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When you say "works with the iSeries", what do you mean, exactly?
Typically there are two things you need to consider. (1) is there a way
to communicate with the printer? and (2) does your software know how to
generate a print language that the printer will understand?
I don't remember what protocols the iSeries used (remember, the iSeries
was discontinued 16 years ago) but I believe they were the same as those
that today's IBM i supports. Basically, LPR/LPD, JetDirect, SNMP and
IPP. This isn't typically handled by the printer itself, but rather a
"print server" -- an external box that interfaces between the printer
and the network. So the question here isn't whether the printer is
compatible with your IBM i server, but rather if the print server can
speak one or more of the preceding communications protocol, and knows
how to interface with your printer
Once you get past that, the next question is which printer languages you
need to support. IBM i natively supports SCS, IPDS and AFPDS. It also
contains a "host print transform" system that can be used to convert
from AFPDS to some of the others, such as PCL/PJL, PPDS, and others.
If you are using label printing software (such as TL Ashford) that
software will also support additional languages. If you write your own
software, you can program it for any language that you like.
So what, exactly, do you mean by compatible? Does it need to support a
particular language? Is Host Print Transform okay, or does it need to
natively support one of the built in languages, or are you writing the
code and can write for anything, or what...? Do you care which
communication protocol it uses, or is anything that's compatible with
the OS okay with you?
The more detail you provide, the more likely we can offer good advice.
On 8/10/22 4:03 PM, Christopher Bipes wrote:
All I can remember is there is a box that the Ethernet is connected to and the printer connects to that. I would have to look at the configuration to get the details. What I really am looking for is a label printer that works with the iSeries. Forget the Zebra part. What else is out there that someone on this list uses.
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It's been years since I dealt with Zebra printers but I recall them as being SCS. The ZPL drives any "graphical" elements.
I don't ever recall having to configure them as IPDS.
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