What’s worse than a print job that takes ages to get to the printer? Your employees probably have an answer or two. For most people, slow network printing ranks up there with root canals and being stuck in a long line at airport security as their flight is boarding.
Although slow printing speeds usually result in end users reaching out for printer support, most of the blame falls squarely on the print server. Or, more accurately, the server-based printing model. When print servers are consolidated, every client ends up routing their print jobs through that one node. That puts a lot of burden on one device. It also puts a lot of strain on the WAN connection for remote branches. But a distributed server configuration isn’t a surefire solution to sluggish speeds. Heavy network traffic from non-print-related activity can impact print jobs too.
Before you begin, ask yourself this: Is the slow network printing your end users are experiencing associated with a specific printer make or model? If so, your fix might not be at the server level. Try individual printer support first.
However, if all of your print jobs feel like they’re moving through molasses, there are some potential—albeit temporary—fixes.
In the off chance you overlooked important software updates, also be sure to check if there’s a new patch available for your server OS version. That might get rid of a few bugs that are causing slow print speeds.
Of course, all of these tips assume that your IT services are based in-house. Companies that rely on managed print services might have to reach out to their provider.
Whether you’re an SMB with one office, a massive enterprise with global reach or a managed print services provider, PrinterLogic provides a single, comprehensive solution to slow network printing. Its serverless printing infrastructure removes the common culprit—namely, the print server—once and for all.
The benefits of PrinterLogic don’t stop with improving the speed and efficiency of network printing. Thanks to its superior print management, organizations can reduce the time they’re spending on printer support as well.
When Conversant Group, an IT consulting and security company specializing in the legal industry, wanted to streamline print management and boost the speed of network printing (among many other things) in its Citrix VDI environments, PrinterLogic provided the solution.
PrinterLogic’s web-based admin console made it easier for Conversant Group to provide managed print services to its customers. The company saw a huge drop in print-related support tickets. Plus it did what some considered impossible: It eliminated print servers from complex Citrix environments. Read the case study here.
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