Delays can be irritating. Whether it’s waiting for a delayed train or standing by your network printer wondering why it’s taking 10 minutes to print a single page document. Slow network printers are not an uncommon problem, but they occur for a variety of reasons. So while you’re waiting for your printer to finally start working, why not try out a few of the solutions suggested by our partners PrinterLogic in their article:
“Assuming you’re using some variant of Windows Server, which happens to be the platform where many of these slow network printing issues arise, the first thing you’ll want to do is access the printer’s properties and ensure that the “Spool print documents so program finishes printing faster” option is enabled. This might sound like it adds an extra step to the printing process, but it actually avoids a situation where the network printer is delayed because it’s trying to do too many things at once.
Next, you’ll want to check the “Start printing after last page is spooled” sub-option—not the “Start printing immediately” option. The reason this is regarded as one of the top workarounds for slow network printing is because it won’t split print jobs in the middle of printing or cause the network printer to be delayed for other users if another larger job is taking a long time to spool.
In the same properties box, also be sure to review the “Print Spooled Documents First” sub-option. If your network printer is slow to respond and the server is accessed by a large client pool, checking this option could speed things up. It prevents small jobs from getting stuck behind large jobs that take a long time to spool.”
Are There Any Other Solutions?
All of that can sound very complicated, and depending on your print environment you might not even be able to do any of this unless you are a network admin. Unfortunately, there aren’t many solutions to slow networking printing at the user level – but your network manager may be able to try this, if the first solution didn’t work:
“Aside from software options, there are a few other workarounds for slow printing that you can try. One is to use dedicated hard drives for spooling instead of using a shared drive for spooling and the operating system. Provided you have the budget, using solid-state drives (SSDs) can speed things up further and be more reliable. After that, if you’re still seeing network printers delayed, you can begin removing cruft from the driver repository. Even when drivers are no longer in use, the monitoring software they leave behind can eat up RAM and processing power. As a last resort, you can upgrade your print server to a bigger, better faster model.”
But even this is just a patch – a bandage to hide the symptoms and keep things going a little longer. If you want to be able to really solve the problem long term, you need a different plan of attack. The enterprise print management solutions offered by Tipac and PrinterLogic remove several of the road blocks that cause slow network printer issues and instituting direct IP printing connections between machines. This creates a more stable print environment. For more information, or to book your free demo, get in touch with the Tipac team today.