Autolabel Printer Browser
Autolabel Printer Browser is a Windows application for finding Autolabel printers on the local network.
Printer Browser runs on Windows XP Service Pack 2 or later, Windows Vista and Windows 7.
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:
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
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 is used for remote login to the printer. It provides a command line interface for advanced system maintenance. The recommended SSH client is Putty:
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:
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.
Download Printer Browser from the Autolabel software support page:
Start the installation by double-clicking the installer. You will be able to change the installation directory.
The application window will appear. If not, check system requirements under Installation.
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.
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:
This button will launch the SSH client and connect to the selected printer. A password is required. The default password is “auto”.
This button will launch the VNC viewer and connect to the selected printer.
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.
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.
Check that the .NET framework and Bonjour is installed, see Installation.
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”.