A Web browser can give you access to printer info from here, there '

A Web browser can give you access to printer info from here,<br> there '

Hewlett-Packard's Color LaserJet 4500, priced at $2,499, prints colors at 4 ppm and text at 16 ppm. It includes ImageREt 2400 color enhancement.

Many color laser printers are in a new category of Internet-ready devices that can be configured, managed and used from a PC anywhere in the world, provided it's online and runs a popular browser.

Brother International Corp., Hewlett-Packard Co., Minolta Corp., NEC America Inc., Tektronix Inc. and Xerox Corp. provide software based on the new Printer Management Information Base specification, RFC 1759, developed by the Printer Working Group, a coalition of printer manufacturers.

RFC specification represents a giant leap forward from Simple Network Management Protocol-based open communications among network devices such as servers, routers and printers.

Around the world

Using a Web browser, access to printer information can be gained from virtually anywhere.

One example: With PhaserLink software, a Tektronix printer acts like an internal Web server.

It can send and retrieve current network status information through a browser program such as Netscape Communicator or Microsoft Explorer.

End users and information services staff can quickly check printer status, set configurations, access online support documentation and even monitor consumables. They can send e-mail messages to alert operators to possible trouble, such as low toner or paper supplies, before printing is interrupted.

Because e-mail and browsers are not dependent on particular operating systems, printer status notification is applicable across all platforms, according to a Tektronix white paper.

What's your function?

Hewlett-Packard's WebJet Admin and Xerox's PrinterMap tools provide similar functionality, as does Web Server, a third-party tool suite from Electronics for Imaging Inc. of Foster City, Calif.

'J.B. Miles


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