There are many ways in which a printer might be configured, depending on the type of printer, its capabilities, and how it is attached. This document discusses the most common methods of configuring a printer on an IBM System i.
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There are many ways in which a printer might be configured; it depends on the type of printer, the capabilities of the printer, and how the printer is attached. This document discusses the most common methods of configuring a printer on an IBM System i and the general requirements for each method. For more specific information on requirements, see the documents listed under each method. The documents listed in this document are available at the following Web site:
This document was last updated on 10 September 2012.
Pros and Cons of RMTOUTQ, PJL, and SNMP Printer Configurations
This video shows the benefits and limitations of the three most popular printer configuration methods: Remote Output Queues (RMTOUTQs), *LAN 3812 PJL printer device descriptions, and *LAN 3812 SNMP printer device descriptions.
If Your Printer Is Attached to the Network Using TCP/IP
If your printer is attached to the network and is using TCP/IP to connect, the options for configuring the printer are:
|o||A Remote Output Queue (RMTOUTQ)|
|o||A *LAN 3812 PJL device description|
|o||A *LAN 3812 SNMP device description|
|o||A *LAN 3812 IPP device description|
|o||A *LAN *IPDS device description|
For information on ASCII printers from various manufacturers, in particular on whether they can be configured using a *LAN 3812 PJL device description, *LAN 3812 SNMP device description, *LAN 3812 IPP device description, or Remote Output Queue (RMTOUTQ), refer to the following documents in the Rochester Support Center knowledgebase:
New, Information on Printers from Various Manufacturers :
New, Printer Model Settings for Host Print Transform (HPT):
The requirements for all network-attached printers using TCP/IP are that the network adapter is compatible with the printer and it has a static TCP/IP address. The sections on the various options will list some additional requirements for that type of configuration.
If Your Printer Is Attached to the Network and Using the Lexlink Protocol
The requirement for this configuration is that the printer is attached to a Lexmark network adapter that can use the Lexlink protocol, such as the Lexmark MarkNet XLE or the MarkNet Pro, or that it is a Lexmark printer with an internal Lexmark network card. The Lexlink protocol cannot be routed across networks, so the router would need to be configured to bridge the Lexlink protocol.
For information on configuring *LAN 3812 Lexlink device descriptions, refer to the following document:
New, Configuring Internal and External *LEXLINK Device Descriptions:
If Your Printer Is Attached to the Network and Using SNA
The requirements for printing using SNA are that a communications line, controller, and device description are configured for APPC or APPN support. Also, the IBM-supplied subsystems QSNADS and QSYSWRK, the Mail Server Framework job QMSF, and the Object Distribution job QNFTP all must be active. For additional assistance configuring or troubleshooting SNA, contact the Peer queue.
For information on configuration communicating over SNADS, refer to the following documents:
New, Printer Passthrough or Remote Output Queues:
N1010256, Creating a Dummy Device Description to Use With a Remote Output Queue (RMTOUTQ):
N1018347, Configure SNADS and Setting Up SNA Distribution Services :
New, SNADS - Basic Troubleshooting Process:
If Your Printer Is Twinax Attached
If the printer is twinax attached to a dumb terminal or to a controller, the best way to configure this is to let it autoconfigure. The system value QAUTOCFG must be turned on. The address set for the printer must be available. For a printer attached to a dumb terminal, some additional setup might need to be done on the dumb terminal. If the printer is twinax attached to a remote workstation controller, it will autoconfigure if it is a 5494 controller.
If the printer is attached to a 5294 or 5394 controller, it must be configured manually. For additional assistance configuring a printer on one of the remote workstation controllers, contact the RWS queue.
For information on configuring devices on a remote workstation controller, refer to the following documents:
N1017905, 5394 Detailed Configuration for X.21 (No OS/400 Information):
N1017906, 5394 Detailed Configuration for X.25 (No OS/400 Information):
For ASCII printers, Host Print Transform can be turned on after the device description has been configured. The appropriate Manufacturer Type and Model for the printer must be specified. For IPDS printers, Advanced Function Printing can be turned on if the Print Services Facility (PSF/400) is installed.
If Your Printer Is Attached to a PC
An emulation program must be run on the PC to allow the IBM i system (or IBM iSeries system) to print to it. This emulation program can be IBM iSeries Access or some other emulation program that can create a printer session and configure a device on the IBM i system. The type of emulation program used might have its own special requirements, so refer to the documentation for the program. Refer to Rochester Support knowledgebase document # 6163631 for additional information on connection and configuration methods not mentioned here.
For information on printing on a PC running Client Access/400, refer to the following documents:
New, System i Access for Windows: Configuring a PC5250 Printer Session:
New, Capabilities and Limitations of Printing when Using iSeries Access for Windows:
N1016708, iSeries Access: Configuring a PC5250 Multiple Sessions Batch File :
If You Are Printing from a PC to a Printer on an IBM i System
Depending upon the version of System i Access for Windows (also known as iSeries Access for Windows or Client Access/400 in earlier versions), the printer can be installed on the PC as a network printer or it can be set up under IBM AS/400 NetServer or IBM iSeries NetServer. Refer to the documentation for the version of Client Access or iSeries Access for the requirements.
For information on configuring an AS/400 NetServer or iSeries NetServer print share, refer to the following documents:
New, Creating iSeries NetServer Printer Shares:
New, Adding a Printer that Uses an iSeries NetServer Share:
New, Configuring Windows 95/98/NT/2000/XP to Fax PC Output Using Fax/400 and IBM iSeries NetServer:
For information on configuring a Network Printer using R320 Client Access for Windows 95/NT (5769-XD1), refer to the following documents:
10024335, Installing a Network Printer on Windows 95/98:
13180855, Installing a Network Printer on Windows NT:
If You Are Converting Spooled Files to PDF instead of Printing them to a Printer
The IBM Infoprint Server for iSeries product (5722IP1) that can be used to convert spooled files to Adobe Acrobat PDF format and optionally send the PDF file in an email, store the PDF file in a stream file in the Integrated File System (IFS), store the PDF file is a *USERASCII spooled file, or a combination of these.
For information on configuring a *LAN IPDS device description and PSF Configuration (PSFCFG) object that uses Infoprint Server to convert spooled files to PDF, refer to the following documents:
New: Configuring a *LAN IPDS Device Description for E-Mail Function of InfoPrint Server
N1015196: Configuring an *IPDS Device Description for PDF Transform Function of IBM® Infoprint® Server (Without a Mapping Object)
For more information on Infoprint Server, refer to the following document which summarizes all of the reference materials available for this product:
New, Finding Additional Information for Infoprint Server and PDF Mapping Exit Programs:
New, Support for Various ASCII Printers:
Recommended Fixes (PTFs)
For a list of the latest PTFs refer to the Recommended Fixes Web site, which is available at: