After logging in to the ThinPrint Hub’s web console, select the Printers menu item.
Here you will find the following tabs:
- Printers: View printer status and make settings
- Find Printers: Search for printers in the Hub’s local subnet
- Global SNMP Settings: Setup which protocol is used as default when contacting a printer to get status information via SNMP
The following functions are available in the Printers menu of the ThinPrint Hub’s web console (Illus. below):
|Default||indicates the current printer for the ThinPrint Client
(print jobs with missing printer ID will be sent here)
|ID||ID the printer’s identification number
(on the ThinPrint Client); see the ThinPrint Engine on print servers
|Printer name||the name of this printer|
|Status||shows the actual printer status
1 or more warnings
|Driver name||the name of the printer driver
(info field for Management Services)
|Port||printer port / print protocol
TCP/IP: Standard TCP/IP
USB: the ThinPrint Hub’s USB port
|Printer address||the address of the network printer or a print server|
|TCP port, queue name or USB printer for Port (see above)||TCP/IP: TCP-Port (9100)
LPR: Queue-Name (of LPD)
USB: USB printer
|Add printer||adds a new line|
|removes the indicated line (and adds the printer to the list of found but hidden printers)|
|Remove all||removes all lines (and adds the printers to the list of found but hidden printers)|
|Save||saves the printer list|
|Cancel||cancels the operation|
By clicking on the status symbol a new window will appear which contains more detailed status information about the specific printer.
Alternatively you can hover over the status symbol to get a short first look about the status of the printer.
(here: HP Color LaserJet CP3505dn)
|Provides the printer name as well as a hyperlink to the configuration website of the printer|
|Network||IP address of the printer|
|Name||Received name from the printer (can be edited at the configuration website of the printer)|
|Status||Actual status of the printer:
|SNMP settings||Shows the used protocol settings for this printer
If you click on Printer specific you can configure which protocol should be used to contact the printer and ask for status information.
SNMP version 1 & 2c
It’s the easiest but an unsafe way to get status information about printer’s. To configure it you have to setup a community name for the printers which should provide the information. The same community name has to be configured at the ThinPrint Hub’s web interface (illustration Printer Monitoring below).
Printer and Hub will communicate in clear text.
SNMP version 3
This kind of protocol is much safer as SNMP version 1 or 2c. You have to authenticate yourself with user name and password. The password will be encrypted as MD5 hash or SHA hash.
Optional you can setup a privacy passphrase which is encrypted via AES or DES to provide such more safety (see the Global SNMP Settings tab).
Find Printers tab
On this tab you can search for printers in the Hub’s local subnet. Supported protocols for discovery are Bonjour and mDNS.
|Checkbox Find printers||enables the automatic printer search function|
|Checkbox Automatically add printers to the printer list||immediately moves all found printers from the Find Printers list to the Printers list and marks the as|
|Use Printer||• shows the selected printers in the Printers tab
• Afterwards, these Printers are not displayed until they are deleted in Printers.
|Hide/show||marks the selected printers as hidden or cancels it|
|With/out hidden||• displays or hides the marked printers
• hidden printers appear gray highlighted (illustration below)
|Refresh||starts the search function again|
|filter function to display only specific printers|
|X||cancels the filtering|
Global SNMP Settings tab
On this tab you can setup which protocol is used as default when contacting a printer to get status information via SNMP.
You can select:
- SNMP version 1 & 2c
- SNMP version 3
|SNMP version 1 & 2c
Setup the community which should be used for printer monitoring. You have to setup this community name at all printers you want to monitor.
|SNMP version 3
|user name which will be used for identification at the printer|
|Authentication type||you can choose between 2 encryption algorithms
• MD5 (Use only for test purposes)
|Authentication passphrase||password which will be used for authentication at the printer|
|Privacy type||You can choose between 2 encryption algorithms:
|Privacy passphrase||password which will be used for encrypting your SNMP queries
|Save||saves your settings|
|Cancel||cancels the operation|
Furthermore, the hub can be configured as an SNMP proxy.
This makes it possible to query the Hub via SNMP and in this way obtain the status information about all printers previously set up on it.