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Cutting via a network (Read 2168 times)
17. Oct 2002 at 20:10

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Using SignGo you can send data to cutters connected to different computers on your network. This is achieved using Windows printer sharing. The following step by step procedure explains how to do it. This is a simplified procedure focusing on the configuration of SignGo. For information about configuring your network you should consult the Windows documentation or your system administrator.

For the purposes of this procedure we shall call the computer on which SignGo is installed, the source computer and the computer to which the cutter is attached, the target computer.

Before we begin you should ensure that your Windows network has File and Print sharing enabled. If you already share printers then it is probably OK already. If you are not sure you can check it in your Windows control panel.

The following steps are required:
  • Install a dummy printer on the target computer
  • Install the shared dummy printer onto the source computer
  • Configure SignGo to cut via the network
Note: SignGo cannot communicate directly with cutters over a network. For this reason it is not possible to read back the available cutting area from your cutter, or use cutter calibration for PrintCut.


Installing a dummy printer on the target computer
First, we need to install a shared "dummy printer" onto the target computer. We can then use it over the network to pass data to the cutter.

Note: You may need your Windows installation CD to complete the printer driver installation.
  • From the target computer, Windows Start button choose Settings, followed by Printers. The Printers dialogue appears.
  • Double-click the Add Printers icon. The Add Printer wizard appears.

    Note:The exact sequence of configuration varies according to which version of Windows you are running and is beyond the scope of these instructions. The following steps provide only non-specific guidance about the printer driver installation process.
  • Following the on-screen instructions install the Generic/Text only printer driver. You will need to install it as a Local Printer and choose the output port you want to connect your cutter to. When the Add Printer wizard asks, you should share the printer.

    Tip: Name the printer using an easily recognisable name such as Johns Roland CX-24 for example.
Install the shared dummy printer onto the source computer
It is necessary to install the shared printer driver to the source computer to allow SignGo to send cutting data via your network.
  • From the source computer, Windows Start button choose Settings, followed by Printers. The Printers dialogue appears.
  • Double-click the Add Printers icon. The Add Printer wizard appears.
    Note: The exact sequence of configuration varies according to which version of Windows you are running and is beyond the scope of these instructions. The following steps provide only non-specific guidance about the printer driver installation process.
  • Following the on-screen instructions install the shared network printer driver. You will need to install it as a Network Printer.
    Tip: Browse the network for the printer you installed on the target computer.
Configure SignGo to cut via the network
All that remains is to let SignGo know where to send the cutting data.
  • From the File menu choose Cut. The Cut dialogue appears.
  • Click the Cut tab and then click the Setup button. The driver options dialogue appears.
  • From the Connect drop list choose the shared printer driver you installed earlier.
  • Click OK. You can now cut via the network.
    Note: There may be a short delay between starting the cut job and the cutter beginning to cut whilst Windows routes the data via the Windows printing system.

 
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