4 Replies Latest reply on Nov 9, 2016 5:45 AM by Luka Obuljen

    Zebra QLn320 Internet printing

    Luka Obuljen

      Hi,

       

      Can somebody tell me is it possible to print over Internet on Zebra QLn320 printer?

      I looked in documentation but I can't find any confirmation and easy solution for it, so this is fastest way to find you it is even possible.

      If it is, how to achieve that?

       

      Thank you and best regards

        • Re: Zebra QLn320 Internet printing
          Robin West

          Hi Luka, There are many possibilities depending on your situation.  Firewalls, Browsers and other security issues make finding a single overriding solution almost impossible.  Are you trying to print from a standard cloud based server, or to a local network?  Do you want to manage printing from the server or more locally on browsers? How are the printers connected to the website (or PC/smartphone), via network, USB, Bluetooth, serial, etc?  Are your web customers primarily using PCs or are they mobile?  Are you only printing to Zebra printers?

           

          The QLn320 has several ways of handling many of these options, but it depends on your situation. 

           

          All of these are big factors in what type of solution will work best for your use case.  If you simply don't know, then the most universal option is to convert what you want to print into a PDF, and let the PDF renderers work with drivers/apps to print.  Your customers can also set up the QLn320 as a PDF printer (for a small fee) and they can send the PDF directly to it.  You might not get the print quality you want, nor do you have any control over printing, but it works on most systems and is usually easy.  I wouldn't recommend it for high throughput situations or where you need to be sure the printing occurred. 

          Some other options:

          Zebra Technologies - Zebra Web Printing Solutions

           

          Robin West

          Solution Architect

            • Re: Zebra QLn320 Internet printing
              Luka Obuljen

              Hi Robin,

               

              thank you on you answer. I was thinking to install printer in our office, connect it laptop or mobile phone and somehow with opening ports and firewall give outside access to it. Then I need solution to directly send documents over IPP or some other protocol to printer. That would be scenario I need to achieve.

                • Re: Zebra QLn320 Internet printing
                  Robin West

                  Hi Luka, You can do what you are stating.  Our printers all handle TCP / IP data over port 9100 (or 6101 for mobile printers).  Just plug the printer into your network and open port 9100 in your router's firewall (or set the router to port forward to the printer).  Standard office printers will usually allow this but you will have to look up the ports.  Then you should be able to open a standard TCP socket from your web server to the printer.  This has the benefits of allowing you to print in your office from anywhere you are.  There are security risks involved, but if you set up the router correctly, they can be minimized. 

                  If your goal is to be elsewhere (say at home) and print to your printer in the office, then you have 3 main options: The TCP one I just mentioned, Cloud Connect , and Google Cloud Print.  There are some other point solutions for specific use cases, but they are necessarily limited. 

                   

                  Cloud Connect is only available on our newest printers and involves much more coding, but has the benefits of being much more secure. 

                   

                  The documents you are sending have to be considered as well.  If you are already creating or converting documents in raw print control language you are fine.  If your documents  are standard MS Word type documents, then there is much more involved because you do not have access to a print driver that will convert them. In that case your best bet is to use Google Cloud Print (in classic mode) as that will use the print driver, but you have to make sure a PC is always on in the office.

                  Hope this helps,

                  Robin West