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How do I recognize a multi-function printing device on a network?

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stevenrhutz

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Post Wed Oct 31, 2007 7:34 am

How do I recognize a multi-function printing device on a network?

Hi all,

I'm currently working on a project where I have to create software that sits on a network and scans the network for a multifunction printing device and then has to pull certain information from this device.

The only way I've located to remotely pick this up is by using nmap on the network, checking for devices that use the printing ports and then identifying them by using a combination of their Mac addresses and their Digital Signatures.

Could anyone advise me on a simpler method for doing so?

Thanx
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Post Wed Oct 31, 2007 9:20 am

Re: How do I recognize a multi-function printing device on a network?

If the device supports SNMP you can use it to pull relevant information from the device. (make sure to change the default community string or better yet if the device supports it use SNMPv3)
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Post Sun Jun 22, 2008 10:35 am

Re: How do I recognize a multi-function printing device on a network?

Yup, I wrote an app very much like this a few years back. It took an IP range and pinged through it. Whenever it found a like IP, it would query for the SNMP description. If the SNMP description looked like a printer, it would query for the other required information via SNMP, then dump all the results into a CSV file. Was a very handy tool.
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LSOChris

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Re: How do I recognize a multi-function printing device on a network?

and the code is located ...  ;D
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Post Sun Jun 22, 2008 5:11 pm

Re: How do I recognize a multi-function printing device on a network?

I don't have it up anywhere anymore, but PM me about it and I'll give you a copy. It's written in perl. I had coded it for HP devices and a couple other random printer models, but it could easily be adapted to most anything that responds reasonably to SNMP.

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