Autolabel Printer Browser
User Manual

Introduction

Autolabel Printer Browser is a Windows application for finding Autolabel printers on the local network.

Version

1

2011-11-24

First version

Introduction

Version

Installation

System Requirements

Operating System

.NET Framework

Bonjour for Windows

VNC Client (Optional)

SSH Client (Optional)

Windows IPv6 support (Optional)

Downloading Printer Browser

Installing Printer Browser

Using Printer Browser

Starting Printer Browser

Configuring Printer Browser

Finding and Connecting to Printers

Remote login (SSH)

Touch screen contents (VNC)

Open browser

Legacy mode

Troubleshooting

Common Problems

The application is not starting

No printers appear in the list

SSH or VNC is not working

Installation

System Requirements

Operating System

Printer Browser runs on Windows XP Service Pack 2 or later, Windows Vista and Windows 7.

.NET Framework

Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 is required. The Printer Browser installer will stop with an error if the correct version is not found.

.NET Framework 3.5 can be downloaded from Microsoft:
http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=21

Bonjour for Windows

Bonjour is an Apple implementation of Zeroconf, a technology for finding services on the local network. The Printer Browser installer will stop with an error if Bonjour for Windows is not found.

Bonjour for Windows is installed as part of Bonjour Print Services for Windows: http://support.apple.com/kb/DL999

VNC Client (Optional)

It is possible to display the contents of the printer touch screen using either a web browser or a dedicated VNC client. Using a dedicated client with IPv6 support makes it possible to connect to a printer regardless of the IP settings in the printer.

The recommended client is RealVNC Personal Edition. The VNC Viewer does not require a license: http://www.realvnc.com/products/personal/

SSH Client (Optional)

SSH is used for remote login to the printer. It provides a command line interface for advanced system maintenance. The recommended SSH client is Putty:

http://www.chiark.greenend.org.uk/~sgtatham/putty/download.html

Windows IPv6 support (Optional)

By using IPv6 it is possible to connect to a printer on the local network even if the IP settings in the printer are incorrect. IPv6 is enabled by default in Windows 7 and Windows Vista. If you are running Windows XP the IPv6 protocol has to be installed. To install the IPv6 protocol for Windows XP with SP2 or later, do the following:

  1. Click Start, click Control Panel, and then double-click Network Connections.
  2. Right-click any local area connection, and then click Properties.
  3. Click Install.
  4. In the Select Network Component Type dialog box, click Protocol, and then click Add.
  5. In the Select Network Protocol dialog box, click Microsoft TCP/IP version 6, and then click OK.
  6. Click Close to save changes to your network connection.

Alternately, from the Windows XP desktop, click Start, point to Programs, point to Accessories, and then click Command Prompt. At the command prompt, type netsh interface ipv6 install.

Downloading Printer Browser

Download Printer Browser from the Autolabel software support page:
http://www.autolabel.se/support/software

Installing Printer Browser

Start the installation by double-clicking the installer. You will be able to change the installation directory.

Using Printer Browser

Starting Printer Browser

  1. Install Printer Browser (see Installation)
  2. To start Printer Browser, navigate to Start/All Programs/Autolabel Printer Browser in the Start menu and select Printer Browser.

The application window will appear. If not, check system requirements under Installation.

Configuring Printer Browser

In order to use VNC and SSH remote login the location of the helper applications must be known to Printer Browser. Follow the steps below to complete the initial configuration.

  1. Open settings window by clicking “Settings...”
  2. Click “Browse...” after “SSH Client” and navigate to the installation directory of the SSH client. Select the executable file (for Putty this file is named putty.exe)
  3. .Click “Browse...” after “VNC Client” and navigate to the installation directory of the VNC viewer. Select the executable file (for RealVNC this file is named vncviewer.exe).
  4. Click “Ok” to save the settings.

Finding and Connecting to Printers

Autolabel printers on the local network will appear in the main window. To connect to a printer, select it in the list and click on one of the buttons in the lower part of the window:

Remote login (SSH)

This button will launch the SSH client and connect to the selected printer. A password is required. The default password is “auto”.

Touch screen contents (VNC)

This button will launch the VNC viewer and connect to the selected printer.

Open browser

This button will start the default web browser and display the printer web page. From this page it is possible to launch a Java based VNC viewer.

Legacy mode

By default Printer Browser will only display printers with a recent software version. To find printers with older software, select “Legacy mode”. Please note that Linux computers and other network devices may appear in the list in addition to Autolabel printers when legacy mode is enabled.

Troubleshooting

Common Problems

The application is not starting

Check that the .NET framework and Bonjour is installed, see Installation.

No printers appear in the list

SSH or VNC is not working

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How can I integrate Printer Browser in my own application?

A: The source code in C# is available upon request. Please contact Autolabel.

It should be possible to use any software package supporting DNS based Service Discovery (DNS-SD) to find Autolabel printers. The service type name is “_acp._tcp”.

See Avahi for Linux and Bonjour for Windows and MacOS.

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