before it can share the printer.
    • The default is that the printer driver reports status information in the language that you selected when you installed the Ricoh ProcessDirector server. To receive messages from this printer in a different language, set the Printer language property appropriately.
    • The default value for the Font fidelity property is Continue printing. Do not change this default if IPDS resolution is set to Automatic at the printer console.
    • For the InfoPrint 3000, 4000, 4100, and 5000, make sure that the SNMP agent is enabled on the printer console and that the Use SNMP property is Yes, so that SNMP can configure the printer.

      For migrated printers, Use SNMP is Yes by default.
  8. Click OK.
 
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