5 firehouses w/in 2.5 miles, either your insurance rates are incredibly low
or your arson rate is incredibly high! <G> Seriously though, you really need
to split this into two questions, 1) How do I print to an IP printer (easy)
and 2) Will the infrastructure stay up in any weather and can I rely on it
for the application regardless of printing.

>From the AS/400's point of view you have an IP connection to the printer,
whether that connection involves wires, wireless, modems, T3s, VPNs or
carrier-pigeons really doesn't matter. However, I would setup a batch job
that 'ping'ed the remote site every 30 seconds or so and if a ping didn't
respond I set off bells, whistles, sirens, clankers and all other noise
makers known to man, because if the ping doesn't work chances are you'll
have a hard time printing.

-Walden


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Walden H Leverich III
President
Tech Software
(516)627-3800 x11
WaldenL@TechSoftInc.com
http://www.TechSoftInc.com



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From: jwalsh@haverfordpolice.org [mailto:jwalsh@haverfordpolice.org]
Sent: Monday, December 10, 2001 13:56
To: midrange-l@midrange.com
Subject: Remote Printing via Wireless


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I need to send printouts from my dispatching software on a 400 to five
remote locations ( fire houses.)  I am entertaining three proposals to
address the connectivity issue.  On of the proposals is to do this using
wireless.  I like the concept because of the ongoing costs.

As I understand this implementation, I can configure the remote printers
with a specified outque name and static IP address.  When the application
sends a printout it will be directed to a specific outque name (the
software app handles based upon data entered.)   The data would be passed
to the NT network and routed via wireless based upon the IP address
established in the printer configuration on the 400.

The os is V4R3 but I will be upgrading to V4R5.
The furthest remote location is 2.5 miles.

Is there any reason I can't configure a printer this way?  Any suggestions
on a low end laser printer will work well with V4R3? Any experience with
wireless printing over this type of distance?

Sergeant John P. Walsh
Haverford Township Police
Havertown, PA 19083
610.853.1298 x 212

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