Pretty much any printer you can connect to the modern version of Windows/95, or whatever you want to call it, if not Windows/95, will work if connected through Access Client Solutions.
On 8/10/2022 5:24 PM, Christopher Bipes wrote:
We generate the labels via an RPGLE program written in house. We use IP connected Kyocera laser printer for the most part. It is configured as an *IPDS *LAN printer using port 5001. Our modern AS400, whatever you want to call it today., if not iSeries. It is a power 9 server running V7.3 of OS400 or whatever you want to call it today. How does one print standard 1 inch high by 4 inch long labels from an RPGLE program.
We just create a standard print file to be sent to the printer. No bar codes, nothing fancy.
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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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