Usb printers are hard to manage because they do not follow any industry standard.
After a long experience figuring out how to manage USB printers, we came back to basics. It turns out that transforming USB into ethernet it's the simplest way to go. Let me explain.
Turn USB into Ethernet
Many USB printers also have an Ethernet plug. The reason why users do not plug into the network is either they only have one ethernet plug for the PC or they do not want to connect the printer to the general network.
With the help of a USB to ethernet adapter we can plug the printer to the PC with an ethernet cable. We create a micro network between the printer and the PC with an adapter. PC will remain connected to the network as it was, with no change. The hardware has a cost (Google Ethernet USB 2.0 Adapter) but installation it's a snap. Sometimes installing heavy software can be time consuming.
Now we can simply install the AMR client driver to manage the printer as a normal network printer. The only thing is that it requires installing the AMR driver into each PC because printers can't be seen from the general enterprise network.
Manage USB printers directly
In case A plan is not possible, we still have a B plan. Now it depends on the printer brand and drivers availability.
This system works as follows. Printer manufacturer must have a driver to collect data from USB printers and "broadcast" it to the network. With the proper software, that "broadcasted" data can be collected. Here is where AMR gets in to integrate this data into your management system. So
Managing HP USB Printers
There is a list of USB printers that HP approves for "broadcasting" their data. Some basic printers are not supported.
Find a list of supported devices here (HP Web Jetadmin Supported Devices)
If you'd like to manage a USB HP supported printer, we'll help you out to find the right HP software so you can make it.
Managing Kyocera USB Printers
If you'd like to manage a USB Kyocera printer, we'll help you out to find the right Kyocera software.
Managing Samsung USB Printers
You can also manage Samsung USB printers. Samsung Software to do so it's quite heavy and hard to install. Let us know and we'll help you out.
Send us a request if you need to manage them. Contact