What pc printers work well with our dependable workhosre AS400 170

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Lexmark drivers
We have always used heavy duty LEXMARK T614N with our AS400 170 vintage 2000. That AS400 is steady as a rock....as were its as400 and 36 grandfathers we have owned... But new e have several pc attached and need more convenience tp print fromthe AS400 CODE thru Client Access to the printer connected locally to the PCc In 2000 the big LEXMARK T614 we installed were High power. Now many lightweignt models have even more power communication abilities Our ERP package outputs thru .... AFP protocol that the big Lexmark seems to understand. Any suggestion as to the settings the smaller lasers printers understand .... when received data from the 400... Does Client access convert the EBCIDIC tocode the printer understand? If so How..?. HELP is appreciated? THANKS.... SHS ( Data Dinosaur of Phila PA.)

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Can’t really recommend any printers. I’m a fan of HP’s (although I have an old Lexmark laser at home).

What you use for printing depends on volume requirements and what you want to invest in. If you already have printers then just go with those to begin with.

As far as configuration – Network printers (device class *LAN) will require a Manufacture type and model in the AS/400 device description. That is what handles the translation to the correct data stream (ASCII, PCL, etc) for your printer. You can also have an option workstation customization object which will do things like change the default font or swap printer drawers.

Locally attached printers (device class *VRT) are virtual devices that you set up through iSeries Access. On the emulation window, select Communication > Configure, pick “Printer” for type of emulation and then click the Setup button. You can select the font size and optionally check the box to transform to ACSII on the iSeries – and then select the type of printer hardware.

Personally, I don’t encourage users to create virtual printers. Our user base is across the entire country and each office has sufficient network printers. Excessive virtual printers become a support nightmare unless your help desk has a good grasp of (AS/400) reality!

As far as using AFP.. I think that you need to insure the printer understands AFPDS. But I’m not 100% sure. That might be handled through selecting the “Transform to ACSII” and then selecting the type of printer in the iSeries Access setup.


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  • WoodEngineer
    We user primarily HP printers, attached via TCP/IP to our AS/400. Been doing this for at least 10 years with good success. If other brands of printers support HP emulation you should be in good shape. We drive a Savin 32 ppm printer every day. We also have a big Ricoh copier / printer attached, which works just fine. Selecting the HP LJ III or IV typically works just fine. We also drive a small number of HPs via client access, both laser jets and ink jets. CA takes care of the conversion very nicely.
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  • Pressler2904
    We've had good luck with the HP LaserJet 4000 class printers (4000 / 4050 / 4200 / etc...)
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  • Koohiisan
    IBM has a section detailing what the AS400 device configuration need to be for certain printers, as well as whether or not they are supported as a 'direct-connect' device (with no virtual printer session needed): http://www-1.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=nas1b44a2cf4ba778d83862568250053649f We have a Windows print server that hosts a few Client Access sessions for a couple of HP DeskJet 6980's. We also have a Lexmark T640, W840, IBM InfoPrint 1120, HP 1320n, Brother MFC-8460. The HP 1320n has been an awesome little printer. Unfortunately, they have stopped producing that model. :(
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